Green Living

How Can I Achieve LEED Certification for My Home or Small Business?

How Can I Achieve LEED Certification for My Home or Small Business? | Direct Energy Blog

Working or living in a LEED certified building means more than just lower energy bills. It’s a badge of distinction that shows your commitment to sustainability and green building practices that preserve and protect the earth’s environment. Developed by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), LEED certification is an achievement in green building that’s recognized around the world. READ MORE

Go Green and Root for Your Team in These 4 Eco-Friendly Sports Stadiums

Go Green and Root for Your Team in These 4 Eco-Friendly Sports Stadiums

When it comes to green living and being environmentally conscious, your average sporting arena falls at the very bottom of that list. Stadiums and athletic centers tend to be large, open venues with enormous energy demands for lighting, climate control, multimedia needs, and more. These buildings typically epitomize the antithesis of being earth-friendly, but if you look a little deeper, green is trending even in the world of athletic center construction. READ MORE

What Should I Know About Solar Panel Installation? 5 Big Questions

The Technology Buzz -June, 2017 | Direct Energy Blog

While many homeowners like the idea of making their own electricity, there’s a lot more to solar panel installation than just bolting photovoltaic panels onto your roof. In fact, solar panels only account for 25-30 percent of the total cost of going solar. It’s actually a complicated process requiring planning, technical know-how, and expensive electrical equipement to create a whole system that’s compliant with stand electrical code and is safely and reliable. READ MORE

Why Renewable Energy Matters – A Primer

Why Renewable Energy Matters

What exactly is renewable energy? A common definition is “Energy that comes from renewable resources which are naturally replenished on a human timescale.” This typically includes biomass, hydro, geothermal, solar, wind, ocean thermal, wave action, and tidal action. But in a global society that runs 24/7/365, renewable energy is still considered too intermittent, unreliable, and expensive. READ MORE