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Moisture Drainage Management

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Moisture from rainfall can be a serious problem for many homes and buildings, particularly if it builds up behind the exterior cladding. Homes and buildings built in areas with high levels of rainfall each year – 20- to 60+ inches – can benefit from having a moisture drainage system installed....

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Forest Fires and Air Quality in WNC

Amy Musser
This is going to be a quick one, because it's the middle of my workday and yours.  We've got forest fires burning in WNC and no rain in the forecast.  We can smell it outside in Asheville and they're issuing air quality alerts.  What can you do about it?  What...

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New Energy Code Training Materials Available

Amy Musser
The North Carolina Energy Efficiency Alliance has recently completed a study to identify commonly missed requirements of the North Carolina energy code, and they have followed that up with some training materials to help builders improve their homes.  The training materials are available online at the NCEEA web site.  What...

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Solar surplus- A conundrum

Boone Guyton
We have now had a battery back up and enlarged solar system for about 6 months and have driven our electric LEAF for about 5,000 miles over that time.   We also bought and EGO self propelled electric lawn mower that I should be using right now. I talked about that...

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Passive Solar Cooling

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Passive solar design usually describes heating strategies for colder winter months. By concentrating windows on the south sides of a home, the sun provides free heating. Our passive solar design post explores the most important details for getting free heat from the sun with a home's design. Passive solar cooling blocks...

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I have an Ego.

Boone Guyton
   And I got it at Home Depot.  I decided on the Ego because I have excess solar generated electricity from my roof top solar system. We net meter and have some batteries that allow us to power our house and our electric car, a Nissan Leaf  as mentioned in...

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BK’s Compost Water Heater

Brian Knight
Heating water is expensive and comes with many hidden environmental and societal costs. For growers, gardeners and residents passionate about their landscape, compost water heating measurably decreases these costs and substantially increases quantities of composted organic matter for a universe of soil fertility benefits. This is an illustration of my domestic compost water...

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CONSERVATION PROTECTS LAND, WATER, WILDLIFE

Ken Czarnomski
The Plott Balsams WESTERN NORTH CAROLINA Nantahala National Forest Since 2013, I have been illustrating maps in Haywood County pro-bono with HCTDA (Haywood County Tourist Development Authority) and Buy Haywood, an organization supporting locally home grown products. The goal is to develop a more sustainable community; whose ecological, economic and sociological...

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No excuses things you can do for the environment

Amy Musser
I'm often asked to give talks about what people can do to help the environment.  And afterward, I often get feedback about why people can't do things:  they don't have south facing roof for solar, they don't have money for a big home efficiency renovation, they're renting so they can't...

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