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, 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 fueled by an [...]

Sustainability starts with preservation

This guest post was written by Sean Stucker, Director of Facilities for the Historic Columbia Foundation. The piece originally appeared in the Columbia Star newspaper on August 1. In 2013, SACE completed an extensive renovation of our historic home office in Asheville, N.C. to maximize the efficiency of the space and blogged about it here. Now more [...]

Improving the health and efficiency of our Asheville office

This is the third post in a three-part series detailing energy efficiency upgrades to SACE’s new Asheville office. Read the rest of the series here or watch this video for a virtual tour! While upgrading our new Asheville office, we took additional steps beyond air sealing and insulation measures to improve our building’s environmental impact and durability with [...]

Part 2: Air Sealing and Insulation Improvements to SACE’s Asheville Office

This is the second post in a three-part series detailing energy efficiency upgrades to SACE’s new Asheville office. Read the rest of the series here or watch this video for a virtual tour! The audit at our new building revealed plenty of opportunities to save energy at our new Asheville office. The final two posts in this series detail how [...]

Making our new Asheville office more energy efficient

This is the first post in a three-part series detailing energy efficiency upgrades to SACE’s new Asheville office. Read the rest of the series here or watch this video for a virtual tour! Since SACE opened our Asheville office in 2003 we have rented office space downtown; first at 29 North Market Street and then in the [...]