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Monday, April 25th, 2011 | Author:

When buying new appliances a fundamental question many people ask before they make their purchase is “Should I buy a gas or electric appliance?”

This question can apply to ovens and stoves, clothes dryers, and water heaters.

The answer to this question depends on two factors only: how much the gas versus the electricity costs and how much gas or electricity does it take to run the appliance. Costs of gas and electricity vary from state to state, but the amounts can be found pretty easily. IDT Energy reminds consumers to remember to calculate the total cost of delivery as well as for the fuel found on the bill.

Just for clarity’s sake, we will examine the cost of running an electric versus a gas oven. An electric oven uses about 2.0 kWh per hour, while a gas oven uses about 0.25 therms per hour.
In New York State the cost of one kilowatt hour can vary from 10.20 cents to 16.73 cents.  The average price of natural gas in New York is about $1.26 per therm. From these numbers it seems pretty clear that using gas appliances can actually cost more to run than electric appliances, depending very much on the cost of those sources of power. For one hour of operation the gas oven will cost 1.26 X .25 = 30 cents, while the electric oven costs from 20.40 cents up to 33.46.

IDT Energy urges consumers to check not only the prices of electricity versus gas in New York, but the prices the various energy suppliers, or ESCOs charge, including IDT Energy. Then consumers can make a truly informed choice, not only about which appliances to buy, but which ESCO to choose for your household energy supplier.

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Saturday, April 09th, 2011 | Author:
IDT Energy: Natural Gas is Safe and Clean

IDT Energy: Natural Gas is Safe and Clean

Along with electricity, IDT Energy is one of New York’s main suppliers of natural gas.

Natural gas is a commonly misunderstood form of energy that we are all familiar with but really know very little about. For instance, even though the stuff we put in our cars is called “gas” and the stuff we cook with on our gas stove tops is also called “gas” these are two very different chemicals. We also use “gas” barbecues, but that gas is propane, a part of natural gas, but not the natural gas itself.

Natural gas is often placed together in the same category as other fossil fuels such as coal or petroleum and other sources of energy, but don’t let that categorization fool you. Natural gas is a unique energy source which is one of the cleanest and safest fuels around.

Natural gas can be characterized as boring: it is colorless and odorless, but it is highly combustible.  When it is burned it emits a small amount of emissions, especially compared to the amount of energy it supplies.

Before refining natural gas is a combination of many gasses:

•    Methane: 70-90%
•    Ethane, Propane, Butane: 0-20%
•    Carbon Dioxide: 0-8%
•    Oxygen: 0-0.2%
•    Nitrogen: 0-5%
•    Hydrogen sulphide: 0-5%
•    Rare gasses A, He, Ne, Xe: Trace amounts

The natural gas delivered to your home is almost pure methane. Natural gas makes up about 24% of the total energy consumed in the US in the year 2000. Coal accounted for 23%, petroleum products made up 39%, nuclear power 8% and renewable energy made up about 6% of total energy use during that year.

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