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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How Much Exercise Would It Take to Power Your Computer?

How Much Exercise Would It Take to Power Your Computer? | Direct Energy Blog

Many of us can’t go a day without using a computer at some point, for work or for pleasure. But if we had to push our bodies to the max just to get the system to boot up, we might spend a little less time playing Minesweeper. READ MORE

23 Summer Energy Saving Tips for Kids

23 Ways Kids Can Save Energy at Home in the Summer | Direct Energy Blog

While the kids are off school for the summer, parents have a great opportunity to teach them a little about saving energy and money. Coming up with ways to save energy at home in the summer is a good strategy for reducing a household’s budget, and it can be a nice learning experience for the kids, too. READ MORE

When Is the Best Time of Year to Buy New Appliances?

When Is the Best Time of Year to Buy New Appliances? | Direct Energy Blog

The coming of the new year tends to get homeowners excited about changes to their homes. It will soon be time to start planting spring flowers, the rejuvenation of spring cleaning is right around the corner, and some of you may even be thinking about replacing a few of your aging appliances. READ MORE

How to Winterize a Sprinkler System & Prevent Freezing

How to Winterize a Sprinkler System | 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

Should You Unplug Appliances to Save Electricity?

Should You Unplug Appliances to Save Electricity? | Direct Energy Blog

By now, most of us have heard of “energy vampires” — those appliances and electronics that draw small amounts of power 24/7, even when we’re not using them. Unplugging some of these devices can be a piece of cake, whereas others can be a bit more of a hassle. So is it worth the trouble? READ MORE