Direct Energy Buzz for August 2014

Welcome to the Direct Energy Buzz for August 2014! This month, we’re bringing you developments in Direct Energy news and in addition some simple summer themed life hacks.

Direct Energy News: In our last post, we updated our readers on Direct Energy’s two new energy plans that focus on energy efficiency. The Comfort & Control Plans are offered to residents in Alberta, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Illinois, and Ohio and come with a fixed-rate energy plan that includes a Nest Learning Thermostat for free. To help our customers learn how to be energy efficient with Nest, we posted an article on Teaching the Nest Learning Thermostat (and Your Family) to Save. We provided some helpful background information and five useful tips on how to help the Nest Thermostat learn your habits, which will help you and your family save energy.

Direct Energy Buzz for August 2014Direct Energy Community Involvement: Direct Energy donated $5,000 to the literacy nonprofit, Look. It’s My Book! in Peoria, IL. Not only did the organization receive the $5,000 donation from Direct Energy, it also is the winner of this year’s Central Illinois Volunteer Citizen of the Year award. Look. It’s My Book! is a reading program for young children. Children in kindergarten through fourth grade will receive one book six times a year during the 2014-2015 school year.  The organization is active in 13 Peoria area elementary schools, and the goal is to instill a life-long love of reading. According to their website, “61% of children living in poverty do not have a single book for children in the home.” Through their contribution, Direct Energy is dedicated to improving children’s literacy for now and for their academic future.

Direct Energy Buzz for August 2014
2-Liter Sprinkler image courtesy of Clever, Crafty, Cookin’ Mama.

Summer Energy-Saving Life Hacks:

  • If the kids are hot and tired from being cooped up inside, get creative and use a 2-liter bottle to create your own sprinkler. Click here for instructions.
  • Save energy by cooling drinks down in an instant. All you need is a wet paper towel and a freezer. Wrap the wet paper towel around the bottle you are trying to cool, and stick it in the freezer for 15 minutes. After, you’ll have yourself a frosty cold beverage. (Instagram)
  • Energy-free nightlights. Light up the night with glow sticks. Cut a glow stick open and pour it into a mason jar filled with water. The glowing water provides a unique nightlight. (Pinterest)
  • Cool down during the hot summer without turning down your air conditioner. Freeze a few water bottles and then place them in front of a fan. As the bottles melt, the air being blown towards you is cooled. (

How are you enjoying your August? Do you have any great news or energy-saving life hacks to share?