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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The $100 challenge

Amy Musser
If you knew that you could save a meaningful amount of energy for less than $100, would you do it?  So often we think that energy efficiency has to be all or nothing – until we can save up to build that net-zero or off-grid house we’re stuck in our...

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Wintertime humidity in homes

Amy Musser
No, you may not take a break from thinking about humidity just because it's wintertime.  The first few cold days always kicks off the season when I get calls from people experiencing window condensation.  This week, I'll share with the blog community some of the insights that I usually end...

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Amy’s Energy Efficiency Gift Buying Guide

Amy Musser
Between Thanksgivukkah and the unusually short three-week (shudder) shopping season between Thanksgiving and Christmas, you may just now be realizing that you have some serious work to do.  The energy efficiency industry has some great products that will fit your budget and delight the data geek in your life. Gift-giving...

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Trendwatch: Edison light bulbs

Amy Musser
One of the fun parts of rating new homes for programs like Energy Star and Greenbuilt North Carolina is that we get to see a lot of new homes.  Whenever there are new trends in residential design, we know about it.  And every once in a while, there’s a trend...

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A breath of fresh air

Amy Musser
Your green certification program (Energy Star, Greenbuilt NC, LEED Homes) requires a whole house ventilation system.  What does that mean?  What are your choices, and which one is best for you? There are three common strategies for whole house ventilation - I'll offer a short description of each below and...

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What to do when your bath fan fails

Amy Musser
Bath fans are an incredibly important part of a high-performance home.  Unfortunately they are also a frequently failed item when we perform final testing for programs like Energy Star and GreenBuilt NC.  This week’s blog focuses on how builders can be successful with bath fans. Why are bath fans are...

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