New DSIRE Expected in December 2014

Energy efficiency

DSIRE Helps Consumers and Businesses Find Great Ways to Save Money Through Saving Energy

The highly useful Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency has been helping people discover a wide range of programs and ideas for saving energy in New York as well as the rest of the US.

A collaborative project of the US Department of Energy and the North Carolina Clean Energy Technology Center, DSIRE is a “comprehensive source of information on Federal, state, local, and utility incentives” which are in place to promote renewable energy and energy efficiency.

As new information becomes available, which is often on a daily basis, the database is updated. Founded in 1995, the database is composed of two searchable subsets: a database for renewable energy and another one for energy efficiency. Searches can be conducted either on the state or at the federal level, and the searches are organized into one of two possible categories: financial incentives; and rules, regulations and policies.

The new database, which will be ready by December, 2014, will offer “significant improvements over the current version.” Those improvements will include: greater data accessibility and a selection of new search tools for users. When December arrives, check it out, or better yet, check it out today.

IDT Energy Suggests Saving Should Be a Family Project

IDT Energy believes that saving energy can become a family project which teaches appreciation of our precious natural resources, educates about where our energy comes from, and gets the family united to achieve a worthwhile goal.

So where to begin? Begin with a plan.

1.    Turn off lights when not in use.
2.    Use the new energy saving light bulbs called CFLs.
3.    Turn off computers.
4.    Use power strips to make turning off lots of equipment easy.
5.    Shut off entertainment systems and other devices when not in use.
6.    Whenever possible use natural light, heating and cooling.
7.    Unplug the phone’s battery charger when not in use.
8.    Try to purchase Energy Star appliances whenever possible.
9.    Understand digital programmable thermostats and use them.
10.    Think about home improvements which will help make your home more energy efficient, like insulation, calking, roof repair and more; and then go do them.

IDT Energy suggests that you  get a check list to hang on your refrigerator as a reminder to you and your family to always try to save energy.

Inside Your Fridge With IDT Energy

fridge schematic

First of all, you should know that refrigeration is based on a simple principle: the evaporation of a liquid to keep things cold. You already know about this principle, you experience it every time you perspire to release extra heat from your body, or cooling off by getting wet.  When the water evaporates off your body, it uses energy by absorbing heat and cooling you off. The effect of putting alcohol on your skin is even better at cooling, because alcohol evaporates at an even lower temperature.

In a refrigerator the liquid that evaporates does so at an extremely low temperature, cold enough to create the icy cold conditions inside your fridge and freezer. If you should be foolish enough to put some of the refrigerator’s coolant on your skin, your skin will freeze as the refrigerant evaporates.

Your refrigerator is made up of five basic parts:

1.    Compressor

2.    Heat-exchanging pipes- coiled or serpentine, found outside the fridge

3.    Expansion valve

4.    Heat-exchanging pipers-coiled or serpentine, found inside the fridge

5.    Refrigerant- the liquid which evaporates inside the refrigerator to create the cold environment of the fridge.

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.