From the category archives:

Energy Efficiency

Tweet The calendar says it’s the first day of autumn, but it sure doesn’t feel like it. Stifling heat has stubbornly plagued our Carolina Sandhills area all summer.  And if the forecast for highs in the 90′s continues, this week will mark 100 days of 90-degree plus weather in 2010. Now That’s what I call […]

Tweet Your Turn: I’m interested in using a solar tube to light a half bathroom. It sounds like a smart way to capture free sunlight. We are building a one-story addition onto the north side of the house where there’s no sunshine in any season. Is it still possible to get enough natural daylight? I […]

Tweet Super news for anybody that’s replacing older, inefficient appliances with Energy Star® qualified appliances in 2010. Compliments of your government, just another reason you can feel good about saving green by going green. Here’s a quick summary of what’s happening in the southeast. For other states or more information go to this site: Rebates, […]

Tweet Your turn: We love our house but hate the electric bills.  I always thought that foam insulation on the attic roof inside would help but others disagree. We have a gigantic roof with lots of space and lots of hot air. Would this help and what could we expect to pay?  We would like […]

Tweet Want to know how best to set a programmable thermostat…or… Maybe you already have one but never felt confident with fiddling with it? Here’s a great FREE tool that’s fun and fast. Simply follow the arrows and prompts displayed to the right side of the displayed thermostat. Go ahead and try it……(you know you […]

Tweet Here’s What They Said: Renovation Project Makes Old House Environmentally Friendly Click thru Photos 8 to 15 Many Thanks to our Green Partnership Sponsors and Companies for such great efforts on our 2010 Green Remodel Idea House: General  Contractor:       Showcase Construction Plumbing fixtures:           Moen – shower room Plumbing fixtures:           Kohler – […]

Tweet I love this wonderful free kitchen tool – It’s a refrigerator age calculator. You’d be startled to learn just how much electricity your refrigerator is gobbling up every day. Department of Energy says besides air conditioners, your refrigerator or freezer is the second biggest user of electricity at home (about 13.7%) . I bet […]

Tweet It’s not always fun to haul the recycling down from my daughter’s third floor apartment but in Germany I’m told, nothing goes to waste. She actually has a charming view across her balcony to the farm next door. I’ve enjoyed watching the neighbors walk their dogs and ride their bicycles (despite the February chill) […]

Tweet My daughter just changed jobs but her old office used to be a Nazi-era barracks. They’re scattered in towns across Germany. Seventy years later, the hulking red-tiled hip-roof buildings still stand in proper formation around an emerald parade field. I got to thinking about the rows of oversized windows set deep into the tan stucco walls and how even […]

Tweet Today’s weather – Mostly sunny, a thunderstorm in spots this afternoon – High 97.  Really with the combined solar and humidity factors it feels like 105 o F.  Yesterday it felt like 102o F. These are the true dog days of summer.  (Queue rattling cicada’s in the background.)  Even the hardiest Southerners can’t help […]