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We can help you with NCEEC code compliance – duct testing and blower door testing is our specialty!

Dear HVAC contractor, builder, or General Contractor: As you know, as of March 1, 2012, any new home permitted in the state of North Carolina must comply with the 2012 NCECC (North Carolina Energy Conservation Code), including mandatory duct testing and an optional blower door test to satisfy the air sealing and duct sealing requirements […]

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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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Why get a home energy audit?

A couple of months ago the Piedmont Environment Alliance asked me to do a little article for their newsletter, the PeaPod, about energy audits. So I did! Here it is: When Piedmont Environmental Alliance asked me to write an article explaining why its members should get a home energy audit I had a simple answer […]

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Is sustainability a bad word?

Howdy folks – The following “Mr. Energy” column was written in response to some recent actions by our newly elected county commissioners. Apparently one of them has a bee in his bonnet about the word sustainability – he doesn’t like it. I’m really unclear WHY he thinks sustainability is a bad word, as I explain below, […]

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Dear Mr. Energy: tax credits and rebates for 2011

Dear Mr. Energy, Are there any new tax credits or rebates for energy audits or weatherization for 2011? I really want to work on making my house more energy efficient this year but I want to make the most of my money. —Budget conscious in Bonlee Dear Budget, The answer is yes! And no. Yes, […]

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Come on out and see us! You’re cordially invited to the 10-10-10 Energy and Community Resilience Fair

On 10-10-10 we’ll be at the Carrboro Town Commons, showing off our blower door, duct blaster, and various other energy audit accountrements, and ready to answer all your questions about energy efficiency, retrofits, tax credits, rebates, and weatherization. Transition Carrboro-Chapel Hill is hosting a Energy and Community Resilience Fair. It’s free, is running from 1-5, […]

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Energy audits aren’t just for the wealthy…

I’ve heard people say that energy audits are an “extra” they can’t afford. I’ve heard others say that audits are just for people who want to be PC and super-green, but for the rest of us they’re not worth the money. I’ve heard others say they’d rather turn their a/c up or their heat down […]

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Energy Audits for Historic Homes: the VIDEO!

A couple of months ago we audited a historic home inside the beltline in Raleigh in conjunction with Preservation NC to create a video showing the benefit of an energy audit and weatherization for historic properties. When asked to do the audit, we jumped at the chance because this is truly our passion: making older […]

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Making an old house more energy efficient


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Some sweet deals: tax credits, rebates, and low-interest loans for energy-efficiency!

If you live in central North Carolina, you should be aware of several rebates, tax credits, and other incentives for becoming more energy efficient in your home. Here are but a few current (as of July 6, 2009) benefits for increased energy-awareness for homeowners. This list is by no means exhaustive, and I welcome more information […]

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