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Monday, September 20th, 2010 | Author:

In states that have deregulation, there are many options with regards to energy suppliers.  As you look to select a supplier, whether it’s IDT Energy or another company, you’ll want to keep a number of ideas in consideration.

Ask those that you know to find out which company they use and find out about their satisfaction levels.  Find out how long each company has been in business to see how solid their reputation is.  Learn, as well, about the financial strengths of parents of the suppliers you might consider.  Find out if each company is a public company.

Other ideas include visiting your state’s PUC website and check for the number of complaints against the supplier.  Make sure, as well, to take into consideration the number of customers the company has when looking at the importance of the number of complaints.

You’ll feel more comfortable and confident making a decision about an energy supply company after taking the time to research into your various choices.

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Wednesday, September 01st, 2010 | Author:

Certainly, the more soundly built your home is, and the better your windows are, the less energy you will lose in unnecessary ways.  If you are in the market for new windows, here are some suggestions that should help you with your purchase.  Whether you get your energy from IDT Energy or from another source, these tips can save you money in the long run.

When you look for new windows, shop for ENERGY STAR qualified models.  Look into purchasing “Low-E” (low emissivity) glass and argon-glass between the panes.  These materials work brilliantly to reflect furnace heat right back into the home and to let sunlight in while filtering out ultraviolet rays.

Look for windows that have an energy rating of -11 or better if you’re looking for windows that open and +2 or better for fixed windows. Similarly, the U-value of the windows tells you a great deal about their insulation.  If you live in a cold climate, find a U-value of .35 or below.

Finally, rather than looking for sliding windows, find casement-style windows since they offer better air filtration and durability.