Celebrate Earth Day and Lower Energy Costs, Help Save the Planet

       Celebrate Earth Day and Lower Energy Costs, Help Save the Planet

Annual 'go green' day is approaching and consumers are encouraged to get

PR Newswire

PITTSBURGH, April 19, 2013

PITTSBURGH, April 19, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --This upcoming Monday, April 22^nd
marks the 43^rd anniversary of Earth Day. It's the perfect time to begin
taking steps to help make the environment a better one.

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According to Earth Day Network, last year's Earth Day generated an astonishing
one billion "Acts of Green" worldwide. These acts are considered anything from
planting trees to cleaning parks and other green spaces to riding a bicycle
instead of driving a car or using public transportation.

"Today, with gas and oil prices skyrocketing, families everywhere are being
forced to tighten their budgets. Therefore, it is important for everyone to
learn how energy conservation can save you money," said Rob Comstock, senior
vice president for Direct Energy. "Participating in Earth Day and practicing
'green' initiatives everyday will not only benefit planet Earth, but it can
also benefit our wallets."

Direct Energy recommends its own "Acts of Green" for you and your family to do
on Earth Day, as well as every day:

  oPlant a tree. Trees improve air quality by filtering harmful dust and
    pollutants such as carbon monoxide and sulfur dioxide from the air we
  oBike, walk, jog or carpool whenever possible. When greenhouse gas
    emissions from automobiles are released into the air, they cause air
    pollution and harm to the ozone layer.
  oMake your home an Energy Star. Performing an energy audit on your home
    regularly can help lower energy bills. For a complete checklist of how to
    perform an energy audit, please visit http://bit.ly/HomeEnergyAudits.
  oRun your dishwater and washing machine only when full to avoid wasting
    water. Water conservation helps prevent water pollution in nearby lakes,
    rivers and streams. Additionally, water pollution not only damages the
    environment but also harms pipes and septic systems.
  oMake a compost. Composts make nutrient-rich soil that holds more water so
    your plants will grow better. Paper, egg shells, grass clippings, fruits,
    vegetables and coffee grounds can be added to a compost to make a cheap
    and easy fertilizer.
  oUtilize reusable bags when shopping. Keep them in your car and near doors
    so that they can be easily reached when you are on the go. Plastic bags
    are not biodegradable and can take anywhere from 15 to 1,000 years to
    decompose. If you only have a few items, skip the bag altogether and carry
    them instead.
  oSwap out incandescent light bulbs in your home for compact fluorescent
    lamp (CFL) bulbs. CFLs use less electric power and can last up to 10 times
    longer than regular incandescent bulbs.

Furthermore, Direct Energy is utilizing its energy expertise to make a
difference in people's lives by donating up to $100,000 to nonprofits through
its Reduce Your Use For Good program. Nonprofits are encouraged to create a
short video about the good work they do in the community and submit it to
www.reduceyouruseforgood.comfor a chance to win a $2,500 grant.

"Starting with the 43^rd annual Earth Day, be conscious of how you can be more
eco-friendly and encourage your friends and family to do the same," Comstock
said. "Earth Day is just one day a year but you can choose to 'go green' each
and every day. Together we can make the Earth a cleaner and healthier place to

About Direct Energy
Direct Energy is one of North America's largest energy and energy-related
services providers with more than 6 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 46 U.S.
states plus the District of Columbia and 10 provinces in Canada. For more
information, visit www.directenergy.com

SOURCE Direct Energy

Website: http://www.directenergy.com
Contact: Julie Hendry, Direct Energy, 412.925.6773,
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