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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!

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 Prevent Overloading Your Circuits with Holiday Decorations

How to Prevent Overloading Your Circuits with Holiday Decorations | Direct Energy Blog

Nothing invokes cheery holiday spirit better than a brilliant light display, inside and out. On the other hand, nothing brings winter revelry to an abrupt halt like the power suddenly going off in a room, causing the lights, music and other electric-powered accessories to unexpectedly wink out. READ MORE

Safety Tips for Installing Your Indoor & Outdoor Christmas Lights

Safety Tips for Installing Your Christmas Lights | Direct Energy Blog

Holiday lighting arrangements are great when setting the mood for the Christmas season, but they can also put your home at risk if you aren’t cautious about how you lay out your illuminating displays. According to the National Fire Protection Association, fire departments responded to an average of 170 home fires per year caused by Christmas trees between 2012 and 2016, 43 percent of which were started by electrical distribution or lighting equipment. These tree fires resulted in an annual average of 4 deaths, 15 injuries and $12 million in property damage. And while outdoor lights are generally not strung along anything quite as combustible as a Christmas tree, they can still pose a risk if you use damaged equipment or overload your circuits, so outdoor holiday light safety is another factor to take into account when planning your seasonal decorations. READ MORE

How to Maintain Your Washer & Dryer

How to Maintain Your Washer & Dryer | Direct Energy Blog

The laundry room may not be the most exciting feature in a modern home, but you can’t get through the week without it. And like any other room, it takes periodic maintenance to keep it clean, safe and energy-efficient. 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