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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.

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.

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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.

Thursday, October 14th, 2010 | Author:

One question that people often ask when they are evaluating their energy costs and home improvement ideas is whether or not they should purchase a storm door.  Storm doors are great investments if your existing door is old but still in good condition.  For newer, insulated doors, however, they are usually not worth the expense since they won’t actually help you to save more energy.

If your exterior door already gets a few hours of direct sunlight a day, don’t add a glass storm door.  This will trap too much heat against the entry door and could damage it.  High quality storm doors use low-emissivity glass or glazing.  These doors, in general, are made of aluminum, steel, fiberglass or wood, with the wood storm doors requiring the most maintenance.  Many metal-framed storm doors have foam insulation within their frames.

Another option if you are considering purchasing a storm door is to purchase insulated drapes instead.  This is particularly useful for patio doors.

Certainly, these are important considerations to help with your home energy costs.  Find out about other ways to save by switching suppliers to IDT Energy or another company and by reading up on other home improvement ideas.

Wednesday, September 01st, 2010 | Author:

Certainly, the more soundly built your home is, and the better your windows are, the less energy you will lose in unnecessary ways.  If you are in the market for new windows, here are some suggestions that should help you with your purchase.  Whether you get your energy from IDT Energy or from another source, these tips can save you money in the long run.

When you look for new windows, shop for ENERGY STAR qualified models.  Look into purchasing “Low-E” (low emissivity) glass and argon-glass between the panes.  These materials work brilliantly to reflect furnace heat right back into the home and to let sunlight in while filtering out ultraviolet rays.

Look for windows that have an energy rating of -11 or better if you’re looking for windows that open and +2 or better for fixed windows. Similarly, the U-value of the windows tells you a great deal about their insulation.  If you live in a cold climate, find a U-value of .35 or below.

Finally, rather than looking for sliding windows, find casement-style windows since they offer better air filtration and durability.

Saturday, July 24th, 2010 | Author:

In recent exciting energy news, the Department of Energy has just awarded $92 million for groundbreaking energy research projects.  These awards will accelerate innovation in clean energy technologies, increase America’s competitiveness and create new jobs.  The funding will help 43 cutting-edge research projects to improve how the U.S. uses and produces energy.  Learn more about these projects and the money that they have just been awarded.

Wednesday, June 16th, 2010 | Author:

Most of us spend a lot of time in our kitchens, and we use a great deal of our electricity and gas in this location.  During the hot summer months, there are some clever and easy-to-follow ways to reduce your bills while still feeding the family delicious foods.

  1. If you’re in the market for a new oven, look for a convection oven.  It will consume a third less energy than a standard oven!  It creates a more evenly distributed cooking experience and requires less cooking time.
  2. Only run the dishwasher with a full load to cut down on electricity costs.  Use your range hood while the dishwasher is on to vent excess heat and humidity.
  3. While this may sound strange, you should vacuum your refrigerator’s cooling coils every three months.  If you have too much dust building up, it will hamper your refrigerator’s energy efficiency and the life expectancy of the compressor.  Also make sure you don’t have any gaps in the door seal.
  4. Don’t stuff your refrigerator or freezer.  Cool air is needed to circulate through the interior of the appliance and you make it work harder and less efficiently when you stuff items into the space.
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Wednesday, June 02nd, 2010 | Author:

Certainly, you can look into saving energy by selecting a new energy supplier.  This is true if you live in areas that have become deregulated like New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania.  Here, we list five other ideas to quickly and easily help you to save on your home energy costs.

1. Turn down that thermostat.  Reducing your room temperature by as little as 1 degree Celsius can cut your heating bills by as much as 10%. If you have a programmer, make sure to only set your heating and hot water to come on when you need them to be one, rather than having them on all the time.

2. Keep your water cylinder thermostat to 60 degrees Celsius or 140 degrees Fahrenheit or less.

3. Purchase curtains, if you don’t have them already, and close them in the evening to keep heat from escaping through the windows.  Check for draughts around your windows and doors and get them sealed.

4. Get in the habit of turning off the lights when you exit a room. This can really make a difference over the long term.

5. Appliances take up electricity, even when you aren’t using them.  Turn off computers, mobile phones and other appliances when they aren’t in use, rather than leaving them on standby.

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Wednesday, March 24th, 2010 | Author:

Spring is in the air and it’s time to start thinking about the coming warm weather. New York is an especially warm place in the summer, with high humidity and many days of unrelenting heat. Here are a few ideas from IDT Energy which will help you stay cool without blowing a fuse, or your bank account.

1.    Consider using ceiling fans whenever possible. Keep your home or apartment cool when you are not home by keeping windows and doors closed and shades drawn. A ceiling fan uses less energy than a light bulb.

2.    Keep your thermostat set about 5° higher for up to 20% savings on air conditioner cooling costs.

3.    Install a programmable thermostat which will turn off your cooling system when you are away, and power it up in honor of your imminent return. You can even control what temperature you want it to be at different times during the day.

4.    Be sure to buy an energy efficient air conditioner. Look for the Energy Star label and use up to 40% less energy.

5.    Do you shower more often in the summer? Most people do. Not to worry, just install low-flow shower heads and enjoy your shower just as much using up to 50% less water.

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