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Tuesday, November 29th, 2011 | Author:

Learn several techniques for household energy savings from this informative and interesting video.

IDT Energy is happy to help consumers save energy, which means also saving money, all year long.

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 09th, 2011 | Author:

Benjamin Franklin

In 1752 Benjamin Franklin proved the idea he had that lightning was just a stream of electrified air. Nowadays this phenomenon is called ‘plasma.’

Next came Michael Faraday, who, in the early 19th century discovered that one could create electricity from a magnet moving inside a coil. Faraday is often called the ‘father of electricity’ and can be credited with creating the first electric motor.

Then, at the end of the 19th century and the beginning of the 20th huge steps were taken, especially by the great inventor Thomas Alva Edison, who created the very first practical light bulb, literally changing night into day and revolutionizing the way we live as a society and as individuals.

Today electricity is brought into our homes by power providers such as IDT Energy. Companies like IDT Energy and others help us live in comfort and safety at affordable prices and convenience.

Thursday, May 26th, 2011 | Author:

As a provider of electricity and gas for the citizens of New York and its environs, IDT Energy is constantly looking for new ideas and convenient ways to help consumers save on their utility bills each month.

Here are some simple and helpful ways to put some of your hard earned cash back into your pocket where it belongs.

Lower Your Gas Bill

1. Do not overheat your gas water heater. Set the thermostat down to 120 degrees Fahrenheit for considerable savings without having to sacrifice a nice, hot shower.

2. In the winter set your house thermostat down to 68 degrees or less when you are home and down to 62 degrees when you are away from home or asleep.

3. Keep the vents and doors closed in rooms that are barely used.

4. On sunny winter days, open the curtains to let the warm sun shine in and naturally warm up your house, for free.

5. Replace the filters on your furnace often.

Lower Your Electric Bill

1. Replace incandescent light bulbs with CFLs, especially on the more frequently used lamps and light fixtures.

2. When running your air conditioner keep the thermostat at 80 degrees or higher. Overly cooling your home is quite expensive.

3. When computers and other electric appliances are not in use, they should be unplugged.

4. During the summer keep curtains and shades closed to keep out the hot sun and keep your house cooler.

5. Whenever possible use solar products and get the power for free from the sun.

IDT Energy is an ESCO which provides electricity and gas to power consumers in the New York area.

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Monday, May 09th, 2011 | Author:

IDT Energy believes it is helpful for consumers to understand how electricity is produced. Watch this informative video to get a better understanding of the physics of electricity production.

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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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Tuesday, December 07th, 2010 | Author:

Have you ever thought about what electricity really is? As one of New York’s pre-eminent suppliers of electricity, IDT Energy thinks about what electricity is all the time.  First of all, it is important to realize that electricity is more accurately called an energy carrier, or a secondary source of energy. The primary source of energy is converted into electricity. The main sources used to create electricity are the flowing of water, coal, wind, sun and others. These primary sources can either be renewable or not, but in the case of electricity it is neither. Electricity must be created.

What does this mean for our lives? Before electricity was brought directly to our homes people used the primary sources of energy for their daily needs. Light was created with candles or kerosene lamps. Heat was created with coal or wood, which was also used for cooking.

Today, IDT Energy brings the clean and easy to use power of electricity right to our homes, making our lives healthier, easier, more convenient, and more fun, too.

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Thursday, April 22nd, 2010 | Author:

photovolteic panelsHarnessing the energy of the sun in more efficient ways is a major concern for engineers, politicians, and others looking for cleaner and cheaper sources of power. In the world of affordable clean energy, solar power is certainly one of the most talked about. Yet despite all the attention solar energy has been getting, it still accounts for less than 1 percent of electricity use in the United States. California is the state in the U.S. which has the highest solar utilization.

There are a variety of ways solar power can be transformed into electricity. The way with the most potential today concentrates the sun’s rays using an array of mirrors. The concentration of rays creates a great deal of heat, which then in turn can power a generator, producing the needed electricity.

Another way to make electricity using the sun is with photovoltaic panels. These can be seen on the rooftops of houses and office buildings. These panels are composed of several separate photovoltaic cells, which actively and directly convert the sun’s energy into electricity. The larger the number of solar cells in a panel and the higher the quality of the solar cells, the larger the total electrical output the solar panel can produce.

At the moment it is quite expensive to produce electricity using the sun’s rays. Electricity from the sun can cost four times as much as power from coal, and twice as much as from wind energy. Currently, obtaining electricity from the sun must be subsidized, but with the development of new technologies, and the costs dropping, there is optimism that eventually the solar power industry will be able to support itself.

Monday, November 16th, 2009 | Author:

trees in fallOpening up the power supply industry to competition through deregulation not only allows individual consumers to choose their energy providers, but they now can also choose whether to support more environmentally friendly sources for producing electricity.

IDT Energy has a ‘Buy Green’ option for its customers. Choosing this option means that a certain amount of the electricity a consumer receives is produced from sources which use our natural resources in a way that does no harm to the environment. These sources may include wind power, running water, solar power and organic matter, which are all renewable and are relatively clean compared to the more standard sources of electricity which often include the burning of fossil fuels such as coal, oil, and gas.

IDT Energy is proud to say that they have joined the State to help create a center for environmentally friendly technologies here in New York. Within 10 years New York hopes to obtain 25% of its power from green sources, and IDT is playing an important role in this development.

Wednesday, September 23rd, 2009 | Author:

windmillblueskyyellowfieldIn Rockland and Orange Counties, New York, IDT Energy is one of two providers of electricity which is generated by wind and water to consumers who are served by Orange and Rockland Utilities Inc.

The good news is that this green solution is actually coming down in price, making this alternative source for electricity production more attractive to consumers.

It is a sign that renewable energy is becoming a viable alternative to traditional forms of electricity production as business in this sector increases, while the costs goe down.

This is the first time that the green power alternative was actually cheaper than power produced by coal, natural gas, nuclear power or hydro plants.