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 Does Central Air Cost?

During the sweltering summer, it can be hard to put a price on comfort. But the sweet relief of air conditioning does come at a cost, and the bills get bigger as the days get hotter. READ MORE

How Do Heat Pumps Work?

How Do Heat Pumps Work? | Direct Energy Blog

Everybody knows what air conditioners and furnaces are, but their cousin in the HVAC world — the heat pump — isn’t as well understood. Don’t let the name fool you, because heat pumps can do it all: heating, cooling and dehumidifying, just like traditional resistance heating and cooling systems. But heat pumps do it in a different, more energy-efficient way. READ MORE

Sump Pump Maintenance Checklist

Sump Pump Maintenance Checklist | 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, but you can do many of these jobs yourself with no experience or special tools. And in the process, you’ll save money, learn about how your home works and gain a sense of accomplishment from a DIY task done well! READ MORE

What’s the Difference Between a Hurricane Watch and a Hurricane Warning?

What's the Difference Between a Hurricane Watch and a Hurricane Warning? | Direct Energy Blog

Hurricane season comes every year, bringing with it special responsibilities for people who live near the East and Gulf Coasts. There are practical tasks like stocking up on bottled water and batteries, but if you’re unfamiliar with hurricane preparedness, the most fundamental way to prepare is to heed hurricane watches and warnings. READ MORE

How Much Exercise Would It Take to Power Your Dishwasher?

How Much Exercise Would It Take to Power Your Dishwasher?

The dishwasher is one of the most time-saving appliances in any modern kitchen. Most dishwashers can make two sink loads of dishes sparkle in an hour or less, all at the push of a button. But it can’t get the job done without a steady flow of electricity — so how much time would it save you if you had to generate all that electricity yourself? READ MORE