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Drying Clothes Affordably

By Hannah McKenzie | June 13, 2015

Q: What should I consider when replacing my clothes dryer? Is an ENERGY STAR® certified clothes dryer an affordable and useful option? A: ENERGY STAR dryers are an excellent option! Dryers started earning ENERGY STAR certification this January. To date,[…]

Washing Clothes Affordably

By Hannah McKenzie | May 13, 2015

Q: My washing machine is finally starting to wear out. I’m assuming that an ENERGY STAR® washing machine is a good bet but there are still so many choices! How do I choose? A: Choosing one clothes washer amidst the[…]

Changing Minds to Change Light Bulbs

By Hannah McKenzie | 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 Hannah McKenzie | 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 Hannah McKenzie | 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 Hannah McKenzie | 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 Hannah McKenzie | 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[…]