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 to Recycle Light Bulbs

How to Recycle Light Bulbs: Incandescent, Fluorescent, & CFL | Direct Energy Blog

If you’re in the habit of tossing your burned out light bulbs in the trash, you might be making a mistake. There may be a recycling drop-off point right in your neighborhood, but more importantly, some light bulbs must be recycled for the good of the environment. READ MORE

How Energy-Efficient Roofing Helps Beat the Heat & Save Money

Energy-Efficient Roofing & How it Saves Money | Direct Energy Blog

During the heat of summer, a non-reflective rooftop is one of the hottest places out there — far hotter than the surrounding air. Even with good insulation, that heat penetrates roofs and warms up attics and top floors, forcing air conditioners to work overtime just to keep up. The key to avoiding this expensive problem is to replace or treat those roofs with reflective, cool roofing materials. READ MORE

7 Ways to Extend the Life of Your HVAC System & When to Replace It

7 Ways to Extend the Life of Your HVAC System | Direct Energy Blog

Your HVAC system runs year-round, day and night. At that pace, it won’t last forever. The average lifespan of an air conditioner is about 12 to 15 years, and furnaces usually last about 20. If you stay in one home for long enough, system replacement is inevitable. READ MORE

How to Maintain & Clean Exhaust Fans in the Bathroom and Kitchen

How to Maintain & Clean Exhaust Fans in the Bathroom and Kitchen | 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