Direct Energy Buzz – June 15th edition

Are you ready for hurricane weather, Father’s Day, vacations and baseball? It’s the season for all four—and we talked about all of them on Facebook, Twitter and our DE blog this past week.

No one wants to contemplate the possibility of bad weather on a vacation, but it happens—hurricane season started June 1 and lasts through October. Wednesday’s DE blog post offered some great tips for handling any weather emergencies that might arise on your next trip to the tropics.

And while we’re on the topic of planning for bad weather—did you know that 40% of small businesses never recover from hurricanes, tornadoes and other natural disasters? Don’t be among that number! Monday’s DE blog post covered five steps to small business disaster preparedness that might make the difference between staying afloat and going under.

Okay, enough about disasters. How’s your baseball season going? We’re getting into the spirit by sponsoring a corn hole tournament on July 7 at our Pittsburgh Pirates tailgate party. (If you’re drawing a blank on corn hole, hint—it’s kind of like a beanbag toss.) Learn all about it here—we’d love to see you!

It was a busy week on Twitter, with tweets about green Father’s Day gifts, wind and solar powered streetlamps and enticing home decorating tips that are thrifty as well as green.

For our Texas customers—you’ve probably heard about ERCOT during summer heat waves. As the grid operator for most of Texas, The Electric Reliability Council of Texas issues statewide alerts when energy demand is high and conservation is critical. Now you can get real-time updates and tips from ERCOT with a free smartphone app—check it out!

And finally—what do The Boys of Summer, Summer in the City, Here Comes the Sun, Walkin’ on Sunshine and Good Day Sunshine all have in common, other than containing the word “sun”? You can enjoy and share all of them—and 15 other summer-themed songs—on the DE JAMS Spotify channel that’s located on our Facebook page. Enjoy!

Thanks to Flickr user Ken Curtis