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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!

How to Protect and Maintain Your Electronics

How to Protect and Maintain Your Electronics | 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

How to Prepare for a Hurricane with Children and Babies: What to Pack

How to Prepare for a Hurricane with Children and Babies | Direct Energy Blog

Thanks to modern meteorological technology, residents of coastal areas often have well over 24 hours warning before the landfall of a hurricane or tropical storm. But that time can disappear quickly, especially if you need to reinforce your home or expect to get stuck in an evacuation traffic jam. Don’t waste even more time making last-minute runs for basic supplies like batteries, canned goods and bottled water, which are frequently in short supply in the run-up to a major storm. Learn what to pack for a hurricane and build a kit today so that you’ll be ready for the first day of hurricane season.   READ MORE

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