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Thursday, December 02nd, 2010 | Author:

Saving energy is a great way not only to save money but to help save our natural resources. IDT Energy wants consumers to do the utmost they can to conserve their budgets and the resources in world around us.

A great place to start real savings is right in your kitchen. Did you know that your refrigerator uses approximately 20% of all your household’s electricity, on average. By turning down the thermostat in the fridge to 37 degrees Fahrenheit and the freezer to as close to 3 degrees as possible, you can save quite a bit of electricity. Use a thermometer to check the temperature, and make sure that the energy saver switch is turned on.

Don’t forget to check the gaskets. They should be clean and well-fitting to create a tight seal, keeping in as much of the cold air your fridge created as possible.

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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