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.

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

Quick Energy Saving Tips with Your Indoor Lights: IDT Energy

Certainly, every little bit counts when you’re trying to save money.  One easy way to cut corners is to take a look at your energy bill and to try to make some changes. Whether you use IDT Energy or another provider, there is always a way to reduce your bill a bit more and to cut down on your energy costs.

Take lighting for instance.  A typical household dedicates 11% of its energy budget to lighting.  You can reduce these costs by 50-75% with a few key adjustments.

Here are a few ways to make your indoor lighting choices more cost effective:

  1. Use fluorescent lamps rather than incandescent bulbs.  They last 6-12 times longer and they are of high quality.
  2. Buy ENERGY STAR products whenever you can.  You’ll save as much as $30 in electricity costs over the lifetime of each and every bulb.
  3. Install dimmers and timers that help you to save on electric costs by turning lights off when they aren’t in use.  Simmers allow you to lower your light levels, thus saving money.
  4. If you plan to remodel, look for recessed downlights, called “cans” that are rated for contact with insulation. They are IC rated.
  5. Make sure your home optimizes for natural light. Purchase light curtains, paint rooms with light hues and keep blinds open to let in natural light.

Hot Water Saving Tips: IDT Energy

Learn some specific ways to decrease your hot water use, and to save money each month on your electricity bill.  Whether you use IDT Energy or another company, these tips should help you to conserve hot water and to reduce your bill, even if only by a small amount.

Certainly, taking a shower takes less water than does taking a bath.  You can save even more hot water in the shower by using a low-flow shower head.  Make sure to turn your faucets all the way off when you finish using them and attach an aerator to the end of each faucet to reduce the flow rate of water by up to half.

Do your household cleaning with cold water – your floors do not need hot water to look clean!

Washer Dryer Savings Tips from IDT Energy

The largest expense of running a washing machine is heating the water. The majority of time your clothes will be just as clean after washing in cold water as washing in warm or hot water. If you do have a lot of extra dirty clothes on hand, it is more efficient to pre-soak them in warm water and then wash them in cold, saving lots of warm water which is just not necessary to use.

Do you find that your dryer just doesn’t try as quickly as it used to? This is most certainly a problem caused by an over accumulation of lint. Always check the lint trap and clean it after every load you dry. Also check the dryer’s exhaust for lint that could be blocking the efficient exiting of the hot, humid air to the outside. This simple rule can save you lots of energy, time and money.

hot sunAn even better idea is to hang your clothes to dry when the sun is shining outside. This ancient form of solar energy is free and abundant and will even give your clothes a nice “outdoorsy” smell. Yes it is time consuming, but maybe you would like to get some fresh air and enjoy the warm sunshine, and the great garden smells while at the same time saving quite a bit of energy and money.

Programmable Thermostat for Savings

thermostat 2Sometimes, big savings can come in small packages.  This is the case with the programmable thermostat.  Purchasing a programmable thermostat can drastically decrease your energy consumption and add up to great savings each year.  Here’s how:

When you properly set a programmable thermostat, it makes it easy for you to save money by lowering the temperature while you are asleep or out of the house. This means that you’ll be saving money while not sacrificing your comfort in the home.

The thermostat has pre-programmable settings that automatically turn on, and you can save even more with a programmable thermostat that is Energy Star approved.  This is one of the many suggestions that can help homeowners and renters to save money this winter.  IDT Energy wants every customer to have an easy winter and to save whenever possible.