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Wednesday, November 24th, 2010 | Author:

Energy companies like IDT Energy would agree that around 56% of the energy used in the home is consumed by heating and cooling systems. Here are a few simple ideas that can help you lower your monthly energy bills. Try putting heat-resistant radiator reflectors between your walls and radiators.

Make sure to free trapped air from hot-water radiators at least once a season; if you don’t feel comfortable doing this on your own, contact a professional. Clean  baseboard heaters, radiators and warm-air registers as needed, and ensure that they are not blocked by drapes, furniture or carpeting. Also, be sure to replace furnace filters as required. Try insulating your water heater and hot water pipes in order to retain the heat.

Saturday, November 13th, 2010 | Author:

When you go on vacation, you should be aware of a few ways to minimize your energy use while you’re away. Companies such as IDT Energy can attest to the fact that although you are not consciously using appliances in your house during these times, it is definitely possible that you are using energy by mistake.

The first big energy user in your home is if your refrigerator. If you are traveling for a long amount of time, you may want to empty it out and unplug it for a while. If you have a pool, ensure that you leave it covered, and that the timer on the pump is set correctly. Be aware of phantom power! Small appliances that are left plugged into the power use up energy. Before you leave, be sure to unplug all such appliances, from televisions to phone chargers. Lastly, if you plan to leave lights on, inside or out, for security reasons, set a timer so that the lights are shut off during the day. This way you can even make a more realistic setting, by having the bedroom lights go off at night, and just leaving a hallway or bathroom light on.

Wednesday, November 03rd, 2010 | Author:

One easy way to save on your energy bill each month is to educate yourself about using your appliances more efficiently.  Whether you use IDT Energy or another provider, you can save by becoming more careful in your appliance use.

When using your stove top, make sure to use pots that match the stovetop’s elements in terms of size.  In addition, make sure that your lids match your pots and that they fit snugly together.  Keep the lids on while you are cooking to save as much as 20% of the energy.  Boil water with an electric kettle and only boil what you actually need.

With the oven, make sure to use the self-cleaning feature on the oven right after you’ve cooked because it will use less electricity.  Only preheat for a brief amount of time – it’s only really necessary for baking and it takes up a lot of energy. Use the oven window, rather than opening the oven, to check if food is cooking.  When you open the door, it actually releases at least 20% of the heat.