Increase your home’s energy efficiency by addressing these areas

Your home is your castle, but if that castle is drafty and inefficient, your energy usage could be much more than you thought — not to mention the extra money you are wasting trying to heat and cool your living space.

Increasing the energy efficiency of your home, so that it is not consuming more gas or electricity than it needs to, can also help reduce negative impacts on the environment.

“Almost every home (unless it is newer and built to be high-performance) could be more efficient and benefit from an energy audit and energy-efficient upgrades,” said Elizabeth Sanfelippo, energy consultant, HERS Rater, LEED Green Associate, BPI Certified Infiltration and Duct Leakage Professional, and vice president of Operations for Eco Three. Read More


North Carolina agrihood seeks to redefine community living

Rick Bagel, managing partner of Wetrock Resources, LLC, holds the plans to Wetrock Farm.

In the small, rural community of Bahama just north of Durham, N.C., a freshly paved road winds through the middle of two pastoral fields filled with wildflowers, past a burgeoning orchard, and into the middle of a clearing surrounded by a lush green forest. This road is the beginning of a first for the area — an agrihood.

What was once a working farm and then a hunting club, the land is being transformed once more to create a sustainable community where local food is at the center. This is where the agrihood, Wetrock Farm, is growing from the ground up. Read More