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How Can I Be More Energy Efficient During the Holidays?

How Can I Be More Energy Efficient During the Holidays? | Direct Energy Blog

Holiday season is fast approaching, making for an expensive time of year for many homeowners. All the additional shopping, travel, hosting and gift-giving adds up quickly, and so do the bigger energy bills that come with heating a home during the coldest months of the year. Adorning the house and trees around it with electricity-sapping decorations doesn’t help either. READ MORE

Are LEDs the Light Bulbs of the Future?

Are LEDs the Light Bulbs of the Future?

Guest Post by Fran J. Donegan

It may be time to declare a winner — or at least a clear leader — in the race to develop the most energy-efficient light bulb. Up until recently, we used pretty much the same type of light bulb in our lamps and light fixtures that Thomas Edison patented in 1880. But those incandescent bulbs are energy wasters. They require a lot of electricity to produce light. Plus, they give off heat, resulting in higher air conditioning costs. Then along came compact fluorescent lights (CFL) and light-emitting diode (LED) bulbs, which use 70 to 90 percent less energy than traditional incandescent bulbs to produce the same amount of light. READ MORE

Can I Save Money with ENERGY STAR® Appliances?

Can I Save Money with ENERGY STAR Appliances?

We see it all the time – that blue “ENERGY STAR®” square, planted on various products, from LED light bulbs and personal computers to home refrigerators and sound systems. What you may not know is that this certification label was actually created by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to guarantee significant energy savings. READ MORE

How Can We Make a Difference on Climate Change? [Infographic]

How Can We Make a Difference on Climate Change? [Infographic]

Everyone Needs to Work Together!

Since there aren’t any simple fixes for addressing how climate change affects our environment, it’s easy to get frustrated by the lack of progress on creating a cleaner Earth. Thankfully, many nations of the world collaborated to sign the Paris Agreement at the 2015 United Nations Conference on Climate Change (COP 21), showing the world that we can make a difference when we work together. READ MORE