Time to call your state legislators

Amy Musser
There is a lot going on this year in the NC legislature that will impact the energy efficiency, renewable energy, and green building industries, and much of it is not good. If you hate politics as much as I do, you may not be fully on top of all this,...

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Refrigerators have become confusing

Amy Musser
Recently, I've gotten a lot of emails and calls from my builder clients about refrigerators.  It seems their energy consumption has gotten confusing, particularly if you're trying to buy an energy star model.  There are two reasons for this:  (1) the standard test for how much energy they use has...

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Greenbuilt North Carolina: what you need to know

Amy Musser
There are a lot of new home certification programs out there.  What makes Greenbuilt NC unique, and why should you consider joining the program? First, third-party certification is something that homeowners and builders should definitely do.  A home is the largest expense most people will ever have.  Involving a trained...

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To grass or not?

Amy Musser
It's conventional wisdom that grass lawns are not green or sustainable. When we built our net-zero house, my husband and I wanted to make very sustainable choices whenever we could. But like a lot of people, we knew that our budget would require our landscape to “evolve” during the first...

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Succeed with Sunsense

Amy Musser
Thinking about installing solar PV in Western NC? You’ll need to learn about the locally available utility buy-back agreements and decide which one is right for you. We’re fortunate in the Asheville area to have the Duke Energy Progress Sunsense program. It’s a great program in many ways, but it’s...

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