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Tips for Improving Your Home – Inside and Out

It's your one-stop shop for all the tips you need to take care of projects around your house. We share DIY home improvement info, advise for weather and safety, suggestions for ramping up your home décor, and recommendations for moving effectively. Start brightening your home today!

Should You Repair or Replace Your Home’s Appliances?

When to Replace Your Old Appliances | Direct Energy Blog

When a major home appliance breaks down, you need to act quickly to either repair or replace it, especially when it’s an absolutely essential piece of equipment like a furnace or refrigerator. Moments like these can be very stressful, since there’s a lot of money on the line and you don’t have much time to decide if you want to attempt to repair your appliance, or replace it with a new model. READ MORE

Fuse Box & Circuit Breaker Safety Tips

Getting to Know Your Fuse Box and Safety Tips | Direct Energy Blog

Most homeowners don’t think too much about their fuse boxes until they want to install an outlet, ceiling fan, or light fixture, or one of the fuses blows. While it’s good to have your fuse box checked out by a licensed electrician once in a while, it’s also good to have a working knowledge of just how the thing does its job. You don’t need to know how to wire a fuse box to understand the basics of how it works. Besides, getting to know your fuse box might save you some money down the road. And it’s always smart to sort your circuits so you’ll know what breaker switch controls what. READ MORE

How to Install an Outdoor Outlet

How to Install an Outside Outlet | Direct Energy Blog

If you want to decorate your house with festive holiday lights, or simply make the use of electric yard tools more convenient, an exterior electrical outlet is a very useful amenity to consider. Otherwise, you could find yourself running extension cords through partially open windows, which can drive up your heating and cooling costs, or using improvised and unsafe connections to outside light fixtures, which can present a serious fire hazard. READ MORE

How to Make Your Home More Energy Efficient with $1,000

You can lock in long-term savings on utility bills by working on tactical energy-efficient upgrades for your home, particularly by beefing up the insulation and air-sealing to improve retention of treated air. These improvements require up-front investment, but if you’re smart about where you put your money you can realize substantial gains over time. Read on for tips on how to make your home energy-efficient and an example of how putting $1,000 into a typical American home can pay for itself in energy savings. READ MORE

How to Repair Water-Damaged Drywall

How to Repair Water-Damaged Drywall | Direct Energy Blog

Whether it happens in your ceiling because of a leaky roof, condensation from your central air conditioning, or flooding, repairing water-damaged drywall can cause you anxiety and aggravation, especially if you’ve never done it before. After all, the ceilings and walls in your home are supposed to be solid and sturdy, and tearing a hole into one should be really complicated. It’s actually far from it. True, the process will take some prep work and make a bit of a mess, but with a little patience and care you can make the damage practically invisible in just a few days. READ MORE

How to Test Your Cold Air Return Ductwork

How to Test Your Cold Air Return Ductwork | Direct Energy Blog

When most homeowners think about their ductwork, they concentrate on how much hot or cool air is blowing out. Many have spent a lot of time sealing and insulating the ductwork leading away from the HVAC blower, thinking that is all they need to do improve their system’s efficiency. Unfortunately, they are only half done. READ MORE