Direct Energy’s Monthly Book Series: Home Improvement

Welcome to Direct Energy’s Monthly Book Series! In this series, we’ll introduce you to some of the best books on topics that are important to our customers and our environment. From green living to budgeting to home improvement, our Monthly Book Series will feature a range of books from intro-level to in-depth studies to ensure there is something for everyone! While our recommendations aren’t specific endorsement of these books or authors, they do reflect what we feel are educational and analytical books on the given topic.

Home Improvement

One of the best ways to make your house or apartment truly feel like home is customizing it to your taste and style. Whether it’s creating built-in book shelves for your home theater room, installing new faucets, or simply accessorizing your cabinets, home improvement projects are great ways to make your home feel your own.

But these projects can also be expensive, difficult, and frustrating, as they may leave your home in even worse shape than before. That’s why it’s important to do as much research as possible before undertaking a new home improvement project.

In this segment of our Monthly Book Series, we will focus on a variety of home improvement books to help you start, finish and keep up with all your DIY and home improvement goals.

1) How Your House Works: A Visual Guide to Understanding and Maintaining Your Home by Charlie Wing

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Make all your home improvement goals a reality by first understanding how your home works.

Charlie Wing believes that the first step to undertaking a home improvement project is understanding your home’s systems. His book, How Your House Works, answers all the questions you may have about every appliance and building element in your homes. Whether you have questions about your air filtration system, a leaking faucet, or what kind of lumber to buy for your DIY project, Wing’s book provides readers with answers to questions all homeowners face when undertaking a home improvement or repair project.

The book comes with detailed drawings to show readers exactly how their home’s appliances and elements function and work together, including what to check if they aren’t working – helping homeowners save money and time.

Recommended for: First-time homeowners.

2) 101 Saturday Morning Projects by Editors of The Family Handyman

If you’re looking for your next easy and inexpensive DIY home improvement project, then this book is for you. With everything from how to fix a running toilet to giving your kitchen cabinets a makeover to repairing a damaged screen, this book comes with over 130 easy-to-build projects that will help you maintain and enhance your home.

You’ll enjoy expert hints and tips, including a promise that each project can be completed in less than 4 hours – helping you achieve your home improvement goals that much sooner.

Recommended for: Readers looking for quick, easy, and inexpensive home improvement project ideas.

3) The Complete Book of Home Organization by Toni Hammersley

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Recreate some of your favorite Pinterest pins with the help from Hammersley’s book!

Have you ever wished that your home was organized enough to be worthy of Pinterest? If this has been your life-long dream, then Toni Hammersley’s The complete Book of Home Organization is for you! The book appeals to readers who have a small space or apartment and to readers who need a 15-week total home organization challenge. No matter what your organizational needs are, Hammersley’s book is bound to help you reach those goals.

Recommended for: Anyone who wants to create an organized, clutter-free, and design-conscious home.

4) Dare to Repair: A Do-it-Herself Guide to Fixing (Almost) Anything in the Home by Julie Sussman

This might be the ultimate do-it-herself book for every self-reliant woman who wants to fix her circuit breaker or clogged toilet by herself. A national bestselling home repair book for women, it demystifies these otherwise confusing and frustrating home repairs by providing information other books often leave out. With detailed instructions, Sussman’s book provides you with the tools and tips necessary to take home repair projects into your own hands.

Recommended for: Any reader who wants to be more self-reliant when it comes to their home repair needs.

5) Black & Decker: The Complete Guide to Plumbing by the Editors of Cool Springs Press

Direct Energy's Monthly Book Series: Home Improvement
Learn all about your home’s plumbing system and how you can tackle all your plumbing repair and maintenance jobs yourself!

Focusing on just plumbing, Black & Decker’s Complete Guide to Plumbing gives readers of all skill levels comprehensive steps and tips to answering any of their home’s plumbing problems. With pictures and detailed descriptions, this book will help you understand the basics of your home plumbing system, giving you the tools to tackle any plumbing projects on your own. (But it’s still OK to speak with a plumbing professional if things do go wrong.)

Recommended for: Experienced homeowners who want to tackle their plumbing projects on their own.

Check in next month when the Direct Energy Monthly Book Series talks about the Internet of Things! And be sure to provide some of your favorite home improvement books in the comments!

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