Monthly Archives: January 2010

Water Heater Reductions, Money Saved

IDT Energy wants you to save on your energy costs.  Here, you’ll find some incredibly easy tips for saving money on your energy bill. Here is a great one.  Reduce your water heater thermostat from 140 degrees Fahrenheit to 120 degrees Fahrenheit.  You won’t notice a difference whatsoever in your showers or your household water use.  What you will notice, instead, is a savings between 3-5% in energy costs with this simple adjustment.

What you’ll also notice is a slower buildup of minerals and corrosion in the water heater and pipes.  This will help your water heater to last longer and to operate to its maximum capacity.  In addition, you’ll avoid scalding which is possible when the water heater temperature is as high as 140 degrees Fahrenheit.  This win-win change can have a great influence on your energy bill and your safety!

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.

Home Energy Audit Advice from IDT Energy

When you first start to think about saving money on your energy bill, the first step is to take an energy audit.  What is an energy audit?  It’s a chance to take a look at all of your energy use in the house and to see where you are using the most energy – and where you can save the most.  There are many online resources where you can take energy quizzes and see where your money is going each month.  IDT Energy offers these suggestions.

The Department of Energy has energy audits that can help you to evaluate all of your energy usage.  There are many similar tools available online as well.  Then, once you’ve looked at your resources and expenses, you can begin to pinpoint areas where you can save each month.

Recent White House Energy Initiatives

white housePresident Obama and the White House have made great strides lately with clean energy investments and more.  They have over $80 billion in clean energy investments as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.  This should jump-start the economy and help to build the clean energy jobs for our future.

This initiative includes $11 billion for a highly advanced grid that will move renewable energy from rural places where it is produced into the cities.  It also includes $40 million for smart meters for American homes.  In addition, it includes $5 billion for low-income home weatherization projects.

These are a few of the many initiatives the White House is putting in place for helping the environment and for creating better energy investments in our future.