Direct Energy Launches Energy Efficiency Innovation Challenge with the University of Houston

What if you could build a two-bedroom connected home that was 100% energy efficient? Amazing, right? But what if you could build it for just $80,000?

Direct Energy Launches Energy Efficiency Innovation Challenge with The University of Houston
Project Timeline for the Energy Efficiency Innovation Challenge

That’s the challenge University of Houston students will face during the UH-Direct Energy Energy Efficiency Innovation Challenge (EEIC). With guidance from our experts, and other industry professionals, seven teams of students will work to create a plan that answers the challenge.

Teams will consist of five students, each a blend of majors, and graduate and undergraduate students. They will have six weeks to create their plans with progress milestones along the way. The UH-Direct Energy EEIC competition launched Friday, October 2nd and will finish with student presentations on January 15th, 2016.

Direct Energy Residential President Manu Asthana will kick off the UH-Direct Energy EEIC Competition along with S. Radha Radhakrishnan, Joint Chief Energy Officer, UH Energy, and other members from the University of Houston.

Direct Energy Launches Energy Efficiency Innovation Challenge with The University of Houston
Manu Asthana, President of Direct Energy Residential

“The EEIC is the next phase of helping our customers use less of what we sell,” said Asthana.  “Not only do we give you tools, knowledge, and products to help you use less, we are now helping some of the brightest young minds develop an affordable home with an energy bill no greater than $25.”

“This is going to be an exciting semester, watching the students rise to the challenge. I’m already looking forward to watching them present January 15th.”

Follow the UH-Direct Energy EEIC competition on Twitter for updates by following Direct Energy or by keeping up with the #EEIC hashtag.


As an External Relations Specialist at Direct Energy, Alle Houstoun puts her public relations acumen to work by wrangling the media at tour stops for the Innovation to Inspiration mobile exhibit. She also oversees corporate events where we share how the future of smart home and smart business technology can help our customers make smarter energy decisions so they buy less of what we sell. When not on the road, Alle follows all things #energy, #tech, #cycling, and #wine.

  • Maria Curry

    Wow! What a great idea and projet!
    Looking forward to seeing the finished product.
    Will this project be small model or normal house size?
    Where will these houses be built?