July 9, 2016

USDA program to help homeowners

Energy efficiency in the U.S. will now get a boost thanks to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The new rural energy program will allow electric cooperatives to tap into $52 million to help their members with energy efficiency improvements. The USDA and the Department of Energy will host a webinar on July 12 to discuss the details. [ Register for the webinar ]

Appalachian Energy Summit

The 2016 Appalachian Energy Summit is the 5th annual energy leadership gathering of the University of North Carolina’s 17 campuses and many colleges and universities from across the country. Held on the campus of Appalachian State University in Boone, N.C., this event brings together academics and industry professionals to discuss current energy issues. The keynote speaker presentation on the evening of July 18 from 350.org founder and author Bill McKibben will be open to the public. [ Learn more ]

Screening of Catching the Sun in Asheville, N.C.

On July 18 from 6 to 9 p.m., the block off Biltmore in downtown Asheville will host a screening of Catching The Sun, a documentary film about the growing green energy industry. Follow the transition through the eyes of solar workers and entrepreneurs in both America and China. A discussion will follow the film about North Carolina's solar energy successes and obstacles. [ RSVP to let us know you're attending! ]

Not in the Asheville, NC area, but interested in having a community screening and discussion of Catching the Sun near you? Contact Amber Moodie-Dyer at amber@appvoices.org or 828-262-1500.

Tips and Resources

Monthly Energy Efficiency Tip: 
Keep moisture outside
moisture damage

Home moisture levels are an issue for both human and home health, as high levels of moisture can lead to mold growth, decay and degradation. Excess moisture can also reduce the R factor of your insulation which affects your comfort and energy usage.

Moisture enters and accumulates in the home in one of several ways: improper ventilation of activities such as bathing or dishwashing, infiltration into cracks and openings from water vapor via air currents, or from transfer through permeable surfaces like concrete floors and foundations. The largest factor of moisture in unconditioned spaces and cavities (over 98%) is infiltration.

Proper air sealing is one of the most effective ways to mitigate moisture buildup and mold growth. It can also improve your home’s comfort and efficiency. [ Learn how to control moisture in your home ]

Do you have an energy tip to share? Please email amber@appvoices.org to submit your tip!


  1. Forward this email to 5 friends
  2. Take Action: Sign a letter to your cooperative supporting energy efficiency
  3. Live in western N.C.? Host a free workshop at your church or local community group -- contact ridge@appvoices.org to set one up!
  4. Send a letter to your local newspapers expressing your support for home energy efficiency. Contact amber@appvoices.org to get some tips.
  5. Have you already made significant energy efficiency improvements? Share your story to help others see how they can experience the same benefits. Contact amber@appvoices.org to learn how.

A product of Appalachian Voices || Sign up for our Monthly Energy Savings Updates || Privacy Policy