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Save Money by Air Sealing Your House

Save Money by Air Sealing Your House

If you are looking to cut down on your energy bills, air sealing your house is an excellent place to start. The furnace and air conditioner account for 43 percent of energy bills in the typical family home, so you can make a serious impact by ensuring that as much of that treated air as possible remains within your house, as opposed to leaking into the outdoors. Read on for tips on how to air seal your house and to learn the truth about myths regarding air sealing and moisture accumulation. READ MORE

AC vs. DC Power and the War of the Currents

Many of us don’t really understand how electricity works. It’s enough that it does work – you turn the switch, and the light comes on in the room. It may come as a surprise, then, to learn that there are actually two different kinds of electricity that we use to power the many devices in our lives. They are known as alternating current and direct current, or AC and DC (not the 70s-era rock band). READ MORE

What Was “The Current War”?

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The history of electricity is a long one, going back to about 600 B.C., when the Greek mathematician Thales of Miletus discovered static electricity by rubbing a piece of amber on a patch of cat’s fur. But some phases in electrical history were a bit more dramatic, and among the most suspenseful was a period known as “the war of the currents.” READ MORE

Relieve the Power Grid and Your Wallet with These Energy-Saving Tips

High summer temperatures mean high electricity demand, and the Texas power grid is really feeling the burn. We’re here to help you relieve pressure on the power grid and save money on your energy bills. Read on to learn about how you can conserve energy this summer. READ MORE

What Type of Air Conditioner Is Right for You?

What Type of Air Conditioner Is Right for You? | Direct Energy Blog

In many regions of the country, air conditioning is a necessity to survive the sweltering hot summers. But while forgoing AC in your home may not be an option, you could be faced with a choice between using central air or installing one or more window or wall units. Read on to learn more about the pros and cons of using a central air conditioner vs. a wall unit vs. window unit, and how to decide which model is the right one for you. READ MORE