Archive for » August, 2011 «

Saturday, August 20th, 2011 | Author:

As winter begins to approach, it’s important to think ahead so that you’ll save money when heating your home. There are some very simple ways to save on the fall and winter energy costs, whether you use IDT Energy or another energy supplier.

First, keep those shades and curtains open during the day to utilize the sun’s energy as much as possible. But, make sure to close them at night to retain the heat.  Reduce any air leads that you have, and cut as much as 10% off of your monthly energy bill.  The most common place that you’ll find air leaks include floors, walls, ceilings, ducts, fireplaces, doors, fans, windows and such.

Walk around the house and make sure that your radiators and heating vents aren’t blocked by any furniture or drapes.  Keep the radiators, registers and baseboard heaters free of dirt and dust as well. And close those vents and doors in rooms you aren’t using.

Category: IDT Energy  | Tags: , ,  | Comments off
Tuesday, August 02nd, 2011 | Author:

One of the great things about the summer is being able to cool off in your own outdoor pool.  Everyone loves to go for a swim as things start to heat up.  But – as with a lot of life’s great things – it can be incredible costly to do this.  So IDT Energy has come up with some tips to help you save money while having a fabulous afternoon splash-around activity.  First of all, make sure you are efficiently using the swimming pool filters: the cleaner they are, the better they will work and this will save you money. Perhaps in a case in which the pool is available for a whole complex – it has a specific time that the pool and cleaning sweep is being operated.  If possible, shorten this time frame.  While it may initially appear to be an additional expense, in the long-term it is worth replacing pool pumps and motors with newer (and more efficient) ones.

Using a swimming pool for cooling off during long, hot, summer afternoons is a great idea.  But as IDT Energy has pointed out, it doesn’t take too much effort to make sure you are using it efficiently, and thus not spending too much money just by not being efficient enough.

Category: energy savings  | Tags: , ,  | Comments off