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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 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

How Do I Know if My AC Unit is Dying?

How Do I Know if My AC Unit is Dying? | Direct Energy Blog

When your air conditioning unit starts acting up, you face a critical and potentially expensive decision: Do you call in a repair person, attempt to fix the appliance yourself or start the search for a replacement? Read on for tips to help diagnose the cause of your AC issues and guidance on when it might be worthwhile to attempt a fix versus purchasing a new unit. READ MORE

Should You Repair or Replace Your Home’s Appliances?

When to Replace Your Old Appliances | Direct Energy Blog

When a major home appliance breaks down, you need to act quickly to either repair or replace it, especially when it’s an absolutely essential piece of equipment like a furnace or refrigerator. Moments like these can be very stressful, since there’s a lot of money on the line and you don’t have much time to decide if you want to attempt to repair your appliance, or replace it with a new model. READ MORE

How to Install an Outdoor Outlet

How to Install an Outside Outlet | Direct Energy Blog

If you want to decorate your house with festive holiday lights, or simply make the use of electric yard tools more convenient, an exterior electrical outlet is a very useful amenity to consider. Otherwise, you could find yourself running extension cords through partially open windows, which can drive up your heating and cooling costs, or using improvised and unsafe connections to outside light fixtures, which can present a serious fire hazard. READ MORE

How to Make Your Home More Energy Efficient with $1,000

You can lock in long-term savings on utility bills by working on tactical energy-efficient upgrades for your home, particularly by beefing up the insulation and air-sealing to improve retention of treated air. These improvements require up-front investment, but if you’re smart about where you put your money you can realize substantial gains over time. Read on for tips on how to make your home energy-efficient and an example of how putting $1,000 into a typical American home can pay for itself in energy savings. READ MORE