Brighter Family

Insights into Helping Your Family Live Brighter

Your family is filled with the most important people in your life, so it makes sense that you want to enjoy quality time with them. In this section, we'll provide tips, advice, recipes, teaching moments, and more – all designed to entertain and educate your family about energy and energy-related topics. We’ll even help you travel in style!

4 Cool Activities to Help Your Kids Beat the Summer Heat

School is out, the days are getting longer, temperatures are in the high double digits (and rising), and all the kids want to do is sit inside in the comfort of the air conditioner. With a little ingenuity and creativity, we’ve come up with 4 cool activities that will have your kids begging to playing outside this summer. READ MORE

4 Easy Meals to Enjoy during the First Week in Your New Home

When moving day finally arrives, you’re so focused on the process of moving that you probably don’t even remember where you’re moving. You understand that somewhere in the future there will be chores like cleaning the house, setting up the beds and unpacking the boxes, but those chores can be accomplished in the days and weeks ahead. READ MORE

Direct Energy Buzz for May 2014

Welcome to the Direct Energy Buzz for May 2014. This month, we’ll be looking at some milestones and developments in Texas energy, taking solar power to the streets, and how Direct Energy will be helping nonprofits become more energy efficient. READ MORE

Learning About Key Documents with Your Electricity Choice

Even with the advent of electricity deregulation in several states, not everyone understands the power that customers  have in terms of their electricity choice. So, if you’re thinking about selecting a new electricity provider or energy plan for your home, you need to understand the basics when it comes to choosing what’s right for you and your home. Now take a deep breath, center yourself, and focus. The first thing you should do is ignore the hype and hustle and get the real facts about the energy companies and plans that interest you. READ MORE

Why Can’t I Buy Incandescent Light Bulbs Any More?

If you were a fan of Looney Tunes when you were a kid (I still am), you may see some changes to these classic cartoons in the very near future. The iconic incandescent light bulbs that shine so prominently above a character’s head when they have an idea will now be replaced with energy efficient CFL or LED light bulbs. As of January 1, 2014, a ban on the production of incandescent light bulbs has gone into effect in the United States. READ MORE