Do you know what the third most common household dispute among Ontarians is?
Summer Heat has Ontarians Hot Under the Collar
Too hot? Too cold? With hot summer weather having finally arrived, it’s common for households to bicker over the temperature in their homes. In fact, a recent survey commissioned by Direct Energy found that 24 per cent of Ontarians have admitted that they’ve been involved in a “thermostat war” at home. Fighting over temperature control […]
The importance of having a well maintained air conditioning system
A central air conditioner, depending on its age, can account for up to 50% of your summer electricity bill. There are some important things you need to be aware of to ensure your system is operating efficiently – including a video about air conditioner maintenances.
Electric Rates are Rising. Some tips to combat the biggest energy wasters at home
With electricity prices forecasted to rise nearly 40 per cent in Alberta in May and rates rising during the peak air conditioning season in Ontario, homeowners concerned about their rising energy bills need to be more conscientious about how they use energy. Unfortunately, each year, many homeowners waste hundreds of dollars on unnecessary energy costs […]
Do you need your ducts cleaned?
Top 5 Quick Hints and Tips a Duct Cleaning may be required
Five things to love about Nest Learning Thermostats
Since launching in 2011, Nest Learning Thermostats have created quite a stir in the tech world and in January the company was acquired by Google. I’ve had a Nest for just over a year and I love it. If you aren’t familiar with Nest or considering a thermostat upgrade, here are five things you should […]
Air conditioner systems that are not maintained can lose up to 50% of their efficiency, wasting energy and money. Keep your air conditioner in peak condition because simple maintenance can lead to major savings.
For more money saving tips check out these posts.
With pool season in full swing, now is the perfect time to have your pool heater serviced (for those of you lucky enough to have a pool!). Like any other fuel-burning equipment, pool heaters need to be maintained regularly to work safely and efficiently.
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With summer finally heating up it’s important to take care of yourself and others during very hot days. Here’s some advice to stay cool and keep energy bills down.
- If you have to be outside, make sure you are hydrating yourself regularly and take frequent breaks. If you thirsty that means you are already dehydrated.
- Don’t forget about your pets. Check on them frequently; making sure they have water and don’t leave them outside for long periods of time or in the car!
- Pale skin, muscle cramps, feeling tired and weak, altered mental status, and headaches are all signs of heat overexposure.
- Dress appropriately. Wear loose-fitting, lightweight and light-colored clothing.
- Protect yourself from the sun. Bust out a hat and your sunglasses. Don’t forget to wear sunscreen.
- If you’re escaping the heat in the comfort of your own home, make sure you’re using those ceiling fans to circulate the cool air. Remember, fan blades should move the air downwards in the summer and upwards in the winter.
- Keep your windows closed during the day to keep the cool air in and the unwanted hot air out.
- Turn off air or close vents in unused rooms and shut the doors. Don’t lose money cooling rooms that aren’t in use. Your AC unit is your best friend during these scorching times. Make sure you give it the love it deserves by having a qualified professional check for leaks and making sure you have the right amount of refrigerant in it.
- Close curtains or blinds on windows that are receiving direct sunlight to keep the heat out of the house.
- Unplug zombie electronics when not in use – items like cell phones, iPods, and computer chargers tend to suck energy even when they are not being used.
I was doing some research and came across this really interesting article from ENERGY STAR®.
With the summer heat and crazy storms in full swing there comes the potential of power outages. Here are some hints and tips to help you be prepared.
I came across this list on Environment Canada’s website about tornadoes and thought I would share it since we have had confirmed tornadoes in Ontario this summer.
Planning a weekend cottage getaway or heading out for an extended vacation? Installing a programmable thermostat can help you save money while you’re away. Increasing the temperature by only a few degrees can save you up to 4% on your energy bill and you can automatically lower it to the preferred temperature right before you arrive home.
For more home energy saving tips take a look at this post.
It’s National Safety Month and I wanted to share with you that, at Direct Energy, we take health and safety very seriously.
We are really proud of our health and safety accomplishments and it’s important for you to know about it.
Here is some important electrical safety information from the Technical Standards and Safety Authority.
Electrical systems are designed to carry electricity safely throughout our homes. Overloading an electrical circuit by plugging in too many electrical items draws more electricity through the system than it was designed to carry. This can create overheating and result in fire.