Preparing for Winter Energy Use

Winter is not yet upon us, but as the season changes the temperatures drop, and the quick transition often has people running for the heaters. Energy use in the winter is especially high, and so it is wise to prepare for the season in advance. With proper planning and preparation, bills can be lowered even before they go up. Many energy providers, like IDT Energy, offer advice and even home visits to help develop new energy-saving plans. offers 5 useful tips to prepare for winter months:

  • Place wooden shelves above your radiators and heaters. Shelving above a radiator forces hot air to circulate out and into the room, rather than shooting straight up to the ceiling and being lost. You’re trying not to start a fire here, so give it at least a foot of space in between.
  • Add wooden shutters. Wooden shutters help to insulate, so replace old blinds with them or add them to your kitchen and bedroom windows. They also add a natural elegance to any space.
  • Fit your radiator valves… By fitting radiator valves in your house or apartment, you can help regulate the temperature differently with each room…
  • Ditch the electric blanket. While they help you feel cozy, they’re terrible wasters of energy and energy dollars, so bundle up with an organic cotton blanket and a pair of warm, insulated slippers instead.
  • Invest in (or make) a few heating rice packs. They may not keep you warm through and through come January, but they’re perfect for chilly fall nights. These rice-and-grain-filled sacks can be heated in a microwave (if you haven’t ditched it yet!) or placed on a radiator for a few minutes until warmed…

Clean Clothes, Money Saved

There are many easy and quick ways to save money without even feeling the changes. One such way is to wash your clothing differently. Using just a few new strategies, you can save on your energy bill; a goal that IDT Energy certainly has for its customers.

Make sure to separate out your laundry so that you aren’t drying light weight laundry with heavier items. The heavier items take longer to dry, and you’ll be using more energy than necessary by combining the two. Maintain your dryer to run effectively and efficiently.

After every load of laundry, clean the lint filter. This helps with air circulation and makes the dyer work more efficiently and quickly. Occasionally, you should check the dryer vent and the vent hose to make sure they aren’t blocked and that they are letting air flow without obstruction.