Posted by: admin | November 5, 2012

IDT Energy Contributes to Hurricane Sandy Relief

As the New York region struggles to regain momentum after the devastating Hurricane Sandy, IDT Energy has stepped up to help the American Red Cross’s recovery efforts.

The energy provider recently announced a donation of $50,000 to the organization.

“”Many people in the Mid-Atlantic region, including many of our customers, have suffered tremendously as a result of the storm. To assist them, and in support the critically important work being done by local police, fire, EMT and rescue workers, we are pleased to support the American Red Cross’s hurricane recovery effort,” said IDT’s Geoff Rochwarger.

“We believe strongly in helping families recover from this devastating storm. We intend this contribution to help kick-start the recovery effort, and we encourage other businesses and individuals to support the American Red Cross’ important efforts,” concluded Rochwarger.

Posted by: admin | October 17, 2012

The New York State Energy Planning Board was established to develop analyses and policy recommendations in order to reach energy needs in cost-effective, sustainable ways. The new directives will help residents and local energy providers like IDT Energy save money and minimize unnecessary energy consumption.

The Board is currently working to develop the 2013 New York State Energy Plan. According to their website, the objectives are to:

  • Improve the reliability of the State’s energy systems
  • Insulate consumers from volatility in market prices
  • Reduce the overall cost of energy in the State
  • Minimize public health and environmental impact, particularly those related to climate change
  • Identify policies and programs designed to maximize cost-effective energy efficiency and conservation activities to meet projected demand growth

 

Posted by: admin | October 15, 2012

How to Use Your Fridge in a Cost-Effective Manner

Energy saving is a popular topic thanks to numerous studies and new, cost-effective technologies.

One appliance that uses energy constantly is the refrigerator. Flex Your Power lists several tips for keeping energy use and monthly costs down:

  • Adjust the refrigerator temperature settings. Optimum refrigerator range is 37 to 40 degree Fahrenheit. If the temperature control system does not specify degrees, check the manual for corresponding settings.
  • Keep the refrigerator full. A full refrigerator retains cold better than an empty one. If the refrigerator is nearly empty, store water-filled containers inside. The mass of cold items will enable to refrigerator to recover more quickly after the door has been opened. On the other hand, don’t overfill it, since that will interfere with the circulation of cold air inside.
  • Keep your refrigerator away from heat sources such as an oven, a dishwasher and direct sunlight from a window. A 10 degree increase in surrounding temperature can result in 20% higher energy consumption.
  • Minimize door openings as much as possible. Every time the refrigerator door is opened, cooled air escapes. The unit must then work harder to replace the air. Try to keep the door open no longer than necessary. Be sure to close the door completely.
Posted by: admin | September 27, 2012

Intel Joins Forces With IDT Energy

Intel, the American chipmaker, has recently teamed up with IDT Energy to create an integrated transmitter and receiver chipset for wireless charging technology.

According to TechNewsWorld, the new charging tecnology will “use magnet resonance technology that could enable a computer to power a device wirelessly — just set the device down near the PC, and it starts charging.”

It explains that “Intel and IDT will deliver validated reference designs for deployment in Ultrabooks, all-in-one PCs, smartphones and standalone chargers. The technology may also be used in keyboards, mice, storage devices, cameras and smartphones, stated Gary Huang, director of PC growth and innovation at Intel.”

Intel’s Dan Snyder explained:

“You will need a WCT- (wireless charging technology) enabled peripheral and charging device [such as] a future Ultrabook, and the peripheral must be within an inch of the transmitter.”

Posted by: admin | August 28, 2012

Education on Home Energy Savings

The Montana State University’s Extension Weatherization Training Center is starting an educational series on home energy savings.  The first class will take place on Friday September 7.  Included in the classes will be a talk from Bozeman Mayor Sean Becker on the city’s plans to decrease greenhouse emissions.

Following this there will be a learning session under the title of “Home Energy Solutions for All,” in the hope of helping people reduce energy consumption, resulting in lower IDT Energy or other utility provider bills.  This will focus on: home energy reduction; financial incentives and regulatory considerations.  Participants will also be given energy-saving advice from low- and no-cost strategies to more expensive ones for those engaging in large reconstruction projects.

Posted by: admin | August 13, 2012

IDT Energy CEO Makes Generous Donation

The Helping Hands Food Pantry is in need of a new vehicle to enable it to deliver food to needy citizens in Teaneck, NJ.  While the charitable organization did try to win a car in a recent contest, it only came in at second place.  But second place meant no car, and thus continuing its vital work would be impossible.  That’s when CEO of IDT Energy, Geoffrey Rochwarger stepped in.  With his generous donation to the Helping Hands Food Pantry, it was able to kick-start its fundraising campaign for the vehicle.  This kindness was greatly received.  Indeed, according to Elie Y. Katz, Teaneck Councilman, “we are grateful to Mr. Rochwarger for his generous contribution to help kick start the campaign to purchase this much needed vehicle for the food pantry, and we are hopeful to see others step up as well.”

Herewith more information on the philanthropic work of Geoff Rochwarger and IDT Energy

Posted by: admin | August 3, 2012

Summer Savings on Utility Bills

The summer is upon us and this can cause havoc with our utility bills. Whether we are signed up with IDT Energy or another utility provider, there are a number of things everyone can do to keep the bills down. First, make sure you adjust your thermostat. It’s not so difficult to do and you shouldn’t notice such a huge change if you do it slowly, by raising the thermostat’s temperature by at least three degrees, which will net a saving of approximately 20 percent on summertime IDT Energy bills.  Next, it might be worthwhile to request a home energy audit from your utility service provider which only takes about an hour but could end up saving you a substantial amount of money.  Also make sure you are getting the best deal from your service provider, and if not, investigate others to see if you can make a saving.

Using ceiling fans instead of the air conditioner – when possible – can also make a real difference to your bills in the summer so try it.

Posted by: admin | July 18, 2012

Keeping Electricity Costs Down

Not only will the environment benefit with a more efficient approach to printing, but electricity bills will also likely decrease. So what can companies learn from this?  Given that in general, they will use more power, paper and consumables, how can they keep their IDT Energy (or other utility service provider) down? One way to preserve energy, is to consolidate a printer fleet to comprise fewer productive machines.  Given that today, a lot of offices have many printers (which are not necessarily needed), this means more energy will be required, as well as additional toner and other consumables that can be limited.  Today, there are various top quality workgroup printers and multi-function devices on the  market that can solve this problem and ensure greater energy efficiency, thus reducing a company’s utility bills.

In addition, it is worthwhile looking into the benefits of energy-saving features which put machines to “sleep” at night time and vacations, which can ultimately save hundreds of dollars a year.

Posted by: admin | July 4, 2012

China: Advanced Energy-Saving Devices

It seems that if one wants to really make advances in lowering their IDT Energy or other utility service provider bills, China might be the place to investigate.   The country’s factories are starting to offer automation and advanced energy-saving devices into their production lines as rising wages bite profits. This makes sense given the Chinese government’s policy direction vis-à-vis the reduction of energy use by the country’s largest power consumers.

What should be noted however, is that while this is being done in China on a grand scale, in America – and indeed throughout the developed world – people are able to make smarter choices that will result in a lowering of their utility bills, and, perhaps more importantly for globalization, greater conservation throughout the world.

Indeed, perhaps the USA wants to take a leaf out of China’s book. According to VP of Schneider Electric, China, Jason Ai, while attitudes are indeed changing in China and people are waking up to what needs to be done, much work is still required.  He said that the feeling amongst a lot of the country’s industrial companies is that upgrading equipment is a cost as opposed to an investment. One step at a time.

 

Posted by: admin | June 21, 2012

Boasting Battery Efficiency

Thanks to Berkley engineers, there is now a program that has the capacity to detect applications which unnecessarily take energy from a device’s battery.  This enables users to shut them down or update them.

Whenever there is greater efficiency vis-à-vis energy, IDT Energy customers will be making savings on their utility bills.  So with the news of Carat, developed by a team led by Adam Oliner, it has been promised that the program will enhance the battery life of phones, mobile music players and tablets.  Its popularity to date has been proven by the fact that already, over 36,000 Android and Apple users have downloaded the app that uses negligible to zero energy to be effective.

The way it works is by taking data from a slew of mobile devices; the application is installed and then the device takes intermittent measures on its usage.  One of the reasons for its invention is that in the last few years, bright screens and powerful apps have resulted in a drastic decrease of battery life.

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