The Front Porch Blog, with Updates from AppalachiaThe Front Porch Blog, with Updates from Appalachia



Home Energy Makeover Contest winner announced

Thursday, July 5th, 2018 | Posted by Katie Kienbaum | 1 Comment

When Amy found her small cabin, it felt like home instantly. There was just one problem — in the winter it was bitterly cold despite all of her expensive efforts to heat it. [ More ]


Beyond power: Electric cooperatives can provide more than just electricity to meet rural needs

Friday, May 11th, 2018 | Posted by Katie Kienbaum | No Comments

Rural electric cooperatives' legacy of rural economic development uniquely positions them to go beyond energy and find innovative solutions to challenges facing rural communities. [ More ]


N.C. “Home Energy Makeover Contest” Redux

Friday, March 9th, 2018 | Posted by Katie Kienbaum | No Comments

We're launching our second High Country Home Energy Makeover Contest for residential members of Blue Ridge Energy (BRE) in North Carolina, with a grand-prize of $2,500 in home improvements. [ More ]


Serving residents by saving energy

Thursday, February 2nd, 2017 | Posted by Katie Kienbaum | No Comments

Students at Appalachian State University in Boone, N.C. spent a recent Saturday volunteering with Appalachian Voices and others to give two local homes an energy efficiency boost. The work was part of the school's 18th annual MLK Challenge. “They caught energy leaks I knew nothing about," said Faith Wright of Vilas, N.C., who was grateful for the volunteer energy of what she called the "student worker bees." [ More ]


Rural electric co-ops invest in community solar

Tuesday, January 3rd, 2017 | Posted by Katie Kienbaum | No Comments

Community solar is a cooperative alternative to installing solar panels on an individual residence. Several rural electric cooperatives in Appalachia are now providing this option for their members who want to use renewable energy. [ More ]


Lighting up the night with the Daylight Savings Challenge

Wednesday, December 14th, 2016 | Posted by Katie Kienbaum | No Comments

To make this winter a little easier for folks in Boone, N.C. facing high energy bills, Appalachian Voices devised the Daylight Savings Challenge. Five student volunteers helped us distribute energy efficient LED light bulbs to seniors. All together, the project should save the residents at least $280 a year. That translates to about 1.75 tons of coal that won’t get burned and more than four tons of carbon dioxide pollution that won’t contribute to climate change [ More ]


Boone community comes together to tackle energy waste

Thursday, October 20th, 2016 | Posted by Katie Kienbaum | No Comments

At the first-ever Boone Energy Stakeholder Meeting, Appalachian Voices and other stakeholders took an important first step toward identifying solutions that could help tackle the problem of energy waste for the Town of Boone. [ More ]


Join our “Daylight Savings Challenge”

Thursday, October 6th, 2016 | Posted by Katie Kienbaum | No Comments

The autumn Daylight Savings Time often brings higher energy bills to Appalachian mountain communities. To help folks with their winter energy bills, the Appalachian Voices Energy Savings team has come up with the “Daylight Savings Challenge.” This fall, 100 Appalachian State University students will replace 160 old light bulbs with energy-efficient LED bulbs for Boone-area residents by the November 6, helping residents save money and energy. [ More ]