New York About to Embark on Large Energy Savings Plan

NYEM Headquarters. Photo courtesy of NYPA

NYEM Headquarters. Photo courtesy of NYPA

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced his administration’s latest idea to help reduce power usage in public buildings and thus save tax payers millions of dollars over the coming years.

The plan is called the New York Energy Manager, or NYEM, and will consist of a center which will provide public buildings all over the state with real-time information on their energy use. The information will then be used to help building managers to improve their energy performance, resulting in decreases utility bills. The center will be headquartered at the State University of New York’s Colleges of Nanoscale Science and Engineering.

The NYEM was designed by, and is being deployed and managed by the New York Power Authority. NYEM’s mandate is not only to help public facilities reduce their energy usage and running costs; it will also take on the responsibility of helping the state to lower emissions of greenhouse gasses, and to create more jobs in the growing green marketplace.

“The NY Energy Manager leverages the very best in smart technology to help the State save millions of dollars a year on energy costs,” Governor Cuomo said. “This facility serves as a statewide energy monitoring hub that will allow us to lower utility expenses, reduce our greenhouse gas emissions, and continue fostering a robust clean energy economy. I am pleased to see this partnership between NYPA and the Colleges of Nanoscale Science and Engineering at SUNY Polytechnic Institute officially opened, because it is another integral part of our approach to creating a cleaner, greener state for all New Yorkers.”

New York City Pledging Large Energy Savings

Climate Change Big Issue at UN Summit

Climate Change Big Issue at UN Summit

A new initiative for New York to become more energy efficient and to reduce greenhouse gas emissions will be announced in conjunction with the United Nations Climate Summit on September 23, 2014. New York City is planning on a huge general overhaul of its present energy-efficiency standards for all of its public buildings as well as persuading private landlords to comply with the new standards by making similar improvements in their energy consumption.

The initiative is part of a promise which big cities around the world are expected to make to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 80 percent from 2005 levels by the year 2050. The United States has said that this is the goal developed countries need to reach in order to mitigate the negative effects of climate change.

New York City will need to dedicate at least $1 billion of its capital funding towards improving the city buildings during the coming ten years, according to administration officials. That does not include private building changes. Officials say the increased spending will be included into the city’s 10-year capital plan, which will be publicized in the beginning of next year.

“Global warming was much more of an abstraction to New York City until two years ago,” Mr. de Blasio said in an interview, alluding to Hurricane Sandy, which in 2012 caused 44 deaths and resulted in $19 billion of damage to the city. “There’s a moral imperative to act.”

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:

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 Saving Tips for Summer

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


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

Energy Saving Tips for College Students

While this video is a bit tongue-in-cheek, it does raise some great points about saving energy. During college, most students don’t necessarily think about keeping their budget tight when it comes to energy use. However, with so many computers and dorm rooms occupied by students, these tips can actually help college students to save money. Whether the dorm uses IDT Energy or another source, there are always ways to save money during the college experience.

Water Heating Energy Saving Tips 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.

Teaching Kids about Saving Energy

It’s never too early to teach your children about energy conservation. This cute and informative video helps kids to understand what ENERGY STAR rated products are, what incandescent light bulbs are and what distinguishes them from compact fluorescent bulbs.

Certainly, there are many ways to work to save money on your electric bill, from switching to IDT Energy or another well priced source to using ENERGY STAR labeled bulbs. Learn more and start saving today!

New York’s Great Appliance Swap Out


At IDT Energy we are always looking for ways for our customers to save more: more energy and more money on their utility bills. One great way to realize a lot of savings is by participating in the “New York Great Appliance Swap Out.” the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority is making a special effort this Earth Day to encourage New Yorkers to “Buy Green to Save Green.”

This initiative has already provided almost $13.6 million in help to over 125,000 New York residents to reduce their energy expenses. There is now $3.2 million available to New Yorkers who are interested in replacing their old, energy wasting appliances with models which are brand new, energy efficient and environmentally friendly.

The Swap-Out works by giving consumers up to $555 as a rebate towards their purchase of high efficiency refrigerators, freezers, washing machines and dishwashers. Funding is made available through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA.) All funds will be allocated by the end of the year, and consumers can keep track of how much funding still remains by going to

“New Yorkers can honor Earth Day well past April 22nd by participating in the Great Appliance Swap Out,” said Francis J. Murray, Jr., President and CEO of NYSERDA.

“This program gives consumers the opportunity to replace their old, inefficient appliances with energy-efficient models that will help reduce our carbon footprint, all with the added benefit of a cash rebate. High efficiency appliances conserve energy, lower energy costs, and lessen the impact energy can have on the environment.”