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Tip of the Week: Air Conditioner Maintenance

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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.

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For more money saving tips check out these posts.

Tip of the Week: Pool Heater Maintenance

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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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For more home safety tips click here.

 

Hot Weather hints and tips!

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.

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  • 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.

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Savings Tips

  • 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.

When is it time to replace your….?

I was doing some research and came across this really interesting article from ENERGY STAR®.

What to do when the power goes out

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.

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Did you know…

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.

 

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Tip of the Week: Saving Money During Your Vacation

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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.

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For more home energy saving tips take a look at this post.

June is National Safety Month

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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.

Electrical Hazards: Overloading and Overheating Outlets

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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.

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