Make your home energy efficient this spring

It’s time to end the winter hibernating and revitalize your home for another busy spring and summer season. As you plan the spring cleaning, consider using the opportunity to think about how to improve your home’s energy efficiency. There are some cleaning tasks that will help save energy and money. Dave Walton, a resident expert at Direct Energy, shares some practical tips guaranteed to help you get your home in shape, while saving money.

Caring for your wood fireplace or stove

The Technical Standards and Safety Authority (TSSA) had this great article posted in their Autumn Watch booklet.  I’m including it below for those of you who burn wood in your homes.

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Door-to-Door Sales

Here’s a new video from Consumer Protection Ontario about door-to-door water heater sales.  Direct Energy does not go door-to-door in Ontario and we will never show-up at your home without an appointment.  If you have any questions about your equipment call us and we will send someone out at your convenience.

 

What You Need To Know About Carbon Monoxide

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Did you know that research done by the Technical Standards and Safety Authority showed that the majority of Ontarians are aware of the dangers of carbon monoxide but they aren’t taking the necessary steps to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning in their homes?

Do you need your ducts cleaned?

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Top 5 Quick Hints and Tips a Duct Cleaning may be required


 

 

 

Did you know…

that you can save 15% off plumbing fixtures (including toilets) when you have a plumbing protection plan with Direct Energy?

Icicles From The Roof Are Pretty But Could Be A Bad Thing

The correct term is ice damming and it refers to those pretty icicles hanging from your roof. A charming winter picture post-card they may make, but not such great news when it comes to the cause of those icicles.

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Five things to love about Nest Learning Thermostats

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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 know.

  1. It’s smart. It learns and remembers your living patterns to create a custom schedule for your home and will turn itself down when you’re away.Travel
  2. Easy to install. If you can change a light fixture, you can install Nest. I installed mine in about 30 minutes. And, because it learns your patterns, you don’t have to worry about programming it yourself.
  3. It can save you money. Once Nest learns what you like, it will create the right balance of comfort and energy savings. For example, it will sense when no one is at home and automatically adjust the temperature. If you’re in Alberta, Direct Energy is offering Nest at no charge as part of an energy plan.
  4. You can control it from anywhere. Nest has a remote control feature which is accessible from computers and iOS and Android smartphones and tablets.nest_energy_history_on_iphone
  5. It has a simple, beautiful design. Nest has a curved design with a silver finish to beautifully blend in with your existing décor. It also comes with a wallplate so you don’t have to worry about patching or painting the area where your old thermostat was.

Five easy tips for energy efficiency

Canada’s changing seasons and ever-changing weather patterns mean that for most of us, household heating and cooling costs make up a significant portion of our expenses. But, there are simple things you can do this spring to conserve energy, help the environment and save money.

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What is the proper humidifier setting in extremely cold weather?

I received this question from one of our readers.  She thought her windows had too much condensation on them.  Here’s what I advised her.

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