Declaring energy independence

This 4th of July, celebrate the anniversary of our country’s independence with more than a cookout and sparklers. This Independence Day weekend, declare your independence from our fossil fuel past and take some small personal steps towards realizing a clean energy household! Years ago, just before another Independence Day weekend, my Irish husband returned from [...]

Understanding Historic Windows: Value and Efficiency

This guest post was written by Sean Stucker, Director of Facilities for Historic Columbia Foundation in Columbia, S.C., and originally published here in the Columbia Star Newspaper on March 6, 2015.  Especially this time of year, as thermometers everywhere register remarkably low temperatures, owners of historic buildings might begin to wonder if they should just [...]

TVA Announces New Energy Efficiency Program for Homeowners

Yesterday, TVA announced the unveiling of its new energy efficiency program, eScore. The new program provides homeowners with expert recommendations and instant rebates through installations to make their home as energy efficient as possible. The recommendations and instant rebates are grouped within 10 categories, targeting the major energy consumption in most homes. (The rebates available [...]

A Primer For Greening Your Space

This post was co-written by Michele Wright, a San Diego based freelance copywriter and brand representative who works with multiple clients and marketing companies. She’s been freelance writing for 3 years and has written articles on a variety of business, marketing and finance topics.  When you’re building a home or office from scratch, making green [...]

Buttoning Up Your Home Before Winter’s Worst

This post was co-written by Michele Wright, a San Diego based freelance copywriter and brand representative who works with multiple clients and marketing companies. She’s been freelance writing for 3 years and has written articles on a variety of business, marketing and finance topics.  Now is the time. In fact, in many parts of the [...]

Efficient LED Lighting: Three Years Later, Even Better

Three years ago, I shared my family’s experience with buying efficient LED lighting. Over the past several years, a U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) report suggests that LED lighting has roughly tripled its market share. And based on my unscientific observation of shelf space at local hardware stores, LED lighting is capturing a lot of [...]

A Baker’s Dozen of Ways to Celebrate Energy Awareness Month

While there’s no Friday the 13th this October, you can pick any – or all – of the items on these 13-point checklists during Energy Awareness Month to save energy (and money) at home, at work and on the road. Work your way through these lists and you’ll avoid some scary energy bills this winter [...]

Koch Empire Attacks Energy Efficiency

Right-wing organizations, many of which are connected to Charles and David Koch, have now turned to attacking the cheapest, most modular, reliable, and zero-carbon resource – energy efficiency. One would think that conservation is conservative, but they would have us think again. The Koch Empire, with its vested interest in fossil fuels and the energy [...]

Visit SACE on the National Solar Tour!

This weekend – on October 4-5 – the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy (SACE) will participate in the 19th annual National Solar Tour. The event is organized by the American Solar Energy Society (ASES) and has occurred annually the first weekend of October since 1995. It is a grassroots effort that has grown to about 150,000 [...]

Energy Advice for Historic Homes

This guest post was written by Sean Stucker, Director of Facilities for Historic Columbia Foundation in Columbia, S.C., and originally published in the Columbia Star Newspaper on September 12, 2014. If you are a lover of old homes, then buying a historic house would be your natural choice. However, in the wake of a recession [...]