Brighter Family

Insights into Helping Your Family Live Brighter

Your family is filled with the most important people in your life, so it makes sense that you want to enjoy quality time with them. In this section, we'll provide tips, advice, recipes, teaching moments, and more – all designed to entertain and educate your family about energy and energy-related topics. We’ll even help you travel in style!

AC vs. DC Power and the War of the Currents

Many of us don’t really understand how electricity works. It’s enough that it does work – you turn the switch, and the light comes on in the room. It may come as a surprise, then, to learn that there are actually two different kinds of electricity that we use to power the many devices in our lives. They are known as alternating current and direct current, or AC and DC (not the 70s-era rock band). READ MORE

What Was “The Current War”?

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The history of electricity is a long one, going back to about 600 B.C., when the Greek mathematician Thales of Miletus discovered static electricity by rubbing a piece of amber on a patch of cat’s fur. But some phases in electrical history were a bit more dramatic, and among the most suspenseful was a period known as “the war of the currents.” READ MORE

How Much Exercise Would It Take to Power Your Computer?

How Much Exercise Would It Take to Power Your Computer? | Direct Energy Blog

Many of us can’t go a day without using a computer at some point, for work or for pleasure. But if we had to push our bodies to the max just to get the system to boot up, we might spend a little less time playing Minesweeper. READ MORE

How Much Exercise Would It Take to Power Your Holiday Lights?

How Much Exercise Would It Take to Power Your Holiday Lights? | Direct Energy Blog

If it seems like the holiday light displays in your neighborhood are getting bigger every year, there’s good reason for it. Prices on LED string lights have come down substantially since they first appeared in stores, and the cost to operate them is a tiny fraction of what it costs to power old-fashioned incandescent bulbs. So, with that huge slash in energy consumption, we’re wondering just how much sweat it would take to make the average home merry all season long. READ MORE

How Much Exercise Would It Take to Charge Your Phone?

How Much Exercise Would It Take to Charge Your Phone? | Direct Energy Blog

Smartphones have become such universal devices that they’ve replaced many of the other little gadgets we used to carry around — even the Mp3 players from our gym bags. Maybe you’ve experienced the dread of showing up at the gym ready for an intense workout, only to discover that your smartphone battery is nearly dead. And if you think that’s bad, imagine what it would be like if you had to exercise just to fill the battery back up again. READ MORE