Home Improvement

How to Shop for an Energy-Efficient TV

If you’re ready to go big with your next TV purchase, you might be worried about whether such an upgrade will result in a spike in your electric bill. But for the most part, those worries are unfounded — high-performance TVs may cost you a little more to operate, but not enough to scare you away from getting the picture and features you’ve been dreaming of. READ MORE

How To Replace & Install A Ceiling Fan Switch

How To Replace A Ceiling Fan Switch | Direct Energy Blog

Installing a ceiling fan is a useful home improvement job that can help keep air circulating in your house and save you money on your heating and cooling bills. Your work isn’t over once the fan itself is in place, however. To complete the job, you still need to install a ceiling fan speed control switch to get the most from your new fixture. READ MORE

Does My Home Need Attic Ventilation Fans?

Does My Home Need Attic Ventilation Fans? | Direct Energy Blog

As you suffer through a summer heat wave, your attic may be the last place on your mind. After all, there’s no way you’d want to climb up there when the stifling heat can reach as high as 150F. However, it’s important to not neglect your attic, either, as it acts as your home’s heat shield and therefore has a major impact on the temperature in the rest of the building. READ MORE

How to Clean Your Green & Cloudy Pool After a Rainstorm

How to Clean Your Green & Cloudy Pool After a Rainstorm | Direct Energy Blog

Nothing beats a clear, cool pool on a sweltering summer day. However, many homeowners discover that their pool looks a lot less appealing after a serious rainstorm, full of cloudy or even green water. Fortunately, with just a little extra maintenance you can quickly return your pool water to its proper state, or even prevent clouding problems before they start. Read on for tips on how to maintain and clean your pool after a rainstorm and keep the water swimmable all summer long. 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