Saving Energy as the Fall Arrives

In the heat of the summer, it’s hard to believe the weather is ever going to cool down. But, indeed, it will, and it will be time to start to budget for those colder months. There are many ways to save costs on the fall energy bills, whether you use IDT Energy or another energy supplier. Here are some tips that should help you to think about those colder months.

  1. Set your thermostat at 68 degrees or lower when you are home, and put it even lower when you’re out or in bed.  Believe it or not, for every degree that you lower your thermostat, you’ll be saving 2% off of your heating bill.
  2. Weatherize your home before the cold weather hits. Caulk and weather-strip all the doors and windows. Make sure your windows have locks on them as well, to make them tighter and more draft resistant.
  3. Insulate your attic, or increase the insulation you already have.  Do this for the basement and outside walls as well.

IDT Energy Savings Ideas You Can Do Now

IDT Energy believes that it is possible for families to enjoy substantial savings on their
energy bill by incorporating just a few simple ideas into their household energy use.

Take a look at this video to learn about some of these easy to implement energy
saving ideas from IDT Energy.

 

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.

Conserving Hot Water: IDT Energy

Hot water is a must-have, especially during the winter season. Everyone dreads the moment that they run out of hot water for the shower and even just for doing the dishes. Here are some great tips for conserving hot water in your home:

• Take quick showers instead of hot baths, and turn the water off when it is not in use (for example, while applying shampoo).
• Install low-flow shower and faucet heads throughout your home, and attach aerators as well.
• Use cold water for most household cleaning, like mopping the floor.
• Only run full loads in the dishwasher.

There are many other things you can do around the house to conserve hot water and energy, and by doing so, you can lower your energy bill significantly. You may want to contact your electric company like IDT Energy, as they can give your personalized advice, and may even offer a home visit.

Energy Saving Tips Video

Companies like IDT Energy suggest that you learn a bit more about your appliances, and by doing so- you save both energy and money! Here is an informative video which shows a few changes that you can make in your home in order to lower your electric bill.

IDT Energy: Laundry Savings Tips

Companies such as IDT Energy know that by introducing a few new habits into your everyday routine, you can easily lower the amount of energy that you use, as well as your electricity bill. Your laundering habits are a good example of such an opportunity. Here are a few suggestions:

  • Do your wash with cold water whenever possible.
  • Be sure to only run full loads, to maximize efficiency.
  • Make sure you don’t overload your dryer. This will cause the dryer to use more energy, and require more time to run. Clothes will also wrinkle and get worn out.
  • For maximum efficiency, use suds savers and front-loading washers.
  • Always adjust the water level according to the load size. This way, you will use less on smaller loads.
  • Overloaded washers don’t clean clothes as effectively, and often requires another cycle.
  • Make sure to clean the lint filter after each drying cycle to maintain efficiency.

Save Energy While Doing Laundry

Companies like IDT Energy know that by using your appliances wisely and efficiently, you can lower your energy bill every month. For example, your washing machine uses a lot of water and energy to run. Be sure to only run the wash when you have a full load, this way you will only be using as much energy as needed. Also, take advantage of the fact that most of the time your clothes do not need to be washed in hot water. 85-90% of the energy used while doing laundry goes towards heating the water. By turning the dial on your machine to cold, you save money, save energy, and support the environment. If you are considering a new machine, choose a front loading machine. These machines use 40% less water, and 50% less energy.

Hot Water Savings Tips

Now that winter is here, the energy costs are likely climbing due to use of heat, hot water, and more. Companies like IDT Energy would agree that not all of the costs are necessary; you can cut back slightly on your bills if you follow these few tips:

1.       Although you want nothing more than to relax in a hot, steaming bath after a cold winter day, doing so will cost you more for both the heating of the water, and the water itself. Showers use up less hot water than do baths.

2.       Install an aerator to the end of your shower head to reduce water flow by up to half. Also, make sure to turn the faucet all the way off when you are done using them.

3.       Don’t bother mopping and cleaning the house with hot water. Save the hot water for your showers, and lower your heating bill. Your house will look and feel clean even if you use soap with cold water.

Is Electric Drying Always Worth It?

Energy companies like IDT Energy can attest to the fact that your appliances and electronics are responsible for around 20% of your energy bills. Here are a few tips for you to lower the costs with little effort. First of all, try air drying your dishes instead of using your dishwasher’s drying cycle. Be sure to clean off the lint filter in the dryer after use to maintain proper air circulation. Why not consider using a clothes line on sunny days instead of running your dryer at all? Air-drying is actually recommended by clothing manufacturers for certain fabrics. If you choose to use your dryer nonetheless, make sure not to over-dry the clothes. Also, dry towels and heavier cottons in different load, separated from light-weight clothes.

Winter Energy Saving Tips: IDT Energy

Winter is arriving rapidly, and it is a little known fact that the cold weather can greatly affect your electricity bill. Companies such as IDT Energy can testify to the fact that proper use of appliances and a few quick home repairs can make this season much less expensive.

First, get a programmable thermostat. Used properly, it can reduce temperature regulation costs by up to 10%. Set it at 20?C during the day and 18 when you’re sleeping or away. Second, regularly check the weather- stripping throughout your house. Drafts can increase your energy use by up to 30%. The winter months tend to be darker, and so more electric light is used throughout the daylight hours. Switch your incandescent light bulbs with fluorescent ones, as they use less energy and last longer. Lastly, make sure to close the doors to all the rooms that are not being used, as well as closets. The heat is easily wasted.