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Changing Minds to Change Light Bulbs

By Kristi Brodd | April 13, 2015

Q: I am eager for my parents to use less energy in our home. I think it will be an easy way for my family to make an impact on climate change. My parents are uninterested; is there a way[…]

Windows: Preserving Character, Comfort & Costs

By Kristi Brodd | March 13, 2015

Q: I’ve been considering replacing the windows in my home. I have heard conflicting information about whether it is wise to replace windows, repair windows or install storm windows. How should I navigate the options? A: Windows can be a[…]

Finding an Energy Efficient Rental

By Kristi Brodd | February 13, 2015

Q: I am living in a rental home with very high utility bills and plan to move soon. What can I do to make sure my next rental has more affordable bills? A: This winter in North Carolina has given[…]

The Value of ENERGY STAR® Homes

By Kristi Brodd | January 13, 2015

Q: I am eager to downsize and purchase a smaller home. My children have moved out and I plan to retire soon. I’ve encountered a few ENERGY STAR® homes and am curious about the benefits or drawbacks of living in[…]

Save Money with Space Heaters

By Kristi Brodd | December 17, 2014

Q: Like a lot of families, our budget is extremely tight this year. My wife lost her job, and we’re really struggling to get by each month. Winter will be here soon, so we’ve been thinking about ways to lower[…]

Making Energy Affordable in Manufactured Homes

By Kristi Brodd | December 3, 2014

Q: I live in a mobile home with extremely high utility bills. What can I do to lower my bills? A: It is overwhelming to have astronomical utility bills for a modest home. Mobile homes—now called manufactured homes—became popular in[…]

Baby, It’s Cold Inside

By Kristi Brodd | November 13, 2014

Q: I have a baby on the way and am concerned about her room staying adequately warm. Even with our HVAC system thermostat set to 70 degrees, her bedroom is often 60 degrees on cold days. I used an electric[…]

Piecing Together a Closed Crawl Space

By Kristi Brodd | October 22, 2014

Q: I’d like to close my crawl space but I’m not sure where to begin. A company that does pest control and crawl space work, gave me a quote that includes closing the vents, laying plastic over the soil and[…]

Pondering Crawlspace Vents

By Kristi Brodd | September 29, 2014

Q: I would like to replace the raggedy crawlspace vents under my home. What kind of replacement vents are the best? A: Crawl space vents are those 8-inch-tall, 16-inch-wide holes scattered around the perimeter of most foundation walls. They are[…]

Cleaning Ducts for Health and Savings

By Kristi Brodd | September 26, 2014

Q: Will cleaning the inside of my heating and air conditioning ducts improve the air in my house and save energy? A: Research showing energy savings from duct cleaning is lacking. There is some research suggesting that cleaning the blower[…]