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.

Saving in the Kitchen with IDT Energy

refrigeratorYou probably already know that a large percent of the total energy you use at home is in the kitchen and laundry room. Did you know that it was as much as one third of home energy usage? That is a big chunk of your budget. Therefore the choices we make in the kitchen and laundry can have a big effect on our energy bill.

Most of that energy is devoured by your refrigerator. So what are some ways to get our fridges to work at peak efficiency, using the least amount of electricity but giving the best results?

Start by setting the thermostat on the fridge to between 38 to 42 degrees Fahrenheit to allow your refrigerator to run about 25% more efficiently.
Another simple and obvious thing to do is to make sure the door of the refrigerator is always kept closed, except for just the few moments when you are removing food out of or putting things into the fridge. Some new refrigerators even come with an alarm that alerts you if the refrigerator door is open for more than just a few moments. If your refrigerator does not have such a device, you can buy one separately.

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.