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.


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.


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.


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.

IDT Energy Brings Power to Your Door

Have you ever thought about how important electricity is in the world we live? In today’s world we almost take electricity for granted, but if you try and imagine what the world would be like without electricity, you would be startled to know that life as we know it today would be virtually impossible. Another astounding fact is that it has not even been 150 years since Thomas Edison created the first practical electric light bulb in 1879.

IDT Energy is one place where New Yorkers go to get their electricity, helping to power today’s lifestyles.

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 Says “Don’t Let Your Hot Water Bill Get You in Hot Water!”


Knowing where all the hot water you use goes is a great first step in starting a savings plan help to get your energy bill under control. IDT Energy suggests that you examine a few of your
simple every day activities which may be using a lot more water than you realize.

Here is a sample of the typical quantities of water used in daily routine activities:

•    Laundry-                       32 Gallons per load of laundry

•    Shower-                          20 Gallons per shower

•    Bath-                                20 Gallons per bath

•    Dishes-                            12 Gallons or water are used per load in an automatic dishwasher

•    Food preparation-     This can typically use about 5 gallons of water

•    Dishes by Hand-          4 Gallons of water are used to wash a sink full of dishes.

More Stats and Tips for Energy Savings from IDT Energy

Here are some more great ideas to help you save money and energy around the house, from IDT Energy.

•    Many electronic appliances, such as microwaves, TVs, VCRs, DVD players and more use energy even when not in use. Together these idle “vampires” consume 5 % of the nation’s domestic energy, costing consumers a staggering $3 billion each year.
•    An average American family spends over $200 on air conditioning. In some places in the southern states households quite easily can spend double that amount.
•    Over the lifetime of an air conditioner, only one quarter is spent on the purchase price. The rest, ¾ of the cost, is spent on running it.
•    Look for the Energy Star when replacing your old air conditioner and save about 20% on your cooling expenses.
•    Home office equipment and other electronic equipment can be powered down with their “sleep” feature to save as much as $70 a year on energy costs.
•    Wash your clothes in warm or cool water instead of hot water to save 80-85 per cent of the energy cost of laundering your clothes. Your clothes will be just as clean, and you’ll be a lot richer.

More Energy Saving Tips From IDT Energy

Air Dry Dishes to Save Energy

Air Dry Dishes to Save Energy

In its relentless search for more ways for you to save on your electric and other energy bills,  IDT Energy has compiled some more ideas on how to start saving, right now!

1.    Turn off the heated drying cycle on the dishwasher and let the air dry your dishes instead.

2.    Did you know that washing your clothes in hot water is not only a waste of energy which is needed to heat that water, but it is also harmful to your clothes?  Wash in cold water whenever possible.

3.    Replace your light bulbs with compact fluorescent bulbs. They last longer and use less electricity.

4.    Showers are much more energy efficient than baths, and they save water, too!

5.    Products with an “Energy Star” label have met strict guidelines for energy use efficiency as set by the U.S. Department of Energy.

At IDT Energy we are doing all we can to help people save energy and money now and protect our world for the future.

Saving Energy Tips With IDT Energy

Stay Cool!

Stay Cool!

IDT Energy wants you to save on your energy bills with some tips on what you can do right now to achieve this goal.

1.    Get a programmable thermostat which will automatically adjust to keep your house just the right temperature, either comfortably warm or cool.

2.    Not only does it save energy when you reduce the temperature on the thermostat of your hot water heater, it is safer, too. 120 degrees Fahrenheit should be hot enough for just about anyone, without that “scalding effect” you might experience at higher temperatures.

3.    It is more energy efficient to run your dishwasher or washing machine when fully loaded.  Go out and buy more clothes and then you won’t need to do a wash so often!

4.    Keep your electronic equipment hooked up using power strips. When not in use, turn off your equipment with the power strip. This saves your equipment from the constant and wasteful energy draw of “stand-by” mode.

5.    It is incorrect that turning your computer on and off is damaging. Save electricity by turning off your computer when not in use. If you leave your computer for differing amounts of time make sure to set the power save options.

Keeping Cool in New York this Summer with IDT Energy

Summer’s coming and IDT Energy wants you to think about saving on your electric bill. We all know that summers in New York can be challenging when it comes to staying cool, so here’s a simple summary of the basics of saving energy, and keeping cool, too.

It’s always important to keep in mind that there are two aspects to saving, efficiency and conservation:

Conservation refers to how you use energy; do you only use exactly how much you need, or do you leave lights on when you’re not in a room, or let the water run when it’s not in use. Recycling would also come under the category of conservation, because whenever you don’t need to use resources, for instance if you can use paper, glass or plastic over again, you have conserved the resources that would have been needed to produce new paper, glass or plastic.

The other half of the saving equation relies on energy efficiency. This often refers to how well a machine or appliance, such as an air conditioner or refrigerator, turns energy into the form that you need it, such as turning electricity to cold air. Efficiency can also be increased using insulation and other mechanical ways of focusing or directing the effect you want to the place that you want it. For instance, if you want to cool off your living room you can increase the efficiency of your air conditioner by closing curtains to keep out excess sunlight and heat, and closing doors to keep in the cold air. In this way your air conditioner does not need to work as hard to produce the same cooling effect.

IDT Energy wishes you a cool summer in hot New York!

IDT Energy is YOUR energy company

IDT Energy is one of the leading private Energy Service Companies. IDT Energy started with the deregulation of the energy industry in NY State, offering the best prices and a top quality product that offered the many homeowners the chance to make major progress with their energy consumption. IDT Energy offers all the traditional energy products, and like other ESCOs, the existing infrastructure of the Utilities company is utilized for the ESCO’s service, so moving to IDT is simple and easy.

Aside from the cost benefits of the energy itself, as well as the improved service, IDT Energy is committed to Green Energy – IDT Energy cares for the environment as much as it does for your pocket! Currently, IDT Energy has hundreds of thousands of satisfied customers throughout New York State.

All your gas & electricity needs together with your financial and environmental concerns are addressed by IDT Energy.

IDT Energy and New York:Bringing Green to the City

New York City, the vibrant hub of international commerce, art and fashion during the 20th century must set its goals on maintaining its status into the 21st century and beyond. IDT Energy recognizes that as the demands of an increasing population and decreasing space continues, the city will need to explore new ways to save energy resources such as electricity and gas and find other methods of energy generation, such as green energy production. To maintain the high level of satisfaction with living in New York it will also be necessary to maintain, if not increase the green space it’s citizens now enjoy.