Direct Energy

Direct Energy

December 27, 2007 10:08 ET

Direct Energy: Happy Green Year!

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Dec. 27, 2007) -

Attention: General Assignment, Environment and Home Editors

Another year has come and gone and once again it's time to wipe the slate clean. Direct Energy, one of the largest North American providers of energy and energy-related services, wants to help homeowners set green resolutions and keep them all year round.

"Making a green resolution is easy since it can yield tremendous benefits, such as reducing energy consumption, saving money and helping the environment," said Dave Walton, director of home ideas for Direct Energy. "However, like any New Year's resolution, keeping that commitment to energy efficiency can be a little harder, so we wanted to offer these quick and easy tips to help homeowners."

To help homeowners get going, the company is challenging consumers to start the "seven days of saving challenge" - quick and easy tips consumers can adopt each day to make their home more energy-efficient and reduce their carbon footprint:

- Change your light bulbs: Year-round, lighting can account for as much as 25 percent of a home's electrical use. Simply replace incandescent bulbs with compact fluorescent lights that use up to 75 percent less energy.

- Upgrade to ENERGYSTAR appliances: ENERGYSTAR labeled products can cut your energy bills by up to 30 percent when you're ready to replace your heating and cooling systems - as well as appliances, lighting, windows, office equipment, and home electronics. Consider investing in new appliances if your budget allows since you should see immediate energy savings.

- Use the dishwasher more: One load of dishes cleaned in a dishwasher requires 37 percent less water than washing dishes by hand. However, if you fill the wash and rinse basins instead of letting the water run, you'll use half as much water as a dishwasher.

- Unplug the charger on your cell phone: When portable devices such as a BlackBerry™, cell phone, or iPod™ are finished charging, disconnect the device and unplug the charger. Even if the device isn't connected, energy continues to seep out through the charger itself.

- Purchase a Rug in the season's newest color - Green. A rug is not only a decorator's must have, but it also helps insulate your floors and cut down on the noise too.

- Let the sunshine in. Open the drapes or blinds on sunny days and bask in the 'free' heat. Keep those south-facing windows squeaky clean to let the light through. Remember to close the drapes or blinds when the sun sets.

- Renewable energy is not limited to solar panels and windmills on your home. Direct Energy offers green energy plans for both electricity and natural gas. Green electricity plans make use of renewable sources of energy. With carbon-neutral natural gas plans, Direct Energy offsets emissions that consumers generate when they heat their home by investing in projects that reduce or prevent the same amount of emissions from going into the atmosphere.



Editor's Note:

Survey information and energy efficiency and conservation tips were
obtained from the following sources(i):

http://oee.nrcan.gc.ca/energystar/english/consumers/index.cfm
http://www.energystar.gov
http://www.energy.gov/applianceselectronics.htm
http://www.consumerenergycenter.org/tips/holiday.html

(i) Direct Energy is not affiliated with the organizations in the
Web sites listed above.


About Direct Energy

Direct Energy is one of North America's largest energy and energy-related services providers with over 5 million residential and commercial customer relationships. Direct Energy provides customers with choice and support in managing their energy costs through a portfolio of innovative products and services. A subsidiary of Centrica plc (LSE:CNA), one of the world's leading integrated energy companies, Direct Energy operates in Texas, the northeastern United States and across Canada. To learn more about Direct Energy, visit www.directenergy.com.

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