IDT Energy Offers Some Energy Saving Tips from the DOE

Programmable thermostats can help save energy

Programmable thermostats can help save energy

The US Department of Energy has a wonderful, concise booklet to help consumers save on their energy bill throughout the year. Saving energy is not only good for the individuals and families by helping them save money, it is also beneficial to the country as a whole. As the DOE puts it,

“Saving energy reduces our nation’s overall demand for resources needed to make energy, and increasing your energy efficiency is like adding another clean energy source to our electric power grid.”

Here are just a small number of suggestions to help people save on their electric bill, which IDT Energy supports:

  • Have a programmable thermostat installed to run heating and cooling systems more efficiently.
  • Don’t use your dishwasher’s drying cycle; just let the air dry off your clean dishes.
  • Remember to turn off appliances when not in use
  • Even better, unplug your appliances when not in use to save on “ghost” electric usage. You can have a number of appliance all plugged into a power strip which can be turned off, making this task easier.
  • Lowering the thermostat on your hot water heater down to 120°F keeps your water hot enough, but can save lots of energy.

The DOE has lots more tips and suggestions for saving energy. It’s good for you and its good for our community.

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:

Cut Back on Heating Costs

As winter rages on and another polar vortex threatens the United States, families can benefit greatly from learning a bit about heating and ways to conserve energy at home. Home Energy Saver recently shared this infographic in an effort to boost awareness and support energy conservation:

 

Winter Savings Tips

Winter is upon us, and during this chilly, festive season, it is important to stay on top of energy consumption. Keeping the house warm, cooking in the oven and long, hot showers all contribute to higher energy costs.

Craft/DIY Eco Tips offers some great winter energy savings ideas in this short video:

 

Energy Saving Tips for Kids

Saving energy is a top priority in almost every household. Many parents find that they struggle to keep their family’s energy consumption under control. One great way to get on top of things is to start involving every member of the family in the efforts, including the children.

TVA Kids offers some great energy saving tips for youngsters:

  • Set your home’s thermostat a few degrees lower. For each one-degree change, your family can save up to 5 percent on your home’s heating and cooling costs!

  • Turn off lights and all electronics (like computers, televisions, stereos, and video-games) when you leave a room.

  • Use the microwave instead of the oven for cooking your meals.

  • Use machines like washers, dryers, and dishwashers after 8 p.m.

  • Open your blinds or curtains on sunny winter days to let the sun shine into your home.

  • Save hot water by taking short showers instead of baths.

  • Turn off the water while you brush your teeth.

  • Occasionally hold a ribbon up to the edges of your home’s windows. If air is leaking into, or out of, the house, the ribbon will move. If you find a leak, let someone in your family know so they can fix it.

ENergy Savings Tips from the Department of Energy

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Geoff Rochwarger on Creating Value

IDT Energy CEO Geoffrey Rochwarger recently shared some advice for businesses, explaining that creating value is essential in any industry.

“Managers must evolve their business plans to meet customers’ changing needs. Every business, if it wants to grow, needs to identify how customers’ behaviors change and how this creates new markets—large and niche—that are as yet untapped. This goes for companies large and small,” he said. ““It is crucial for businesses to understand how they can leverage their customer’s additional needs to produce new revenue streams. This can be done in many ways. It may mean offering more services, tailoring existing services to further serve customers’ needs, or adjusting pricing tiers in a way that makes the product or service better for customers while augmenting the business’ earnings potential.”

 

Genie Energy Releases 2nd Quarter Results

Genie Energy released its second quarter 2013 results this week.

Claude Pupkin, Genie Energy’s CEO, said, “IDT Energy achieved strong revenue growth year over year even as gross margin, EBITDA and income from operations came in lower than we had anticipated. At Genie Oil and Gas, we continue to make progress in our projects. At Afek, our oil and gas project in the Golan Heights, we plan to begin a series of geophysical tests to evaluate the resource during the third quarter, and undertake an exploratory drilling program beginning in mid-2014. In Colorado, AMSO, LLC has embarked on an intensive program to identify, design, evaluate and test an alternative heating system after the down-hole electric heater failed earlier this year during pilot test operations. The alternative heater development process will be thorough and deliberate. This is an essential step on the road to a successful pilot test.”

Energy Saving Tips for Summer

Learn about summer energy saving tips with Energy Advisor Sherry Coleman:

 

Your Attic and Energy Efficiency

Air leaks can often be traced to your attic- resulting in a house that’s too warm in the summer and too cold in the winter. The Residential Energy Services Network offers several tips for insulating your attic:

  • Seal holes or gaps around chimneys or furnace flues to prevent air leaks.
  • Use metal flashing for larger gaps and high temperature caulk for smaller ones.
  • Identify and seal all air leaks before adding additional insulation.
  • Seal small gaps around plumbing stacks and electrical wiring.
  • Use caulk for small gaps and spray foam for gaps up to 3 inches in diameter.
  • Use a combination of foam board and foam spray for gaps larger than 3 inches in diameter.
  • Use weatherizing materials or a pre-made attic cover to insulate your attic hatch or door.
  • Make sure attic soffit and gable vents aren’t blocked to ensure free airflow.