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Saturday, December 31st, 2011 | Author:

Learn important tips, in under two minutes, for saving money on your energy costs. Whether you’re using IDT Energy or another company, you’ll be amazed how a few quick checks can help you to know if you’re wasting money on your energy bill. Follow Home 101 hosts Curtis and Courtney to find out about these important tips for saving energy.

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Thursday, September 29th, 2011 | Author:

Are you ready to make some changes which can seriously reduce your energy bill each month?

IDT Energy can suggest a few improvements you can make to your home which will save you money in the long-run while saving precious resources, too.

1.    If you insulate your ceilings and walls you can save about 20 to 20 percent on your cost to heat your home. Insulation can also help save CO2 emissions, as much as 140 to 2100 pounds of CO2 annually. Homes found in colder climates could benefit from super-insulation.

Save Energy with Double Glazed Windows

2.    Install modern, heat saving windows. You can save more than 2 tons of CO2 emissions each year by changing all your regular windows to argon-filled, double-glazed windows.

3.    Beautify your home and save money too by planting shade trees near your house. If you live in a warm climate, paint your house a light color, and in a colder climate, paint your home in a dark color. Both of these measures help keep your home cool in the summer and warm in the winter.

IDT Energy is constantly on the look-out for money savings suggestions for consumers of energy.

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.

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Tuesday, July 19th, 2011 | Author:

Homeowners are responsible for the property around their homes, and it often takes quite a bit of energy to keep the premises looking their best and functioning up to par.

Here are a few easy-to-do ideas from IDT Energy to keep the energy you use on upkeep of your land down to a minimum:

  • Use a broom to sweep away leaves and other debris from your driveway and walkways, instead of housing them down. Using water to flush away dirt is just a waste of loads of water.
  • If you have a small lawn, think about using a manual push mower to cut the grass with. Less noise, less energy, and get some exercise, too.
  • Doesn’t the sound of the leaf blower drive you crazy? Think about using an old-fashioned rake. Less noise, less energy, and more fun.
  • Do you have a security light that you leave on all night? Definitely switch to a compact fluorescent bulb to save tons of electricity and they last longer, too. They also come in yellow so bugs are not attracted.
Tuesday, July 12th, 2011 | Author:

The United States Department of Energy has an informative and easy to use web site which can help home owners save lots of money while they stay cool in the summer and warm in the winter.

There is also plenty of advice on how to save money while traveling by reducing the amount of money spent on fuel, and lowering the cost of car maintenance.

IDT Energy suggests that energy consumers take a look at this web site and begin incorporating some of the tips into their lifestyles to save money and resources.

Thursday, June 23rd, 2011 | Author:

Last December President Obama signed into law the Tax Relief, Unemployment Insurance Re-authorization, and Job Creation Act of 2010.

According to this law taxpayers that own their own homes can get a tax credit if they install energy efficient windows, doors and/or skylights into their homes.

To be eligible to receive the tax benefits the windows, skylights and doors must:

•    Conform to all the Energy Star Program requirements.
•    Be put into the main residence of the taxpayer.
•    Be added to the home before the date of December 31, 2011.

The tax credit is 10% of the cost of the product, not including installation and cannot exceed:

  • $200 for either windows or skylights
  • $500 for doors

IDT Energy recommends taking advantage of these tax credits in order to lower your energy usage during the year and thus saving money on your energy bill.

Monday, March 28th, 2011 | Author:

The Energy Star label helps consumers to make more energy efficient choices when they purchase new appliances and other electric products. IDT Energy recommends that you view this short video to get a better understanding of what the Energy Star label is all about, and start saving electricity and money on your electric bill.

Monday, March 14th, 2011 | Author:

With spring on the horizon, it’s time to consider important energy tips that will help you to save money in the warm weather. Whether you use IDT Energy or another company, these tips can help you to save energy as the sun starts to shine more brightly.

1. Leaking Air: It’s possible that you are wasting money with air leaks. Look for them by looking for spider webs. Usually, when there is a web, there is also a draft. These leaks let a great amount of heat get lost through basements and other spaces that aren’t insulated.

2. Check Out Those Doors: Believe it or not, if you have a sliding glass door, a dirty track can ruin the seal on the door and create gaps where heat and cold can escape. Make sure to keep your sliding glass door tracks clean.

3. Refrigerator Seals: Your refrigerator gobbles up about 11% of your house’s total energy use. Make sure that the seals on the refrigerator door are clean and tight so that air isn’t escaping from this location and adding to your energy bill.

Sunday, February 27th, 2011 | Author:

If your kitchen appliances are getting old, you may want to consider investing in some new, Energy Star-labeled ones. Although it may seem like unnecessary spending, these appliances can significantly cut monthly energy costs. For example, self-cleaning ovens can save up to 25% of the energy generally used by ovens. This is because they are better insulated, and the heat is distributed evenly throughout the oven. Ovens with big windows can also help you save energy, as they allow you to check the food without letting heat escape unnecessarily.

Refrigerators are another large energy consumer. In fact, they are usually the largest energy consumer in the house. Energy efficient fridges will come with an energy-saver switch. Also, keep in mind that the traditional freezer-on-top fridges are more energy efficient. For more tips and information, you may find it useful to contact your electric company, like IDT Energy.

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Friday, January 28th, 2011 | Author:

You may have heard of ‘phantom power’ or ‘voltage vampires.’ Learn more about them here, and see how you can easily save money on your electric bill every month. For more information on saving energy, contact your electric company like IDT Energy.

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