Energy Saving Tips for College Students

While this video is a bit tongue-in-cheek, it does raise some great points about saving energy. During college, most students don’t necessarily think about keeping their budget tight when it comes to energy use. However, with so many computers and dorm rooms occupied by students, these tips can actually help college students to save money. Whether the dorm uses IDT Energy or another source, there are always ways to save money during the college experience.

“Fix a Leak” and Save on Utility Bills

In Massachusetts, a water-saving campaign has recently begun led by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the US Department of Housing and Urban Development, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs, and the Delta Faucet Company. When such devices are installed, substantial savings on IDT Energy (or other utility service provider) bills can be made.

To kick off the campaign, an event was held in Brighton entitled “Fix a Leak Week.” The idea is to make Americans aware of the importance of fixing their leaks which will not only save water, but will also save up to 10 percent on utility bills.

In order to achieve this, a whole slew of volunteer plumbers from Plumbers Local 12 installed more than 375 water saving devices at low-income housing properties last week. It seems that households in America shockingly waste over a trillion gallons of water every year. This can be avoided as a lot of the wastage is due to leaks spewing from various fixtures as well as pipes, toilets and showerheads.

During the 4th annual Fix a Leak Week, March 12-18, EPA’s WaterSense program educated Americans about the importance of fixing leaks around the home, which will save water and nearly 10 percent on utility bills.

Saving Energy- The Easy Way

Saving energy is a hot topic today, and while many people are aware of the importance, they find it hard or inconvenient to really take the time to change their energy-using habits. Many energy companies, such as IDT Energy, would be glad to help you reduce energy use and costs in your home.

One great way to minimize energy use in your home is to just make sure that everyone is aware of the issue. There are many simple things that you and your children can do to save energy and lower your electric bill at the same time.

loseyourexcuse.gov is a great website that helps you do just that. Their site lists 10 easy, simple rules that you can print out and tape on the fridge. You can also just discuss the ‘energy action plan‘ with the members of your household one night at dinner.

The list includes simple reminders like:

“1. Turn off the lights,

2. Use energy saving light bulbs,

3. Shut off computers, and

4. Use “smart” power strips.”

Is Electric Drying Always Worth It?

Energy companies like IDT Energy can attest to the fact that your appliances and electronics are responsible for around 20% of your energy bills. Here are a few tips for you to lower the costs with little effort. First of all, try air drying your dishes instead of using your dishwasher’s drying cycle. Be sure to clean off the lint filter in the dryer after use to maintain proper air circulation. Why not consider using a clothes line on sunny days instead of running your dryer at all? Air-drying is actually recommended by clothing manufacturers for certain fabrics. If you choose to use your dryer nonetheless, make sure not to over-dry the clothes. Also, dry towels and heavier cottons in different load, separated from light-weight clothes.

Winter Energy Saving Tips: IDT Energy

Winter is arriving rapidly, and it is a little known fact that the cold weather can greatly affect your electricity bill. Companies such as IDT Energy can testify to the fact that proper use of appliances and a few quick home repairs can make this season much less expensive.

First, get a programmable thermostat. Used properly, it can reduce temperature regulation costs by up to 10%. Set it at 20?C during the day and 18 when you’re sleeping or away. Second, regularly check the weather- stripping throughout your house. Drafts can increase your energy use by up to 30%. The winter months tend to be darker, and so more electric light is used throughout the daylight hours. Switch your incandescent light bulbs with fluorescent ones, as they use less energy and last longer. Lastly, make sure to close the doors to all the rooms that are not being used, as well as closets. The heat is easily wasted.

How to Save Money While Getting the Most from Your Dryer

Almost any energy company, like IDT Energy, would agree with the statement that using less energy can lower the monthly bill. It is relatively easy to conserve energy once you are aware of the appliances which consume the most power. One such appliance is the dryer- people often don’t realize how much electricity they use each day when they run it over and over again. Of course, using a clothesline during the summer months would conserve the most energy, however, many people don’t have a convenient location to use one, nor do they want to spend the extra time required to hang and remove the clothes.

The first way to conserve energy while using a dryer is to wring out the clothes in advance. This will help the drier work quickly and more efficiently. Sorting the clothes by weight will also increase the driers performance. Make sure not to overload it. The dryer uses more energy and works less efficiently when it is too full. If there are too many clothes that need to be dried, put one load in immediately after the other in order to take advantage of the energy that may still be lingering from the previous load.  Also, make sure to clean the lint filter often, and vacuum the exhaust hose at least once a year.

If you are looking to purchase a new dryer, some have moisture sensors and will shut down the moment the clothes are dry.

Saving Energy in Office Buildings: IDT Energy

Lights left on in commercial buildings not only kill thousands of birds each year – they are also a primary source of energy waste. Nearly one-third of all the electricity in the U.S. is used to run those offices, a rate of use that is expected to rise 500% in the next decade. Business employees tend to be less concerned about saving energy in their offices because there is no selfishness component: If you’re not paying, you’re not worrying. But this en masse waste of non-renewable energy sources should be a concern to every American citizen. It’s important for businesses to look at their energy supplier and to see if they can save money by switching suppliers to IDT Energy or another source.  In addition, companies should promote energy saving plans by encouraging a few good habits that will help the office save money – and help our
nation save energy. A few easy tips:

1. Turn off the lights when you go out to lunch. You can go off on your break feeling that you’ve done something good for the environment – and it’ll take you less than one second.

2. Put your monitor to sleep. You need to be awake when you go off to a meeting (or at least pretend to be!) but your monitor can use this time to take a nap.

3. Reuse & Recycle. Don’t be a tree-eater! Don’t print what you don’t need, print double-sided, and recycle the paper you do use.

Saving energy with these easy suggestions will certainly cut down on costs to the office and help the environment.

Hot Water Saving Tips: IDT Energy

Learn some specific ways to decrease your hot water use, and to save money each month on your electricity bill.  Whether you use IDT Energy or another company, these tips should help you to conserve hot water and to reduce your bill, even if only by a small amount.

Certainly, taking a shower takes less water than does taking a bath.  You can save even more hot water in the shower by using a low-flow shower head.  Make sure to turn your faucets all the way off when you finish using them and attach an aerator to the end of each faucet to reduce the flow rate of water by up to half.

Do your household cleaning with cold water – your floors do not need hot water to look clean!

Appliance Energy Usage

Understanding your energy usage, and particularly that of your electrical appliances is essential to properly manage your budget and home expenses, and it is also essential in order to become part of the international efforts in looking after our world.

When an appliance is labeled “X watts” this meant that this is the maximum measure of electricity the appliance uses. While some appliances will indeed use this volume of electricity constantly and consistently, refrigerators, for example, only use the maximum energy consumption when the compressor is running. When the fridge is quiet after having reached its goal temperature, it will simply maintain that temperature and it will then be using far less electricity.

IDT Energy, the New York ESCO, is not merely a supplier of energy, but it is concerned with the environment and your pocket. Therefore, IDT focuses on green energy and on consumer education.

IDT Energy Suggests an Energy Audit of Household Energy Use

When creating a plan to reduce household expenses on energy, it is crucial to see where most of your energy dollars are going. According to the 2007 Buildings energy Data Book we see the hugest chunk of money spent on household energy goes to space heating, around 31%. energypiechart

When planning  your household usage energy audit you should be sure to:

•    Check insulation in attic, basement walls and exterior walls, floors, ceilings and all those crawl spaces which can lose a lot of heat if not properly insulated.

•    Inspect in your walls, windows, ceilings, doors, lights fixtures, plumbing fixtures and even electrical outlets, for cracks and/or holes which can leak your expensive warm air out into the cold, cruel world.

•    Are your fireplace dampers open?

•    Look for ways to conserve energy use for lighting. Perhaps using occupancy sensors, dimmers and/or timers can help save electricity. Replacing incandescent lights with compact or standard fluorescent bulbs could save you a bundle.