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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 Much Does Central Air Cost?

During the sweltering summer, it can be hard to put a price on comfort. But the sweet relief of air conditioning does come at a cost, and the bills get bigger as the days get hotter. READ MORE

Sump Pump Maintenance Checklist

Sump Pump Maintenance Checklist | 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, but you can do many of these jobs yourself with no experience or special tools. And in the process, you’ll save money, learn about how your home works and gain a sense of accomplishment from a DIY task done well! READ MORE

8 Gardening Hacks for a Greener Thumb

8 Gardening Hacks for a Greener Thumb | Direct Energy Blog

Gardening is a hobby that you can spend a lifetime learning about. Seasons change, seeds fail or thrive, and just when you think you know it all, you realize how much there still is to learn. Direct Energy’s Gardening Series is a follow-along guide to embrace the beauty and challenges involved with being a gardener. As a craft that requires patience, creativity, and endurance, gardening can be enjoyed by those of all ages, and is one of the most satisfying ways to spend an early morning or late afternoon. Follow along as we show you how to begin, which herbs grow the best and other tips on how to plant a garden that will flourish under your care. READ MORE

What’s the Difference Between a Hurricane Watch and a Hurricane Warning?

What's the Difference Between a Hurricane Watch and a Hurricane Warning? | Direct Energy Blog

Hurricane season comes every year, bringing with it special responsibilities for people who live near the East and Gulf Coasts. There are practical tasks like stocking up on bottled water and batteries, but if you’re unfamiliar with hurricane preparedness, the most fundamental way to prepare is to heed hurricane watches and warnings. READ MORE

How Energy-Efficient Roofing Helps Beat the Heat & Save Money

Energy-Efficient Roofing & How it Saves Money | Direct Energy Blog

During the heat of summer, a non-reflective rooftop is one of the hottest places out there — far hotter than the surrounding air. Even with good insulation, that heat penetrates roofs and warms up attics and top floors, forcing air conditioners to work overtime just to keep up. The key to avoiding this expensive problem is to replace or treat those roofs with reflective, cool roofing materials. READ MORE