Energy Savvy

Become a More Educated Energy Consumer

Here at Direct Energy, we are Helping You Buy Less of What We Sell. This starts with helping you learn how energy works and then extends to giving you the tools you need to understand how you use energy in your home. And we'll give you a range of tips and ideas on how to become more energy efficient throughout your life!

Should You Unplug Appliances to Save Electricity?

Should You Unplug Appliances to Save Electricity? | Direct Energy Blog

By now, most of us have heard of “energy vampires” — those appliances and electronics that draw small amounts of power 24/7, even when we’re not using them. Unplugging some of these devices can be a piece of cake, whereas others can be a bit more of a hassle. So is it worth the trouble? READ MORE

6 Ways to Generate Green Energy at Home

Ways to Generate Green Energy at Home | Direct Energy Blog

The easiest way for most homeowners to reduce their utility bills is by cutting back on energy consumption through self-discipline and increased efficiency. But for those who have some time and money to invest, installing one or more green energy systems can yield bigger, longer-term savings while doing more to protect the environment. READ MORE

How Do Heat Pumps Work?

How Do Heat Pumps Work? | Direct Energy Blog

Everybody knows what air conditioners and furnaces are, but their cousin in the HVAC world — the heat pump — isn’t as well understood. Don’t let the name fool you, because heat pumps can do it all: heating, cooling and dehumidifying, just like traditional resistance heating and cooling systems. But heat pumps do it in a different, more energy-efficient way. READ MORE

How to Recycle Light Bulbs

How to Recycle Light Bulbs: Incandescent, Fluorescent, & CFL | Direct Energy Blog

If you’re in the habit of tossing your burned out light bulbs in the trash, you might be making a mistake. There may be a recycling drop-off point right in your neighborhood, but more importantly, some light bulbs must be recycled for the good of the environment. 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