ENergy Savings Tips from the Department of Energy

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Free Energy Saving Tips

Saving energy has many benefits. There are many ways to  use energy more efficiently at home. Here are some simple, free ways you can manage your energy consumption:

  • Run your heating for just one hour less every day
  • Keep the air flow vents on your electric heaters clean
  • Turn down your thermostat by one degree
  • Shut out the night and keep in the heat, but make sure you don’t drape your curtains over radiators as this sends heat straight out of your windows
  • Don’t set the thermostat too high – 60°C/140°F is fine for a hot bath or wash
  • Take a shower – it’s faster, cheaper and more efficient than your bath
  • Put the plug in – running that hot tap costs money and wastes water
  • Fix that drip – leaks waste a lot more water than you think

What is ENERGY STAR?

New Yorkers and other Americans have been working with energy providers like IDT Energy to reduce energy use and increase savings. Many people are told to purchase ENERGY STAR appliances, or to look for Energy Star seals.

What does this mean?

According to EnergyStar.gov, Energy Star is a “joint program of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy helping us all save money and protect the environment through energy efficient products and practices.”

The site adds that “results are already adding up. Americans, with the help of ENERGY STAR, saved enough energy in 2010 alone to avoid greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to those from 33 million cars- all while saving nearly $18 billion on their utility bills.”

A Creative Approach to Heating

Conserving energy in the winter can be a difficult task, since space heaters often require vast amounts of electricity to run. The higher the thermostat, the higher the costs.

This video presents a unique approach to heating, which focuses on heating the person instead of the entire room.

 

Conserving Energy One Light at a Time

Energy conservation is a simple way to reduce electricity costs while protecting the environment. Every household member should be responsible and minimize unnecessary energy use. One of the most common mistakes people make is leaving the lights on even when a room is not in use.

Energy Quest offers some good advice on the subject:

  • Don’t leave lights on when no one is in the room. If you are going to be out of the room for more than five minutes, turn off the light.
  • If you know of a light that everyone forgets to turn off, make a sticker or a sign to hang next to the switch that says “Lights Out!” or “Don’t Forget!”
  • Where possible, use compact fluorescent light bulbs. Those funny-looking bulbs produce the same amount of light by using 1/4 of the electricity. Plus, they last for years and years without burning out.

Interestingly, they add that “There’s one light bulb that firefighters in Livermore, California, never turn off. It uses very little energy and has been burning for 101 years!”

Water Heating Energy Saving Tips

Energy.gov recently held an online Twitter Chat to discuss energy efficiency and saving tips. Participants asked questions which were then answered by the site’s residential energy efficiency experts.

One JasjeetHanjrah tweeted:

“After home heating and cooling, what is the second largest area of energy consumption in the home, and how can I cut energy use in that area?”

The experts responded:

“Water heating is the next largest home energy load after heating and cooling. The best way to reduce water heating energy use is to ensure your water heater’s thermostat is set to 120 degrees Fahrenheit (you no longer have to set your water heater to a higher temperature to sanitize dishes if your dishwasher has a booster heater). Improvements such as installing low-flow faucets and showerheads, and insulating hot water pipes will also help you save money on water heating. Finally, if the water heater needs to be replaced (water heaters typically last 10-15 years), choose an energy efficient model with a .67 energy factor, or a tankless water heater with a .85 E.F. if you use natural gas as the fuel type. Another option for replacing your water heater is to install a heat pump water heater, which typically uses less electricity to heat water than conventional electric heaters…”

For more savings tips, contact your local energy provider, like IDT Energy in New York.

IDT Energy: Kill A Watt Device Helps Save Electricity

We are all trying to save money by saving electricity. This clever device will tell you the efficiency level of the appliance which you plug into it. The Kill A Watt displays in its large LCD screen the consumption, in kilowatt-hour, of the electricity that the appliance is using. By calculating this information for you in the same way that the utility company does, it is easy to see exactly how much it costs to run that appliance.

The tool can also monitor voltage and line frequency, and it can also test if an outlet is in working order. This useful device can help you decide if its time for a new, energy efficient refrigerator, or if the old one is still cost effective.

IDT Energy is an ESCO

ESCOs Help Consumers Save

ESCO stands for “Energy Service Company.” When the power supply utility companies in New York were deregulated, ESCOs, including IDT Energy, came into being. Competition was introduced into an area which was essentially populated with monopolies which had government protection as well as regulation.

 

With deregulation came the competition which allowed prices, and services to bring in customers, hopefully encouraging the quality of services provided as well as helping to keep costs competitive.

Under this system energy service is divided into two parts, the supply of energy and its delivery. IDT Energy offers a “Switch and Save” program which allows consumers to choose IDT Energy as their supplier, while their local utility, such as Con Edison, remains in charge of power delivery.

Consumers are not compelled to switch to an ESCO, but in many cases, as when switching to IDT Energy, it is possible to save money on the monthly bill for electricity and natural gas.

IDT Energy Savings Ideas You Can Do Now

IDT Energy believes that it is possible for families to enjoy substantial savings on their
energy bill by incorporating just a few simple ideas into their household energy use.

Take a look at this video to learn about some of these easy to implement energy
saving ideas from IDT Energy.

 

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.