A Few More Thoughts on Saving Energy

A Few More Thoughts on Saving Energy and Money

1. Keep all of your windows and doors located near your thermostat closed tightly. If you have a draft of heat or air, that can trigger your system to turn on, subsequently heating or cooling your home un-necessarily.

2. Keep heat sources, like lamps, away from your thermostat. These heat sources can also trigger your system to turn on when it’s not necessary.

3. Use lower watt bulbs where lighting is not critical.

Place floor lamps and hanging lamps in the corners of a room. The reflection of light off of the walls will give you more light.

4. Turn off your outdoor lighting during the day. If you get home from work after dark and want a light on, use a timer or purchase a motion sensor light.

More Energy Saving Tips

Still Even More Energy Saving Tips That Will Save You Money

1. Reduce your water bill by taking showers instead of baths, and by taking short showers. This will reduce the amount of hot water you use. Turn off your water when brushing your teeth.  If you use cold water to rinse clothes when washing, this will also help save energy and money.

2. Only run your dishwasher and your clothes washer when you have a full load. If you have to run a smaller load, adjust the settings to accommodate a smaller load… particularly on your washing machine, this will reduce the amount of water you use per load.

3. Dry one load of clothes immediately after another to minimize heat loss. Take advantage of your dryer being warm and dry a second load of clothes.

4. Air dry your dishes instead of using your dishwasher’s heat cycle.

5. Match the size of the pot or pan you use to accommodate what you’re cooking. If you’re frying up one hamburger you don’t need to use a large skillet. By the same token, use the corresponding burner to your pot or pan. When using a small pot or pan, use a smaller burner.

6. Defrost frozen food in your refrigerator instead of using the microwave. You use less energy, and in my opinion your food will taste better.

7. Keep your freezer full. The more full your freezer is, the less cold air you will lose when you open your freezer’s door. Keep the temperature in your fridge between 36-39 degrees F and your freezer set at 0-5 degrees F.

8. Clean your refrigerator coils on a regular basis to help keep your compressor running effectively.

9. If you want to clean your oven, use the self-cleaning cycle right after you’ve finished baking. That way your oven will have a head start heating up.

10. Reference your appliance manuals. They include these for a reason folks!!! These manuals provide important information that will help you get the most out of your appliances, as well as help you save energy and therefore money.

Energy Saving Tips for Your Home

Household Energy Saving Tips

  • Always unplug electronics, battery chargers and other equipment when not in use. If you add the amount of energy these items use, it can add up to as much power as your refrigerator.
  • Install faucet aerators and low-flow shower heads. This will help cut water and heating costs by 50% and save you approximately $300 per year. This will also cut your water use by up to 50%. Imagine cutting the amount of water you use in half!
  • Did you know that by setting your air conditioner 5 degrees higher will save you up to 20% on your cooling costs?
  • Turn your water heater down to 120 degrees or to the “normal” setting when you are home and to the lowest setting when you’re away. Heating water accounts for about 13% of your home’s energy costs.
  • Lower your air conditioning costs by using fans, by keeping windows and doors closed and by closing your blinds and drapes during the day. Most ceiling fans use less energy than a light bulb.
  • When possible, wash your clothing in cold water. About 90% of the energy used in a clothes washer goes to heating the water.
  • Make sure your clothes dryer’s outside vent is clear and clean your lint filter before every dry cycle (or after every load). When shopping for a new drying appliance, look for a dryer with a moisture sensor that automatically shuts off when your clothes are dry.
  • Taking advantage of energy deregulation in your state.

Five More Tips To Save You Energy!

Five More Great Energy Saving Tips

1. Have your ductwork inspected and repair any leaks. You’ve caulked and weatherstripped around your windows and doors, but if your duct work is leaking then you’re still going to be paying a higher energy bill. A leak is a leak and you need to make sure that your system is sealed properly as well as your home. If you’re not handy, call a professional… skimping is going to cost you more money in the long run. You want to do it right the first time.

2. Wrap your water heater with insulation or install an insulating blanket. You want your water heater to operate efficiently. This is important especially if you live in a cooler climate.

3. Use power strips for home electronics and turn off power strips when you’re not using your equipment. For that matter, keep all small appliances unplugged as a general rule. It’s best to keep blenders, food processors, toasters and toaster ovens unplugged when you’re not using them. If you have lamps or clocks out for decoration, and not for use, then keep them unplugged. That way you’re not leaking energy.

4. Use your microwave when possible. Microwaves cook faster and they don’t create as much heat as a stove top. Obviously some things just taste better cooked the old fashioned way just be conscientious about what and how you cook.

5. Turn off lights, TV’s and other appliances when you’re not using them. Did you mom ever “nag” you to turn off the lights when you left a room? Well, if you’re now paying your own electricity bill you know why she said that. If you’re home during the day, open your blinds and let the sunshine in. You’ll be surprised at how few lights you might need to turn on during the day. Encourage your kids to play outside or, give them an art project t to do inside, but with the TV off. You’ll be pleasantly surprised at what kinds of conversations you’ll have with your kids when they’re not distracted by the television. You’ll save energy and strengthen the lines of communication with your kids!

Ambit Energy Service Now Available in NYSEG Territory

Ambit Energy Launches Service in NYSEG Territory

Deregulation Pioneer Expands Market Share, Gains Access to Additional 1.1 Million Customers

NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE) – Ambit Energy, one of the fastest growing Energy Services Companies (ESCOs) in the state, launched electricity and natural gas services in the New York State Electric & Gas (NYSEG) territory today.

“Now that we have expanded our presence in New York, our independent Consultants are able to serve even more people looking to save on energy costs”

“Expanding our presence in New York allows people looking to save on energy costs another valuable option,” said Ambit Energy CEO and co-founder Jere W. Thompson, Jr. “When energy markets deregulate, the consumer wins. We are proud to say that we can now offer almost every customer in the state a lower cost option compared to the incumbent provider.”

With this launch, Ambit Energy will now offer its competitive rates to a market of more than 871,000 electric and 256,000 gas customers – more than 40 percent of upstate New York.

As they have done in other New York market areas such as Con Edison and National Grid, Ambit Energy’s team and independent Consultants will work with customers interested in switching providers, as well as those interested in the business opportunity offered through Ambit Energy.

“Now that we have expanded our presence in New York, our independent Consultants are able to serve even more people looking to save on energy costs,” said Ambit Energy CMO and co-founder Chris Chambless. “As the warmer months approach, we believe this launch is timely and will help New York consumers in the NYSEG territory switch and save.”

As in other New York markets, Ambit Energy will offer a competitive monthly rate and annual savings guarantee.

For information on Ambit Energy’s rates, services or launch into the NYSEG Territory, visit GetAmbitEnergy.com

About Ambit Energy

Ambit Energy, L.P. is a Dallas-based energy provider of electric and natural gas services in deregulated markets across the U.S., including regions of Texas, Illinois and New York. Ambit Energy is one of the finest and most respected energy providers in the industry offering cost-effective and sound choices for today’s energy consumer. For more information on becoming a customer, earning free electricity or joining the Ambit Energy team, visit GetAmbitEnergy.com.

Indoor Lighting Tips

Energy Saving Tips for Your Indoor Lighting

One of the quickest ways to lower your energy bill is to make improvements to your lighting. The average household uses 11% of its energy budget on lighting, but with the right tools you can reduce the amount of energy you use for lighting by 50% to 75%.

For indoor lighting use linear fluorescent tubes and energy efficient compact fluorescent bulbs (CFLs).  Fluorescent lamps are much more energy efficient than standard bulbs, last 6-12 times longer and provide high quality, high efficiency lighting. And by making the switch you’ll save money and energy. CFLs offer brightness and color that is comparable to incandescent (regular) bulbs. The price of fluorescent bulbs is slightly higher than a standard bulb; however, over their lifetime they are cheaper because they use far less energy. They also make CFL fixtures that are compatible with dimmers, just like a standard bulb.

CFLs can save you about $30.00 in electricity over the lifetime of each bulb. CFLs produce about 75% less heat, are safer to operate and can reduce your home cooling costs. You can use CFLs in your family room, living room, bedrooms and kitchen. They can even be used outdoors.

In addition to changing your bulbs you can reduce your spend of energy and lower your bills in other ways. When remodeling, look for recessed down lights (or cans) that are rated for contact with insulation (IC rated). Utilize controls like timers and photo cells that save electricity by turning lights off when not in use. Dimmers save electricity because they use lower light levels. Make sure you select products that are CFL compatible, because all products are not. Utilize daylight by using light-colored, loose-weave curtains on your windows to let the daylight in. These curtains will allow for privacy while letting in the sun light.

Lowering your energy bill is really easier than you think and it takes very little time to implement the changes needed.

Five Energy Saving Tips!

Five Tips That Will Save You Energy!

1. Caulk and weatherstrip around your windows and doors. This will stop air from leaking in and your heat and air from escaping. If you have gaps around your windows and doors you are basically paying to heat or cool your neighborhood. Weather stripping is not expensive and you can find the materials you need at any local hardware store.

2. Seal gaps in your floors, walls and around pipes and electrical wiring. These leaks can be as costly as heat or air escaping through unsealed windows and doors. Again, these gaps are not expensive to fix and materials can be purchased at your local hardware store.

3. Change your air filters monthly. A dirty air filter can cost you a lot of money because your system has to work twice as hard to pump air in and out. Air filters are not expensive and you can find a variety of filters at your local hardware shop. The expense will vary depending on how sturdy a filter you need or if you require a special filter for allergy reduction.

4. Replace incandescent bulbs (standard/regular) with compact fluorescent lights (CFLs). CFLs use about 75% less energy than standard bulbs and last about 10 times longer. They might cost you slightly more to purchase, but you will more than make your money back in the energy you save and by buying fewer bulbs.

5. Fix all leaky faucets. One drop per second can add up to 165 gallons a month.

Don’t try to tackle everything at once. Go around and make a list of what could be done and then complete one task at a time. Have fun with it! Energy saving can be addicting when you see little changes making a huge difference.

Seal Your House to Save $$$

Having a well insulated home that has the proper air sealed will save you money on your electric bill. Everyone know this and it is not a secret.

You can reduce your home’s heating and cooling costs by as much as 30 percent through proper insulation and air sealing techniques. These techniques will also make your home more comfortable and affordable.

The proper way to Reduce your household heating and cooling bills begins with conducting a home energy audit to assess where your home may be losing energy through air leaks or inadequate insulation.

Taking the time necessary to make sure your house is sealed is time well spent. You will receive an immediate savings and enjoy the savings for years to come.

With these great tips from the US Department of Energy and the addition of switching to deregulated energy you will save more than you can imagine.

Insulation and Air Sealing Tips

  • Remember that new windows must be installed correctly to avoid air leaks around the frame. Look for a reputable, qualified installer.
  • In temperate climates with both heating and cooling seasons, select windows with both low U-values and low solar heat gain coefficiency (SHGC) to maximize energy benefits.
  • In temperate climates with both heating and cooling seasons, select windows with both low U-values and low solar heat gain coefficiency (SHGC) to maximize energy benefits.
  • Select windows with air leakage ratings of 0.3 cubic feet per minute or less.
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