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!
Posted October 12, 2018 by Josh Crank
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?
Posted September 26, 2018 by Josh Crank
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.
Posted August 7, 2018 by Josh Crank
There are a few ways you can calculate the energy efficiency of your house and appliances:
Posted July 31, 2018 by Josh Crank
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.
Posted June 28, 2018 by Josh Crank
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.
Posted June 27, 2018 by Josh Crank
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.