Energy Report

Conservation and wise energy use starts at home. Read about innovative Appalachians who are greening their nests, one step at a time.

Extending the Growing Season

February 10, 2017 Appalachian farmers and gardeners are using season extension techniques such as high tunnels to expand growing opportunities.

Electric Cooperatives Initiate Community Solar Projects

December 14, 2016 Electric cooperatives in Virginia and Tennessee have launched community solar projects to help members save money while reducing carbon emissions.

Home Projects to Save Energy and Money

October 7, 2016 Appalachian Voices recently produced several short instructional videos about home projects that can lower your energy bill as well as help you protect the environment by consuming less energy.

Vermicompost: Let earthworms green your kitchen

August 11, 2016 Vermicomposting relies on earthworms to turn kitchen scraps into a rich soil amendment more quickly and with less odor than conventional composting methods.

Accelerating Appalachia's Energy Savings

June 14, 2016 Appalachian Voices' Energy Savings for Appalachia initiative is working with regional electric cooperatives to provide energy efficiency options for their members.

Power of Cooperation: Co-ops put solar on rooftops

April 19, 2016 By banding together in solar cooperatives, residents are negotiating better prices for home solar installations, supporting each other through the process, and becoming more empowered solar advocates.

Plugging-in Off the Grid

February 17, 2016 The Oak Ridge National Laboratory has designed a 3D-printed single-room building and a 3D-printed vehicle that can wirelessly share energy with each other.

Knoxville Homes Get an Energy Makeover

December 9, 2015 The Knoxville Extreme Energy Makeover project is working to weatherize 1,278 homes by September 2017. They aim to reduce energy spending by at least 25 percent for each home weatherized.

Vaughn’s Diesel

October 15, 2015 A Tennessee man has built his own biodiesel fuel processor and now uses cooking oil to run his farm equipment and truck.

Communities Find Solutions to Stormwater

August 6, 2015 To help reduce polluted stormwater from overwhelming nearby waterways, Appalachian cities, towns and universities are deploying green infrastructure and other creative methods.

Increasing Homeowner Access to Energy Savings

June 15, 2015 Financing programs are helping homeowners invest in upgrades that make residences more comfortable while lowering electric bills and reducing a home's carbon footprint.

South Fork Sharestead

April 13, 2015 In six years, Jonathan Towers has transformed his average American home into an energy-efficient, food-abundant powerhouse. By retrofitting the house to be energy efficient and maintaining a strong commitment to energy conservation, their utility bill has dropped 75 percent.

Smoke in the Hills: Wood Stoves in Appalachia

February 18, 2015 Some cherish wood heat as a renewable, inexpensive energy source that offsets fossil fuel use, but wood stoves have been under fire in recent years for smoke pollution. Despite their smoky reputation, wood stoves can be an efficient, low-impact heating source when operated and maintained correctly.

Families Win Energy Savings

February 18, 2015 A plastic tube winds through the Dunlaps' front room to a door covered in red plastic sheeting. It's the first step in a process to make this drafty home warmer and more efficient through smart investments in air-sealing and insulation.

Crowdfunding Solar in West Virginia

December 19, 2014 In a state known for coal, solar energy emerges through a grassroots "barn-raising." This innovative program relies on energy efficiency and a collaborative spirit to harness the sun's power for community nonprofits.