About Vernon Trollinger

Vernon Trollinger is a writer with a background in home improvement, electronics, fiction writing, and archaeology. He now writes about green energy technology, home energy efficiency, the natural gas industry, and the electrical grid.

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How to Choose a Water Softener

How to Choose a Water Softener System & Size | Direct Energy Blog

If your home has a water softener, chances are good that it’s performing reliably and dependably. After all, water softeners don’t see a whole lot of rough and tumble action. But as they age, they can develop a number of problems with clogged filter screens, leaky valves, or worn out resin. All these are pretty easy to replace. READ MORE

Fuse Box & Circuit Breaker Safety Tips

Getting to Know Your Fuse Box and Safety Tips | Direct Energy Blog

Most homeowners don’t think too much about their fuse boxes until they want to install an outlet, ceiling fan, or light fixture, or one of the fuses blows. While it’s good to have your fuse box checked out by a licensed electrician once in a while, it’s also good to have a working knowledge of just how the thing does its job. You don’t need to know how to wire a fuse box to understand the basics of how it works. Besides, getting to know your fuse box might save you some money down the road. And it’s always smart to sort your circuits so you’ll know what breaker switch controls what. READ MORE

How to Repair Water-Damaged Drywall

How to Repair Water-Damaged Drywall | Direct Energy Blog

Whether it happens in your ceiling because of a leaky roof, condensation from your central air conditioning, or flooding, repairing water-damaged drywall can cause you anxiety and aggravation, especially if you’ve never done it before. After all, the ceilings and walls in your home are supposed to be solid and sturdy, and tearing a hole into one should be really complicated. It’s actually far from it. True, the process will take some prep work and make a bit of a mess, but with a little patience and care you can make the damage practically invisible in just a few days. READ MORE

How to Test Your Cold Air Return Ductwork

How to Test Your Cold Air Return Ductwork | Direct Energy Blog

When most homeowners think about their ductwork, they concentrate on how much hot or cool air is blowing out. Many have spent a lot of time sealing and insulating the ductwork leading away from the HVAC blower, thinking that is all they need to do improve their system’s efficiency. Unfortunately, they are only half done. 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

Top Weekend Energy Efficiency Projects, Part Two

Top Weekend Energy Efficiency Projects, Part Two | Direct Energy Blog

In spite of what Punxsutawney Phil says, spring really IS on its way. And at the risk of being even more controversial, it is TRUE that the days really are getting longer. That means until June 21, there’s going to be more and more daylight hours available for you to get some of those weekend energy efficiency projects done. But where to start? What are the best energy efficient projects for you home that actually reduce your energy usage and save you money? READ MORE