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Tuesday, December 28th, 2010 | Author:

Companies such as IDT Energy understand that with a few small modifications, you can maintain your regular living conditions while lowering your electric bill, and protecting the environment. This video explains the benefits of installing ceiling fans.

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Wednesday, November 24th, 2010 | Author:

Energy companies like IDT Energy would agree that around 56% of the energy used in the home is consumed by heating and cooling systems. Here are a few simple ideas that can help you lower your monthly energy bills. Try putting heat-resistant radiator reflectors between your walls and radiators.

Make sure to free trapped air from hot-water radiators at least once a season; if you don’t feel comfortable doing this on your own, contact a professional. Clean  baseboard heaters, radiators and warm-air registers as needed, and ensure that they are not blocked by drapes, furniture or carpeting. Also, be sure to replace furnace filters as required. Try insulating your water heater and hot water pipes in order to retain the heat.

Saturday, November 13th, 2010 | Author:

When you go on vacation, you should be aware of a few ways to minimize your energy use while you’re away. Companies such as IDT Energy can attest to the fact that although you are not consciously using appliances in your house during these times, it is definitely possible that you are using energy by mistake.

The first big energy user in your home is if your refrigerator. If you are traveling for a long amount of time, you may want to empty it out and unplug it for a while. If you have a pool, ensure that you leave it covered, and that the timer on the pump is set correctly. Be aware of phantom power! Small appliances that are left plugged into the power use up energy. Before you leave, be sure to unplug all such appliances, from televisions to phone chargers. Lastly, if you plan to leave lights on, inside or out, for security reasons, set a timer so that the lights are shut off during the day. This way you can even make a more realistic setting, by having the bedroom lights go off at night, and just leaving a hallway or bathroom light on.

Wednesday, November 03rd, 2010 | Author:

One easy way to save on your energy bill each month is to educate yourself about using your appliances more efficiently.  Whether you use IDT Energy or another provider, you can save by becoming more careful in your appliance use.

When using your stove top, make sure to use pots that match the stovetop’s elements in terms of size.  In addition, make sure that your lids match your pots and that they fit snugly together.  Keep the lids on while you are cooking to save as much as 20% of the energy.  Boil water with an electric kettle and only boil what you actually need.

With the oven, make sure to use the self-cleaning feature on the oven right after you’ve cooked because it will use less electricity.  Only preheat for a brief amount of time – it’s only really necessary for baking and it takes up a lot of energy. Use the oven window, rather than opening the oven, to check if food is cooking.  When you open the door, it actually releases at least 20% of the heat.

Sunday, October 24th, 2010 | Author:

According to many electric companies, such as IDT Energy, proper use of your appliances can lower your electricity bill. Commonly used appliances, like ovens or stoves, can consume a lot of power every day, and so it is important to use them correctly. Be sure to use pots that are compatible with the stovetop’s size, and keep them covered at all times while cooking. Be sure to use tops that fit tightly. If you need only to boil water, consider using an electric kettle, and only the required amount of water.

Preheat the oven for a short amount of time or not at all- only baking truly requires this, and use the window to inspect the food while it is in the oven. Every time the door is opened 20% of the heat is lost.  If you plan on using the self-clean feature, use it immediately after use of the oven so that it uses less power.  If you want to reheat food, you may want to do so in a microwave or toaster, as they require much less power than an oven.

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.

Saturday, July 17th, 2010 | Author:

As we focus more and more on green energy and renewable energy sources, it’s certainly interesting to read about wave and tidal technology and the energy source they may be able to provide.  Analyses from Frost & Sullivan have found that ocean technology, including wave and tidal technology, are more reliable and predictable than are other types of renewable energies such as wind and solar.

As Technical Insights Research Association Chin Wai Loon explains, “It is projected that commercialization of wave and tidal energy will take place in the next 5-10 years as the technology evolves and production costs decline. Wave and tidal energy are expected to be deployed on a commercial scale due to its large promising resource and high market potential; it is crucial for technology developers to push through into the commercialization phase.”

Wednesday, June 23rd, 2010 | Author:

This short blog posts offers a great glimpse into the issue of home solar power systems.  The author asserts that,  “Just as many people think of a deck today as almost a standard feature on a home, it is my assertion that in the coming years home solar panel systems will be viewed the same way. There are several reasons why I believe this to be true.”

He then goes on to explain why he believes this to be true.  It offers interesting insights and food for thought for home owners.