~ September 2014 ~

Welcome to the monthly Energy Savings for Appalachia newsletter where you can find tips and news for achieving an energy efficient home. Challenge yourself to take control of your energy bill and start saving today! With some simple steps, you could save enough money to fund your next family vacation and substantially reduce your carbon footprint.

For a sustainable Appalachia,
Rory McIlmoil
Director of Energy Policy



Fall is fast approaching, but in the Southeast we’re still feeling the summer heat and now is a great time to take advantage of the sun! 

Even if you don't have rooftop solar panels on your home, there are plenty of other ways for you to harness the power of the sun. It may seem simple, but line-drying your laundry can save you a lot of money. Not only will your sheets feel crisp and smell great, but your clothes will last longer!

You can save even more money by washing your clothes with cold water (and make sure to always wash full loads). Unless you’ve got some seriously stinky laundry, washing your clothes on cold will get them just as clean and reduce your bills more than you might expect.

How much can these laundry tips save you? Scroll down to the “Get Involved” section to find out! 


Tennessee has big plans for this fall with news of an energy efficiency pilot program that would benefit families across the state. In June, the Tennessee Electric Cooperative Association and the Tennessee Dept. of Environment and Conservation were awarded a grant that will help them develop a loan program for residential energy efficiency improvements to benefit low-income electric cooperative members.

With help from a loan program, families who normally couldn't afford to improve the efficiency of their homes will now have the opportunity to make big changes that will save them money on their power bills. For low-income families, that means they won’t have to choose between heating their homes and other necessities like food or medicine.

A workshop bringing together experts, state agencies and numerous representatives of Tennessee electric cooperatives was held on Sept. 5, and Appalachian Voices was honored to sit at the table for the workshop. Stay tuned for more good news! 


Sept. 30, 2014 - 5:30-7:15 p.m. at the Agricultural Conference Center: Watauga County Energy Conservation Workshop, hosted by the the N.C. Cooperative Extension and Appalachian Voices.

Sept. 18, 23, and 29 are Energy Savings Canvassing Days! If you live in the Boone area and would like to volunteer to help us raise awareness in our local communities about the benefits of energy efficiency and resources to make it happen, please contact kara@appvoices.org.

Early October: We’ll be launching an exciting new energy efficiency petition drive and contest in the Blue Ridge Electric territory! Stay tuned for more information about the launch party: a free, family event that will include live music, games and food!



  1. Forward this email to 5 friends
  2. Sign a letter to your cooperative supporting energy efficiency
  3. Send a letter to the local press expressing your support for home energy savings -- contact kara@appvoices.org to get some tips.

Home Energy Tip Answer: The average family can save $96 a year by line drying clothes and another $60 a year by washing laundry in cold water. That amounts to over $150 a year!

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