All posts by Adam P. Newton

What Size Air Conditioner Do I Need for My Home? [Infographic]

Keep Your Air Conditioner Efficient with an Annual Tuneup | Direct Energy Blog

One of the best ways to help your home be as energy efficient as possible is to ensure you have the correct air conditioner in place to cool your home. But since not all of us are professionals, you don’t always know where to start. With this helpful infographic, you can now look around your home to diagnose what you need in an air conditioner and what factors impact that decision. READ MORE

Are LEDs the Light Bulbs of the Future?

Are LEDs the Light Bulbs of the Future?

Guest Post by Fran J. Donegan

It may be time to declare a winner — or at least a clear leader — in the race to develop the most energy-efficient light bulb. Up until recently, we used pretty much the same type of light bulb in our lamps and light fixtures that Thomas Edison patented in 1880. But those incandescent bulbs are energy wasters. They require a lot of electricity to produce light. Plus, they give off heat, resulting in higher air conditioning costs. Then along came compact fluorescent lights (CFL) and light-emitting diode (LED) bulbs, which use 70 to 90 percent less energy than traditional incandescent bulbs to produce the same amount of light. READ MORE