About Josh Crank

Josh Crank is a freelance writer and content marketer with a background in legal journalism, travel writing, and marketing for numerous commercial industries. He's found his perfect fit at Direct Energy in writing about home maintenance and repairs, energy efficiency, and smart home technology. Josh lives with his wife, toddler son and endlessly howling beagle-basset hound mix in New Orleans.

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What Was “The Current War”?

Energy around the world

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

Major Innovations in the History of Electricity

We tend not to think much of it when we flip a switch and the lights come on, but just 150 years ago, such an event was seen as a modern miracle. The electricity we often take for granted today is the product of centuries of observation, experimentation and innovation, which turned inventors like Thomas Edison, George Westinghouse and Nikola Tesla into household names. READ MORE

How to Protect and Maintain Your Electronics

How to Protect and Maintain Your Electronics | Direct Energy Blog

Welcome to the Take Charge of Your Home series from Direct Energy! Hiring a professional to perform household maintenance may offer convenience and peace of mind. You can do many of these jobs yourself with no experience or special tools. In the process, you’ll save money, learn about how your home works and gain a sense of accomplishment. A DIY task done well! READ MORE