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TABLE OF CONTENTS

Volume 38, No. 5, May 2006

NEW & IMPROVED Read monthly in more than 550,000 homes

HOME ENERGY Yes, energy prices are rising.

Published by North Carolina Association of Electric Cooperatives, Inc. (800) 662-8835 www.carolinacountry.com Editor Michael E.C. Gery, (800/662-8835 ext. 3062) Senior Associate Editor Renee C. Gannon, CCC (800/662-8835 ext. 3209)

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Contributing Editor Karen Olson House, (800/662-8835 ext. 3036) Editorial Intern Jennifer Taylor Creative Director Tara Verna, (800/662-8835 ext. 3134) Senior Graphic Designer Warren Kessler, (800/662-8835 ext. 3090) Contributing Graphic Designer Dan Kurtz Business Coordinator Jenny Lloyd, (800/662-8835 ext. 3091) Advertising Manager Jennifer Boedart Hoey, (800/662-8835 ext. 3077) Executive Vice President & CEO Chuck Terrill Senior Vice President, Corporate Relations Nelle Hotchkiss North Carolina’s electric cooperatives provide reliable, safe and affordable electric service to 850,000 homes, farms and businesses in North Carolina. The 27 electric cooperatives are each member-owned, not-for-profit and overseen by a board of directors elected by the membership. All content © Carolina Country unless otherwise indicated. Member, Audit Bureau of Circulations Periodicals postage paid at Raleigh, N.C., and additional mailing offices. Editorial offices: 3400 Sumner Blvd., Raleigh, N.C. 27616. Carolina Country® is a registered trademark of the North Carolina Association of Electric Cooperatives, Inc. (ISSN 0008-6746) (USPS 832800) POSTMASTER: Send form 3579 to P.O. Box 27306, Raleigh, N.C. 27611. Subscriptions:Individual subscriptions, $10 per year. $20 outside U.S.A. Schools, libraries, $6. Members, less than $4. Address Change: To change address, send magazine mailing label to your electric cooperative. Carolina Country magazine is a member of the National Country Market family of publications, collectively reaching over 7 million households. Advertising published in Carolina Country is accepted on the premise that the merchandise and services offered are accurately described and willingly sold to customers at the advertised price. The magazine, North Carolina Association of Electric Cooperatives, Inc., and the member cooperatives do not necessarily endorse the products or services advertised. Advertising that does not conform to these standards or that is deceptive or misleading is never knowingly accepted. Should you encounter advertising that does not comply with these standards, please inform Carolina Country at P.O. Box 27306, Raleigh, NC 27611. (919) 875-3062. Carolina Country is available on cassette tape as a courtesy of volunteer services at the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources, Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped, Raleigh, N.C. (888) 388-2460.

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11 SOLAR ENERGY IN NORTH CAROLINA 12 HOME ENERGY FROM THE SUN 13 HOME ENERGY FROM THE EARTH 14 THE CONCRETE HOUSE 15 THE SOLAR ELECTRIC HOUSE 16 FOR MANUFACTURED HOMES 19 THE ENERGY-EFFICIENT HOUSE 20 NEW SKYLIGHTS 22 THE UGLIEST LAMP YOU EVER SAW

What can we do? First, let’s see where we can slow down our consumption. Then, let’s look at what’s here to help and what’s down the line. This month, we’ve collected some news about how to improve your home energy bottom line and the use of new energy sources. Touchstone Energy cooperatives are on your side.

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Your Stories and Pictures.

ON THE COVER Mackie Hagaman and her husband, Harvard Ayers, generate electricity from the sun at their Boone residence and sell some to their Touchstone Energy cooperative, Blue Ridge Electric. See page 15. (Photography by Frederica Georgia)

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departments First Person . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4

Joyner’s Corner . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 41

More Power to You. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8

Carolina Compass . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 43

Online . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32

Carolina Gardens . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 46

You’re From Carolina Country If . . . . . . . . . 34

Energy Cents . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 48

Carolina Country Store . . . . . . . . . . . . . 36, 39

Classified Ads. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 49

Marketplace . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 40, 42

Carolina Kitchen. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 50 Carolina Country MAY 2006 3

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From the sun From the earth From conservation Plus other home improvement ideas How to prepare your house and family for storms — pages 26 –...

2006-05-May  

From the sun From the earth From conservation Plus other home improvement ideas How to prepare your house and family for storms — pages 26 –...