Category Archives: carbon footprint

TBJ Poll on Nuclear Energy


Why a post on nuclear energy in a green home blog? Simple, nuclear power contributes to roughly 1/3 of the power generated by Progress Energy.   Progress Energy’s two New Brunswick plants are the same Mark I design.  Read the TBJ … Continue reading

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Updating NC building codes to save energy


citizen input needed to urge adoption of 30% Efficiency Today’s N&O article, “Efficient Homes, Bane or Boon?” questions whether incorporating energy efficiency into new homes is cost effective and warranted during these difficult economic times. Multiple studies show that homes … Continue reading

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5 ways to ‘go green’ on the cheap


Invest in home features with short payback period I seldom make borrowed content the meat of a post but today the 5 simple tips seem reasonable and align with my philosophy.  People ask me for my favorite tips. Or another … Continue reading

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Free Stainless Steel Upgrade a good deal?


Last minute reminder about the GE stainless steel upgrade offer ending July 7th.  What makes more sense, upgrading to stainless steel or finding an ENERGY STAR refrigerator? The GE offer includes select models of the Profile series of refrigerators, ranges, … Continue reading

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More Green Ideas for the Holidays


Wrap your gifts in old maps, wallpaper, or comics. Better yet, give children art paper, colored pens, crayons or markers and create artwork especially for giftwrap. Use up your fabric scraps as wrapping. Double the gift by wrapping it with … Continue reading

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Green Gifts – Energy Savings Devices


Solar Charger, Green Batteries & Smart Strips My favorite green gift this year is the solar charger for phone, ipods and MP3 players. Also smart power strips and green batteries  and smart strips…oh my!   I can’t choose they are all … Continue reading

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Energy Efficiency Assessments


US home uses about 21% of the country’s energy for warming, cooling and lighting. Most homes unless they are green built are NOT efficient and lose a significant percentage of the conditioned air due to leaks and improper or inadequate … Continue reading

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Garner 55+ community now building green!


Builders go green with ENERGY STAR The Village at Aversboro developed for the retiring boomers is already a hit. All the homes started this summer will be ENERGY STAR certified. The four builders are committing to more efficient homes.  It … Continue reading

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Wynnbrooke – green neighbhorhood North Raleigh $15,000 savings!!


Wynnbrooke which began a couple years back as a KB home now includes MI Homes. Both KB and MI are building ENERGY STAR homes in ranch and story story plans.   Wynbrooke was featured as the second Martha Stewart development following … Continue reading

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Going green in downtown Raleigh


Recycling homes, plug-in cars, green catering…oh my! Raleigh is going green. This month the Raleigh Downtowner highlights Raleigh’s green strides.    Building the Convention Center as LEED certified project was pivotal and sets the example as the City’s most sustainable building. … Continue reading

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