A Creative Approach to Heating

Conserving energy in the winter can be a difficult task, since space heaters often require vast amounts of electricity to run. The higher the thermostat, the higher the costs.

This video presents a unique approach to heating, which focuses on heating the person instead of the entire room.


Energy Efficiency

Energy efficiency is a rising topic amongst families and businesses, with energy saving tips and facts becoming more and more sought after. Everyone knows there are many advantages to reducing energy use at home, but the concept of energy efficiency is often misunderstood.

According to Wikipedia, efficient energy use is:

“The goal of efforts to reduce the amount of energy required to provide products and services.”

It lists several examples:

“Insulating a home allows a building to use less heating and cooling energy to achieve and maintain a comfortable temperature. Installing fluorescent lights or natural skylights reduces the amount of energy required to attain the same level of illumination compared with using traditional incandescent light bulbs. Compact fluorescent lights use one-third the energy of incandescent lights and may last 6 to 10 times longer. Improvements in energy efficiency are most often achieved by adopting a more efficient technology or production process.”

It goes on to explain that “there are various motivations to improve energy efficiency. Reducing energy use reduces energy costs and may result in a financial cost saving to consumers if the energy savings offset any additional costs of implementing an energy efficient technology. Reducing energy use is also seen as a solution to the problem of reducing emissions. According to the International Energy Agency, improved energy efficiency in buildings, industrial processes and transportation could reduce the world’s energy needs in 2050 by one third, and help control global emissions of greenhouse gases.”

Water Heating Energy Saving Tips

Energy.gov 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.

Saving Energy at Home

Homes throughout the New York area often deal with unreasonably high electricity bills. Though some people accept the reality as inevitable, many realize that with a bit of effort they can reduce energy use, and thereby spending. First, consult your energy provider, like IDT Energy. Most companies will be able to assess your monthly use and make several useful suggestions.

Next, ask yourself the following questions from Energy Savers:

  • How much money do you spend on energy?
  • What are your greatest energy losses?
  • Do energy-saving measures provide additional benefits that are important to you, like increased comfort from installing double-paned, efficient windows?
  • How long do you plan to own your current home?
  • How much time do you have for maintenance and repairs?

In addition, simple behavioral changes and habits can significantly reduce energy use in your home. Discuss with family members or roommates, and be sure to stick with new policies.