Inaccurate Energy Saving Tags Still Guide Consumers to Good Choices

According to Tracee Carrasco of CBS2 News in New York, the yellow energy-savings tags on appliances do not accurately represent the dollar savings consumers will enjoy when purchasing new appliances.

Carrasco reports that professor of economics Lucas Davis simply says that, “The labels are wrong.”

Davis explains that the dollar figures given on the labels are national averages of electricity costs, and in New York, where electricity is much more expensive, the amount saved will most likely not be the same amount as what is written on the tags.

“They show information based on national average electricity prices,” Davis said. “The problem is, people have no idea how much they spend for electricity so they have no idea how to make that conversion.”

Nevertheless, even with the inaccurate numbers on the tags, they still help consumers decide which appliance to buy based on the comparison of amount saved with the other appliances on display. In other words the tags still help people save money and energy.

“We found people who saw better labels, made better decisions and they saved money—a lot of money,” Davis said.

Choosing Energy Saving Appliances

energuideWhen the time comes to purchase new appliances, consumers often base their choices on how energy efficient the new appliance will be. Luckily most of the work involved in figuring out just how energy efficient and appliance is has already been worked out, by the people who endorse appliances with the Energy Star. Combining the Energy Star endorsement with the Energuide rating system, which tells consumers exactly how much energy the appliance uses, will help shoppers make the best possible purchases.

Simple Tips for Saving Energy

Little things can make a big difference when it comes to saving energy, according to reporter Stacy Johnson. Learn more about simple energy conservation at home:

IDT Energy Suggests Some Kitchen Energy Saving Tips

The kitchen is one of the busiest rooms in the house, with lots of energy saving devices, meaning that they save humans energy. But in order to save you energy the appliances take the energy from the environment.

IDT Energy presents some ways to reduce to a minimum the amount of energy needed to run your kitchen:

  1. Fill your dishwasher to capacity before running. Research has shown that a dishwasher used this way can save 37% of the water needed if the dishes were washed by hand. So you can use the dishwasher guilt-free.
  2. There is a way to wash dishes using even less water than the dishwasher; fill one sink with soapy water and the adjacent sink with rinse water, and do not let the water run out of the faucet. Then you will use a whopping 50% of the water used by the dishwasher.
  3. Use your microwave to defrost or warm up small amounts of food instead of the stove. This can save up to 50% of the energy that the stove would use. The microwave also heats up the kitchen less, a plus in the summer.
  4. Close the fridge door right away. Decide what you want from the fridge before you open the door, take it out, and close the door. Test the tightness of the door by closing it on a one dollar bill. If the dollar pulls out easily, then the door is probably not tight enough, and cold air may be leaking out. Get it checked.
  5. Old refrigerators are big energy wasters. Consider replacing your old fridge with a new energy efficient model. Look for the Energy Star.

IDT Energy Brings You More Energy Saving Ideas

Watch this informative and clear video for some simple ideas on what you can do now to begin saving energy at home and at the office.

Washing Dishes the Energy Saving Way: IDT Energy

If anybody tells you that using a dishwasher wastes water and energy, you can assure them that, depending on how you use your dishwasher that is simply not true. There are several things that you actually save by using the dishwasher rather than washing your dishes by hand.

Water

Are you surprised? Don’t be. If you only use your dishwasher when it is completely loaded up, the amount of water used will actually be less than if you washed each of those dishes by hand. One researcher found that the difference comes to 37% less water.

Time

For many people, time is money. Certainly in today’s world of two parents away from home all day at work, the time spendt washing dishes by hand could better be used enjoying the company of family and friends, plus numerous other chores which must be done.  As a time-saving device, the dishwasher rocks.

Electricity

Yes, a dishwasher does use more electricity than washing by hand, but as appliances become more efficient, you might be surprised at how little electricity the dishwasher really needs. After all, most of the electricity, about 80% used by the dishwasher is for heating the water. Whether you hand wash or machine wash, hot water still needs to be made. Also be sure to look for the Energy Star label to ensure you are purchasing the most energy efficient appliance around.

IDT Energy urges consumers to carefully pick appliances best suited to their family’s needs and lifestyles, and be energy smart.

Quick Energy Saving Tips with Your Indoor Lights: IDT Energy

Certainly, every little bit counts when you’re trying to save money.  One easy way to cut corners is to take a look at your energy bill and to try to make some changes. Whether you use IDT Energy or another provider, there is always a way to reduce your bill a bit more and to cut down on your energy costs.

Take lighting for instance.  A typical household dedicates 11% of its energy budget to lighting.  You can reduce these costs by 50-75% with a few key adjustments.

Here are a few ways to make your indoor lighting choices more cost effective:

  1. Use fluorescent lamps rather than incandescent bulbs.  They last 6-12 times longer and they are of high quality.
  2. Buy ENERGY STAR products whenever you can.  You’ll save as much as $30 in electricity costs over the lifetime of each and every bulb.
  3. Install dimmers and timers that help you to save on electric costs by turning lights off when they aren’t in use.  Simmers allow you to lower your light levels, thus saving money.
  4. If you plan to remodel, look for recessed downlights, called “cans” that are rated for contact with insulation. They are IC rated.
  5. Make sure your home optimizes for natural light. Purchase light curtains, paint rooms with light hues and keep blinds open to let in natural light.

Energy Saving Tips Video

Companies like IDT Energy suggest that you learn a bit more about your appliances, and by doing so- you save both energy and money! Here is an informative video which shows a few changes that you can make in your home in order to lower your electric bill.

Saving Energy While Getting Your Clothes Clean: IDT Energy

Even while doing your laundry, you can learn key ways to save on your energy use.  Believe it or not, 85-90% of the energy that you use while washing the clothes is for heating the water.  If you do cold water washes and rinses, however, you’ll save a tremendous amount of this electricity. Whether you’re using IDT Energy or another energy supplier, you’ll have real savings with these tips.

Use your washing machine after 8pm, when the electricity demand is lower and make sure to only use the water level that you really need for the load you are doing.  Only do the laundry when you have a full load and consider purchasing a smaller machine if you usually find that your laundry loads don’t fill the machine completely.

If you’re in the market for a new machine, look for one that is ENERGY STAR qualified, as it can reduce water use by almost 45% and energy use by about 65%.

Business Saving Tips on Energy: IDT Energy

Any boss knows that every dollar counts.  The more that you can save money on your energy bill, the more you’ll have for employee benefits, company functioning and more.  When evaluating your company’s energy use, consider switching suppliers to a company like IDT Energy if you live in a state with deregulated energy suppliers.

Do regular tuning of your heating and ventilation systems and regularly replace filters.  Install ceiling fans wherever possible to help with air circulation and temperature regulation.  If you are in the market to purchase new heating and ventilation units, choose ENERGY STAR ones and also use ENERGY STAR light bulbs and other equipment.

Make sure that water heater and supply pipes are insulated and install ceiling and wall insulation.