Smart Energy

France’s New Environmental Legislation: What It Means for the US

France’s New Environmental Legislation: What It Means for the US

A new French law requires that all new buildings in commercial zones must be partially covered (50%) with either solar panels, or plants. The benefits are obvious. Solar panels generate electricity, plus roof-mounted panels also provide shading and help deflect the radiant heat. Plants provide cooling through shade and extra insulation, as well as preventing […]

7 Steps to Getting Your Attic Ready for Summer

7 Steps to Getting Your Attic Ready for Summer

Summertime heat is around the corner. Attics can get insanely hot under the summer sun —as high as 150°F. That heat adds onto your home’s air conditioning bill. Now, before the heat hits hard, is the best time to get your home’s attic ready for summer. While not all attics are the same, most share the […]

Let the Sun Shine: Introducing Direct Energy Solar

Let the Sun Shine: Introducing Direct Energy Solar

Green is the new black, and it’s more than a trend, it’s a lifestyle. As energy generation has evolved, Direct Energy is proud to embrace alternative energy sources that can make a difference in people’s lives and our planet. In July 2014, Direct Energy acquired Astrum Solar, and today, we unveil a makeover: meet Direct […]

Challenging Common Energy Misconceptions – Part One: Heating & Lighting

When it comes to saving energy, misconceptions and mistaken assumptions often mislead people, causing more problems or costing them more money. Some were part of standard building codes until research proved them wrong. The vexing thing about these misconceptions is that, at first glance, they seem to make sense. Only after closer examination do you find out […]

EnergyStar appliances

Shopping and Saving with Energy Star Appliances for Your Home

After reading plenty of articles with headlines like “Energy Star Homes Pay for Themselves,” I learned that many of them (like this one) forget to tell you exactly how that happens. Instead, you get some info-fluff making empty claims about a mere $7 in yearly energy savings from using an EnergyStar computer monitor – which is barely enough to buy […]