Archive for the Dear Ms. Green Category

Should you replace your windows?

Dear Ms. Green, I just bought an older home and its energy bills seem high. I’m thinking of getting new windows to help with the bills. What can you tell me about replacement windows? —Cold in Carrboro   Dear Cold, Here’s what Ms. Green thinks about replacement windows: contrary to what the window replacement industry […]

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CFLs? LEDs? What’s the deal?

Dear Ms. Green, Seems like just last week that I replaced all my regular old lightbulbs with CFLs, and now come to find out that I need to replace the CFLs with LEDs to really save energy and money (and the planet). What gives? Do I really need to fork up the cash for even […]

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Energy Efficiency Incentives 2012 for central NC

Dear Ms. Green, Are there any tax incentives or rebates this year for increasing my home’s energy efficiency? What about financing? I really want 2012 to be the year I get an energy audit and follow up with weatherization, but I want to take advantage of whatever deals are out there. Chilly in Chapel Hill […]

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Looking for a LOCAL (Chatham County, NC) source to learn about green building? Look no further than CCCC.

Dear Ms. Green, My family is going to be looking for a new house soon, and we’d love it to be as green as possible. Is there a place where we can learn about solar hot water, PV, green building, geothermal, and creating a nice, tight house like you’re always talking about? –Searching in Silk […]

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Most energy-efficient game system: does it exist?

Dear Ms. Green, What is the most energy efficient game system I can buy for my kids? Crazed Mother in Carrboro Dear Crazed Mother, Ms. Green will try to keep herself from stating the obvious, that the most energy efficient game system is one that uses a board and dice and possibly pretend money, but […]

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Bonus room uncomfortable! What to do?

Dear Ms. Green, In the summer our bonus room, which I use for my home office, is much warmer than the rest of the house. In the winter it’s always much colder. I’m thinking I need to get the HVAC ductwork re-routed. My father-in-law says I need a bigger heat pump. Which one of us […]

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Mr. Energy becomes Ms. Green

Dear Ms. Green, Are you the person formerly known as Mr. Energy? If so, what happened? Did you have a sex change operation? Open-minded in Oxford Dear Open-minded, Bless your heart! You are too funny. No, Mr. Energy did not have a sex change operation, but yes, Ms. Green is the same person formerly known […]

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