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An energy efficiency quiz!

The 2012 Ms. Green Energy Quiz – Do you know your energy efficiency facts? Readers, Ms. Green feels like she’s always hammering you over the head with the same basic information about energy efficiency, and yet she is worried that while many of you nod your heads when reading her informed and charming responses to […]

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Feelin’ hot hot hot! Need new air conditioner? Need new windows? NOPE!

This little piggy is HOT! So hot! Is it because he needs a new air conditioner or heat pump? Is it because he needs new windows? Is it that he just needs to suck it up and suffer? Nope. Probably not. Piggy is HOT because he lives in a leaky, poorly insulated and poorly sealed […]

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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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Foam insulation? Blown-in cellulose? Fiberglass? Which is best? Which is greenest? Which should you use?

I just read a great q+a on the Green Home Guide about soy-based spray foam and whether it’s a good option for a heretofore uninsulated attic in a 1920s home.  If you are currently investigating insulation or weatherization be sure to read the whole thing, including the comments at the end. I think it’s a […]

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Dear Mr. Energy: I’m a renter. How can I convince my landlord to weatherize?

Dear Mr. Energy, You give a lot of advice for homeowners who want to save energy and money on utility bills, but as a renter, what can I tell my landlord? My bills are really, really high and I want to find a way to convince my landlord that energy efficiency improvements won’t only benefit […]

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Progress Energy rebates: Insulation!

Last week I posted about our new insulation truck and rig and I forgot to mention something VERY important: because we can do insulation ourselves and we’re approved contractors for Progress Energy, we can now get you the insulation rebate in addition to all the other rebates (duct testing, sealing, and attic sealing) we can […]

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Dear Mr. Energy: How can I be more green?

Dear Mr. Energy, Everyone talks about being more “green.” Green, green, green, green. It gets a little overwhelming sometimes. I try to buy organic food for my family and carpool when I can, but should I be doing things to my home (besides avoiding toxic cleaners and the like) to be more “green?” —Chartreuse in […]

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A truck! A shop! And insulation too!

This grand announcement is long overdue: Home Performance NC has an insulation rig! Woo hoo! Big excitement! Cellulose or fiberglass – take your pick! And housing the insulation rig is a box truck…and housing the extra insulation is a shop space in beautiful downtown Pittsboro – grand opening announcement for that will be coming soon! […]

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