Connected Living

Energy Efficiency ‘Round the Home Series: Part 10 – The Media Room

Believe it or not, improving your home’s energy efficiency doesn’t require an advanced energy science degree. It’s really just a matter of being more aware of choices and recognizing whether they save or waste energy. Individually, some energy-wasting practices might not amount to much, but when you add them all together, you’ll gain a better picture of how how much you could save. To help you live Live Brighter, our “Energy Efficiency ‘Round the Home” series will showcase ways you can lower your home energy usage and possible reduce your monthly energy bill. READ MORE

Help Your Grandparents Create a Smart Home This Grandparent’s Day

Help Your Grandparents Create a Smart Home This Grandparent’s Day

Hey there, Grandma and Grandpa!

As we approached Grandparents’ Day, I worried about what to get you this year. A few years ago, I made the mistake of buying you each a smartphone, which now you mainly use to comment on all my Facebook pictures and send selfies. **Cue Loving Eyeroll** But as I continued to research gift ideas, I began to understand just how helpful those smartphones really are. READ MORE

New-School Technology Makes for the Best Housewarming Gifts

New-School Technology Makes for the Best Housewarming Gifts

Being the coolest friend is something we all aspire to be, and moving is certainly a key time to shine. On one hand, you could be the friend who volunteers for that 16-hour grueling moving day marathon, earning you some beer, pizza, and your place in the “Big Book of Best Friends Ever.” On the other hand, you can save yourself the aches and pains by getting your pals a great new housewarming gift – which in my opinion (and experience) is the far easier way to go. But to put yourself in the absolute upper echelon of friends, look no further than these four cool pieces of helpful home tech for housewarming gifts! READ MORE

Industry Updates: The Direct Energy Buzz for May 2015

Direct Energy Buzz for May 2015

As we move into June and baseball season heats up, we take a look at various industry updates, including the smart home things Apple will pitch at this year’s World Wide Developer’s conference, along with whether or not Tesla Motors’ “Powerwall” and Spanish start-up Vortex Bladeless, are pop-ups or home runs. READ MORE