Innovative Appalachians constructing a clean-energy world, one home at a time
Appalachian Voices' Energy Savings for Appalachia initiative is working with regional electric cooperatives to provide energy efficiency options for their members.
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.
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.
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.
A Tennessee man has built his own biodiesel fuel processor and now uses cooking oil to run his farm equipment and truck.
To help reduce polluted stormwater from overwhelming nearby waterways, Appalachian cities, towns and universities are deploying green infrastructure and other creative methods.
Financing programs are helping homeowners invest in upgrades that make residences more comfortable while lowering electric bills and reducing a home's carbon footprint.
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.
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.
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.
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.
By Eliza Laubach As falling leaves signal approaching winter winds, autumn is an ideal time to “bundle up” your home. Over time, building materials shift, which forces heating and cooling systems to work harder. And since many houses were built…
Appalachian State University, partnered with a French university, will be the sole representative of Appalachia’s green ingenuity in the third European Solar Decathlon Appalachian State University’s net-zero energy home, shown above under construction in Boone, N.C., will compete in the event.