Wednesday, March 24, 2010
IDT Energy, in addition to supplying consumers with electricity also supplies natural gas. Here are a few useful safety tips when getting the most out of your natural gas.
1. Always install gas appliances in well ventilated areas, and be sure the area remains well ventilated.
2. Keep flammable products such as sprays or oils based items far from gas appliances.
3. Never leave pots cooking on your gas stove top unattended.
4. When lighting your oven check for a gas smell before lighting the match.
5. When using your oven’s grill, leave the door slightly open.
6. If you suspect a gas leak, turn off the gas valve, call your local utility for help, open all your windows and doors, do not light matches or switch on or off any light switches or any other type of switches.
Sunday, March 14, 2010
Toilet: Use the half-flush feature to save a lot of water with each use.
Instant Water Heater: Turn it on only right before use, and don’t forget to turn it off when you are done.
Sink: Use a tumbler to rinse your mouth after brushing your teeth, or for shaving.
Plants: Water plants with the water you already used to wash your vegetables.
Backyard Tap: Keep it turned off when not in use, and be sure it is tight to prevent drips or leakage.
Washing Machine: A machine using 300 watts consumes about 6.86¢ of electricity per hour of use. Run machine for fully loaded runs whenever possible.
Thursday, March 04, 2010
In the Living Room
Fan: A 75 watt fan costs about 1.72¢ per hour of use. Turn if off when you are not in the room.
Television: Your TV consumes about 4.57¢ each hour that it is on. Remember to close down when not watching.
Lamps: Each 40watt lamp uses 0.91¢ every hour. Try the new energy efficient compact fluorescent bulbs or halogen bulbs to save energy and money.
Spit Unit Air Conditioner: A 750 watt unit costs about 17.15¢ to use every hour. Keeping the filters clean and turning off when not in use can save a lot of energy.
Refrigerator: A refrigerator with a nominal rating of 200 watts uses electricity at a rate of 4.57¢ per hour. Choose a new fridge carefully so that you get the right size for your family. Check all the gaskets and hinges for leakage, and keep the thermostat set to the right temperature.
Stove top: Boil water or cook food whenever possible with the lid on top of the pot. Water boils faster and food cooks more efficiently with the lid on. Once food has boiled keep on simmer to use minimum amount of energy to cook food.
Sink: Save water by washing veggies and fruit in a sink filled with water instead of continuously running the water.
Countertop: Let frozen foods defrost on the countertop instead of using warm water or the microwave.