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Thursday, October 13th, 2011 | Author:

With the sluggish economy still troubling many people in the US, IDT Energy would like to take this opportunity to mention several ways consumers can cut back on their usage of natural gas at home.

•    Keep your gas powered furnace working at its optimum efficiency by either cleaning or replacing the filters once a month. You can also make sure your furnace is working at its peak capacity by keeping it clean and lubricated and correctly adjusted. Making sure your furnace is working its best can help you save up to 5% of your gas bill.

•    Lower the water temperature on your water-heater’s thermostat. The normal setting or 120 degrees Fahrenheit is sufficient for almost all uses. (Check the temperature that your dishwasher requires, sometimes dishwashers must be set to higher water temperatures to work properly.) Lowering the temperature on the thermostat can reduce your costs by 7-11%.

•    It might be expensive now, but in the long run replacing your old gas appliances with the newest, most energy efficient appliances will save you lots of money on your energy bill.

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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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Tuesday, December 14th, 2010 | Author:

IDT Energy supplies two types of power to consumers, electricity and natural gas. We all know where electricity comes from, more or less. Everyone knows that some type of power plant or other source of manufacture of electricity is necessary, whether it is a hydroelectric power plant, a power station using fossil fuels, or even a solar panel on the roof. But the source of natural gas is much more of a mystery to many people.

Natural gas is a fossil fuel, but it is clean burning and releases fewer byproducts which have potentially harmful effects into the air. When burned natural gas gives off a large amount of energy in a generally clean and safe way.

Natural gas is usually found underground in pockets which have trapped the gas as it rose through the layers of rock. To get to the gas a hole is drilled through hard rock until the porous oil and gas rich sediment is reached. At this point it can be extracted from the ground.  In the future IDT Energy will discuss the process of bringing the natural gas from the wellhead to the cooking burner on your stove top.

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