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.

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, New York, Curitaba and the Green Connection

New York does not need to reinvent the wheel when it comes to creating a greener environment. In Curitaba, Brazil an ongoing experiment in urban planning to maximize green space and minimize waste of resources has been going on. In the early 1970s, when Brazil was welcoming any industry, no matter how toxic its by products, Curitiba admitted only non polluters; it constructed an industrial district that reserved so much land for green space that it was called a “golf course” by its detractors until it succeeded in filling up with major businesses while cities in other Latin American countries were in the doldrums. Through the creation of two dozen recreational parks, many with lakes to catch runoff in low-lying areas that flood at times, Curitiba managed to increase its green areas from 5 square feet per inhabitant to an amazing 560 square feet. The city promoted “green” policies before they were fashionable and called itself “the ecological capital of Brazil” in the 1980s, when there were no rivals for such an honor. Today, Curitiba remains a pilgrimage destination for urbanologists who are fascinated by its bus system, garbage-recycling program and network of parks. It is the answer to the question: How would cities look if urban planners, not politicians, took control?

New York City, in partnership with IDT Energy should lead the way in utilizing safe, clean energy generation, responsible use of resources, intelligent use of green energy and cost savings for its citizens. This will insure that New York continues to influence worldwide trends throughout the 21st century and beyond.

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.

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