Archive for » October, 2010 «

Sunday, October 24th, 2010 | Author:

According to many electric companies, such as IDT Energy, proper use of your appliances can lower your electricity bill. Commonly used appliances, like ovens or stoves, can consume a lot of power every day, and so it is important to use them correctly. Be sure to use pots that are compatible with the stovetop’s size, and keep them covered at all times while cooking. Be sure to use tops that fit tightly. If you need only to boil water, consider using an electric kettle, and only the required amount of water.

Preheat the oven for a short amount of time or not at all- only baking truly requires this, and use the window to inspect the food while it is in the oven. Every time the door is opened 20% of the heat is lost.  If you plan on using the self-clean feature, use it immediately after use of the oven so that it uses less power.  If you want to reheat food, you may want to do so in a microwave or toaster, as they require much less power than an oven.

Thursday, October 14th, 2010 | Author:

One question that people often ask when they are evaluating their energy costs and home improvement ideas is whether or not they should purchase a storm door.  Storm doors are great investments if your existing door is old but still in good condition.  For newer, insulated doors, however, they are usually not worth the expense since they won’t actually help you to save more energy.

If your exterior door already gets a few hours of direct sunlight a day, don’t add a glass storm door.  This will trap too much heat against the entry door and could damage it.  High quality storm doors use low-emissivity glass or glazing.  These doors, in general, are made of aluminum, steel, fiberglass or wood, with the wood storm doors requiring the most maintenance.  Many metal-framed storm doors have foam insulation within their frames.

Another option if you are considering purchasing a storm door is to purchase insulated drapes instead.  This is particularly useful for patio doors.

Certainly, these are important considerations to help with your home energy costs.  Find out about other ways to save by switching suppliers to IDT Energy or another company and by reading up on other home improvement ideas.

Saturday, October 02nd, 2010 | Author:

Certainly, you want to have a great energy supplier to make sure that you get your electricity supplied in a timely, cost-effective manner.  In states where there is deregulation, you can enjoy a choice, selecting from many companies including IDT Energy.

While selecting the company of your choice, you should also prepare for power outages in the home.  You should always know where your circuit breakers are located and how to check the breaker switch to see if this is tripped.  You should have flash lights with fresh batteries readily available and know where they are.

Purchase a battery-powered radio or television set to listen to news and weather announcements. Have candles or oil lamps (and matches) available.  Post the emergency numbers for your electric utility and for an electrician nearby in case you need to call.

Category: IDT Energy, Utilities  | Tags: , ,  | Comments off