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Saturday, September 21st, 2013 | Author:

One of the largest retail energy providers in the Northeast, IDT Energy, Inc. has recently announced exciting new plans. They will be entering the Natural Gas Vehicle industry with their newly created Evergreen Fleet Services. Partnering with Clean Vehicle Solutions, LLC (CVS), Evergreen Fleet Services will be offering fleet owners, operators and managers a large toolkit of opportunities.

Evergreen Fleet Services will have a joint sales and marketing agreement with CVS. As Geoff Rowchwarger, IDT Energy CEO, said, “Natural gas provides powerful benefits compared to traditional liquid transportation fuels. Switching to natural gas can reduce fleet fuel costs by approximately 28% compared to diesel and 35% compared to unleaded gasoline at today’s prices, while significantly reducing greenhouse emissions. Evergreen Fleet Services will help fleet owners, operators and managers to capitalize on the extraordinary advantages of CNG.”

IDT Energy, Inc. is one of the largest of the Retail Energy Providers that supplies natural gas and electricity to residential and small business locations in the Northeastern United States. Evergreen Fleet Services has expertise in commodities management and retail energy supply and brings CNG-related services to market to help fleet operators to have a cleaner and less expensive alternative to liquid transportation fuels. Finally, as the boiler plate for Clean Vehicle Solutions LLC says, “A leader in the compressed natural gas (CNG) vehicle industry, Clean Vehicle Solutions is a full service, end-to-end CNG solutions provider supporting fleet operations with extensive production, maintenance & training services coupled with fueling infrastructure development, financing, and maintenance.

Friday, June 21st, 2013 | Author:

IDT Energy recent announced that they will be entering the Natural Gas Vehicle (NGV) industry. They are launching the Evergreen Fleet Services which will offer fleet owners services to enable them to reduce operating costs and emissions. Partnering with Clean Vehicle Solutions, LLC (CVS), Evergreen Fleet Services is going to offer fleet owners, operators and managers a toolkit that will give them various CNG related services.

As Geoff Rochwarger, IDT Energy’s CEO recently said, “I am excited to announce IDT Energy’s entry into the Natural Gas Vehicle industry. Evergreen Fleet Services, through our partnership with CVS, will leverage IDT Energy’s natural gas commodity expertise and in-market experience in the retail sector to help provide world class CNG-based solutions for fleet owners in the Northeast. We initially intend to take full advantage of IDT Energy’s regional base of operations, network for supply of the commodity and other relationships and infrastructure, and then gradually expand our geographic footprint and scope of offerings.”

As Dean Sloane, the CEO of VCS said, “The Evergreen Fleet Services partnership brings significant value to our business. IDT Energy’s natural gas commodity procurement and related industry expertise will help to further grow our business, bringing new customers and adding value to our offerings.”

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, 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, 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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Tuesday, December 22nd, 2009 | Author:

IDT Energy, and other energy service companies, offer a number of ways to heat the home.  More than 50% of people use natural gas for this process.  The process of heating and cooling the home actually uses more energy and drains more of your electric bill than does any other system in the home.  In general, 43% of the utility bill is from heating and cooling.  In addition, heating and cooling systems add to global climate change, with 150 million tons of carbon dioxide emitted into the atmosphere each year in the United States.
With all of this said, there are sage ways to save on your energy bill and to help the environment at the same time.  Here, IDT Energy explores a number of important tips to help you to save on your bottom line.

1. Set the thermostat as low as you can handle it in the winter and as high as possible in the summer.  Purchase a programmable thermostat as well so that you’ll only be using energy at key times throughout the day.

2. Clean filters on furnaces once a month and clean warm-air registers, baseboard heaters and radiators as necessary.

3. Turn off exhaust fans in the kitchen, bath and other areas within 20 minutes after you’ve finished cooking or bathing.  If you need to replace exhaust fans, use high-efficiency, low-noise models.

4. Pay attention to your drapes and shades (or install some if you don’t already have them).  In the winter, keep drapes and shades on your south-facing windows open during the day for more sunlight and closed at night to reduce a chill from cold windows.  During the summer months, keep the windows closed during the day to prevent extra heat from the sun.

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Tuesday, December 15th, 2009 | Author:

One interesting renewable energy source that seems to be catching on across America is hydropower.  Hydropower is the energy we make from moving water, and it’s a great source of renewable energy.  Hydropower consumption in the U.S. increased 4% for the first eight months of 2009, according to the Energy Information Administration.

In both Washington and Oregon, which are the highest hydropower-producing states, consumption actually decreased just a bit.  Interestingly, Alabama recorded the biggest increase by 54.6%.  Kentucky came in second, with an increase of 52.1.%.

Hydropower is one of the many interesting and useful forms of renewable energy sources that IDT Energy supports as part of its “Buying Green” program.

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