About Vernon Trollinger

Vernon Trollinger is a writer with a background in home improvement, electronics, fiction writing, and archaeology. He now writes about green energy technology, home energy efficiency, the natural gas industry, and the electrical grid.

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How to Maintain Your Radiator

How to Maintain Your Radiator | Direct Energy Blog

If you heat your home with steam or hot water, you’re in a very select group! Most of the 113.6 million homes in the U.S. rely either on natural gas or electricity for home heating. Only 6.9 million, however, rely on steam or hot water systems and of that number 4.3 million are located in the U.S. northeast. READ MORE

How to Keep Your Furnace From Breaking Down

How to Keep Your Furnace From Breaking Down | Direct Energy Blog

The last thing any homeowner wants it to wake up at 3AM to a freezing cold house. If your furnace shuts down during a winter like many have experienced this year, you may also face costly repairs to burst water pipes, water damage, and even mold. But what can you do? Modern gas furnaces are not only energy efficient but also far more complicated than those from the 1990s. Furnace shut-downs that might have once been caused by a dirty thermocouple now involve smart systems that auto-test combustion air inducers, electronic ignition sensors, pressure switches, and exhaust flow monitoring. READ MORE

Common LED Lighting Myths & Facts

Common LED Lighting Myths | Direct Energy Blog

Welcome to the Energy Efficiency Myths series from Direct Energy! As many myths arise from incomplete knowledge, they can create seemingly possible answers that many people accept as fact. Each month, we will examine common misunderstandings about energy efficiency — whether it’s in your home or about the energy industry — and deliver real facts behind the myth (and how they they might be costing you money). READ MORE

Technology Buzz December, 2017 — What’s Graphene?

Technology Buzz December 2017: Graphene | Direct Energy Blog

The Graphene Corner

What is Graphene?

Graphene is the lightest material known. Produced in single sheets, it’s composed of carbon atoms bonded together in honeycomb-shaped lattice that’s just one atom thick. Hyper conductive and 100 to 300 times stronger than steel, it’s also incredibly cheap. READ MORE

Does Ductwork Go Bad?

Does Ductwork Go Bad? | Direct Energy Blog

Welcome to the Energy Efficiency Myths series from Direct Energy! As many myths arise from incomplete knowledge, they can create seemingly possible answers that many people accept as fact. Each month, we will examine common misunderstandings about energy efficiency — whether it’s in your home or about the energy industry — and deliver real facts behind the myth (and how they they might be costing you money). READ MORE

Technology Buzz—November 2017

Technology Buzz—November, 2017 | Direct Energy

Welcome to the November installment of the Tech Buzz. This month, there’s been a LOT of buzz not only in the operating room, but also around cool new materials being built into hot electric cars and from parking lot asphalt. Fasten your seat belts, there’s some amazing stuff just down the road ahead. READ MORE