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One Simple Step Going green doesn’t mean a complete lifestyle change. It starts by finding the one thing you can do – right now – to make a difference By deborah douglas CTW FEATURES
or families who’ve fully embraced recycling and shopping for locally produced food at farmer’s markets, the call to be “green” is more than a notion. When you think about it, it’s really a charge to save the world. And in an age of earthquakes, tsunamis and economic downturns, well, saving world can start to feel like quite the burden. What can one person do to make a difference to cool off global warming? Can a person be greener without getting all crunchygranola about it? Well, according to people in the know, yes, it’s possible to up the ante on committing to live a greener more eco-
friendly life. The place to start is by changing your mind. For that, take an audit of your living space and work out from there, the experts say.The Web has loads of carbon-footprint calculators that help families determine how much carbon they’re producing based on the energy sources they use at home, the type of groceries they buy, how much they travel annually and other measurements that provide a complete carbon dossier. Carbon calculators like the one at the Nature Conservancy (www.nature.org) calculate how much energy individuals use, how they compare with people in their state and country, and offer meaningful ways to offset the impact of those behaviors. “A good place to start is at the opposite
end,” says Stephen Hren, co-author of “The Carbon-Free Home” (Chelsea Green, 20080) and blogger at www.thecarbonfreehome. com.“Buy one or two things locally or handmade to see how important the connection is when you know the person. When you see it is possible to make things and get things locally and it has this immediate reward, when you go to [the local big box chain store] you say ‘I’ve lost my personal connection with this item, and this is what I have lost in the process.’” So, yes, a little homework is involved, but after that, building in new behaviors and a firmer commitment is pretty easy. And these eco-gurus can testify that individuals don’t have to give up style to reduce their carbon footprint and overall impact on the environment. With few changes, average people really do have the power to save the planet. We asked: If you could do just one thing to leave a greener, more eco-friendly life, what would do you?
Do the Homework “The biggest thing you can do right now is to get an understanding of the big picture,” says Marianne Cusato, an award-winning architect known for her work on Katrina cottages, which make the most of alternative energy sources.“My advice for that is reading ‘The Smart Growth Manual’ (McGraw-Hill, 2009).” While the economy is slow and not much building is going on, Cusato encourages people to think about the impact of what they build and how they build it.They’ll be informed when buying a new home, renovating an old one or even contributing to local zoning rules on how cities should develop. Cusato urges everyone to be more civicminded. Attend a town meeting and see what city fathers (and mothers) are up to planningwise, Cusato urges. She favors more mixedused areas that make it easy to eschew cars and still have walkable access to shopping and services.
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“To me, it’s fascinating to think about the impact of how and what we build,” says Cusato, who chose to live in Coral Gables, Fla., because of its walkability. “A lot of issues we’re dealing with right now are because we built the wrong things. We’re spending all our time in cars.” Do the Math Hren and his wife, Rebekah, who coauthored “The Carbon-Free Home,” practice and share what they preach at their blog. People often know what to do, they just need help rationalizing why they should, Stephen says. So when Stephen advises families to take advantage of nature’s “solar clothes dryer” by drying laundry on a clothesline rather than plopping it in the dryer, he challenges individuals to think in terms of money – a language anyone can understand. Don’t think a certain eco-step is worth the effort? Price it out and compare the results.
“To me, it’s fascinating to think about the impact of how and what we build. A lot of issues we’re dealing with right now is because we built the wrong things. We’re spending all our time in cars.”
“Using a ‘solar clothes dryer’ is the equivalent of installing $8,000 of solar panels on your house,” Hren says.“You can always rationalize things out in a monetary way: I’m saving X amount of money. Price it out. Often you see you’re making $20 or $30 an hour doing so.” Do It with Style “I’m a believer you don’t have to give up anything to do well by your planet,” says Sloan Barnett, a “Today”show contributor and author of “Green Goes With Everything” (Atria, 2008).“It’s as simple as making better choices when we go buy consumer goods. Food is a good place to start. It impacts the world and directly impacts the health of your family. “Buy more sustainable, more organic food,” Barnett says.“Not all at once, not a clean sweep at all.” By buying locally, families reduce the amount of fuel used to transport food from
grower to store shelf and the amount of preservatives and chemicals used to grow and maintain its quality, says Barnett. She offers a “Body Burden” calculator at her Web site (www.greengoeswitheverything.com) to help families rethink their commitment to things that harm the environment, like nonstick pans, dry cleaning and hair coloring. Fill It In Domestic maven Martha Stewart’s trick is to use bags of ice to fill in the blank spots in her freezer.The ice helps cool the big, energysucking box, reducing its need to tap electricity to keep everything cold. After all, the refrigerator is the biggest energy user in a home, since it is constantly working. Remember, though, just fill it with bags of ice; don’t cram it full.Your freezer will work more effectively as a result.
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Greener Than You Think
It’s easy to be eco-conscious. So easy, in fact, you may already be taking some of the best possible sustainable steps.
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olly Sprengelmeyer doesn’t have a cell phone for a reason. If you need to talk to the 41-year-old Asheville, N.C., resident, you’ll have to make an appointment to speak to her on her landline, the old-fashioned way. Sprengelmeyer’s way of slowing down, buying locally and only using the energy and products she really needs, harkens back to a time not very long ago. In fact, folks are likely a lot greener than they think if they stop to consider of some commonsense things they do – or used to. Increasing one’s commitment to sustainability doesn’t seem so daunting after realizing how much comes naturally. “Anything I can do to create a rhythm around it becomes really easy to do; it’s kind of second nature,” says Sprengelmeyer, who is working to create a creative reuse center in Asheville. She shares and barters so she can avoid new purchases and mends before seeking retail therapy. That’s Sprengelmeyer’s recipe for curbing the madness of everyday living: slowing down, being scrappy, living simply. She recalls last winter when things shut down on the East Coast:“Some crises really force us to adapt, like walking when we would normally drive to the store.We realize,‘Geez, I didn’t realize it was right there.’ If our car breaks down and we ride the bus or our bike, in the process we see things about how the seasons change and talk to our neighbors, which increases our own resources.”And she wouldn’t dare eat a winter strawberry. The carbon footprint of a winter berry versus a summer strawberry isn’t worth the cost in fuel used to buy it, she says.“I grow a certain percentage of my food,” Sprengelmeyer adds.“Eating fresh, homegrown tomatoes in the middle of December is like eating pure sunshine out of a jar.” Not sure where you should start? Green gurus have plenty of suggestions for making a firm commitment to sustainability:
Be a Little Seedy: Plant an herb kitchen garden in containers that sit on your windowsill.The freshness is unbeatable and the plants a cinch to maintain. skip the pre-rinse: Don't pre-rinse dishes before putting them in dishwasher.Today’s dishwashers work efficiently without a pre-rinse, saving about 20 gallons of water a day. Throw a Party: Invite friends and neighbors over for a potluck featuring local, seasonal, organic, lowon-the-food-chain dishes, says Jill Zilligen, chief sustainability officer for Shaklee Corp. Local-heavy dishes bring out creativity that you can share on recipe cards. In addition, prioritizing produce over meat is a positive choice, reducing the environmental impact of meat processing.Vegetables are closer to their natural state than, say, a steak. Get Energized: Whenever you have the choice of renewable energy, go for it. In some places, wind energy that goes unused in one home is stored in the electrical grid for use by others. “In any given moment each and everyone of us can transform our lives,” Sprengelmeyer says.“I can only think of this on a micro level, focusing on what I can personally do, from my neighborhood association, my little town. It’s building from there.”
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Home Energy Miser Not all home energy savings projects require a budget of thousands and the mobile phone number of Norm Abrams, the friendly Mr. Fix-It on “This Old House.” Each of these steps can cost less than $20.
• Flip the switch. The energy you never consume is the cheapest. Turn off lights and electronics when they’re not in use.
How Do You Rate? • Tame vampire devices. Look for little red or green lights on the control panels of computers, TVs and appliances that are turned off. These lights indicate that the appliances are consuming small amounts of energy 24/7. Standby power accounts for about 5 percent of all residential energy use. Plug these devices into a smart strip; when the smart strip is switched off, vampire devices can’t suck power.
The Home Energy Audit
Energy auditors put homes through a sort of stress test to determine what leaks, where it seeps and how a homeowner’s money is flying out the door. The checkups aren’t cheap – but the utility savings can be huge. • Eliminate incandescents. Replace an old-fashioned incandescent bulb with a compact fluorescent lamp. An ENERGY STAR-qualified CFL will save about $30 over its lifetime and pay for itself in about 6 months and lasts about 10 times longer than an incandescent bulb – while using 75 percent less energy. Besides, by law, incandescent bulbs will be phased out in the U.S. starting in 2012, and they’ll be gone by 2014.
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sk most homeowners about the best way to save energy and cut their bills for heating and cooling and they’ll have a quick answer: Install new windows. Trouble is, says Steve Luxton, most homeowners are wrong.
“By far and away, most home owners incorrectly think they need new windows,” says the national manager for residential energy audits for Maryland-based CMC Energy Services. In fact, says Luxton, unless a window is broken or structurally unsound, it may not be cost-effective to replace it. Hanging a heavy, insulated curtain over a problem window might suffice.To deliver long-
term cost savings that would make a homeowner sit up and take notice requires a serious, whole-house evaluation, he says. That’s where a home energy audit comes into play. Luxton’s company is part of a growing number of private firms that provide homeowners with a detailed, measured prescription for how best to improve the energy efficiency of a home.Virtually unheard of 10 years ago, energy audit programs once were typically provided free to lower income homeowners, via subsidized government or utility programs. Today, driven by the Homestar national weatherization program (also known as “Cash for Caulkers”) that provides a $3,000 federal tax rebate to individual homeowners who undertake a whole house energy audit and achieve at least 20 percent in energy savings, the audit business is booming. Energy auditors are a varied group, from oneperson shops that conduct an occasional audit to big, fast-growing companies such as GreenHomes America in Irvine, Calif., which conducted nearly 2,000 audits in 2009.The Building Performance Institute, the national standards development and credentialing organization, estimates that around 53,000 home energy audits took place in 2009.This year, it estimates that as many as 178,000 could take place. A professional audit can cost between $200 and $600, depending on the size of a home, and deliver savings of $200 to $500 per year in energy costs if a homeowner follows through on recommended upgrades. “A typical home about 20 years old or older can most likely save at least 25 percent on their energy bill if they have an energy audit and carefully fulfill every prescribed measure,” Luxton says.“With an energy audit, there are no assumptions that new windows or adding more insulation ought to improve everything. It really comes down to house-by-house situations.” Energy audits can range in complexity and detail, depending on the interest and needs of a homeowner.“Anything from an online survey of energy usage and living style to a full diagnostic home performance assessment,” says Damien Flaherty, building analyst and envelope professional with Homestar. Of the 128 million homes in the U.S., 43 million need urgent improve-
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ment for energy efficiency, comfort and safety, according to consultant McKinsey &â€ˆCo. In a comprehensive energy audit, an auditor assesses the condition and efficiency of a homeâ€™s envelope, the structure of roof, walls, windows, doors and floors that protects inhabitants from the elements. Rather than calling a different specialist to assess each system in a home, such as the electricity or insulation, an energy audit provides the big picture of the entire system. An energy auditor typically conducts a roomby-room examination of a residence and scrutinizes past utility bills.They may use equipment like furnace efficiency meters and surface thermometers to detect sources of energy loss. Many audits will include a blower door test, using a powerful fan to measure how airtight the home is, and a thermographic scan, using infrared cameras to detect thermal defects and air leaks. Auditors also perform safety checks for conditions that may affect the safety or health of an occupant, such as carbon monoxide contamination, poor moisture control, which can lead to
mold formation, and natural gas leaks. Finally, the data is analyzed to determine the most cost-effective opportunities to address the homeâ€™s energy usage. Fixing the issues unearthed in a professional audit can be costly, however.The average 20-yearold home may show need for $5,000 or more in upgrades, Luxton says. However, audits enable a homeowner to make informed decisions on retrofitting energy upgrades.Those who purchase an energy-efficient product or renewable energy system are eligible for a federal tax credit of as much as 30 percent of the cost up to $1,500. In addition, some states now offer tax deductions to homeowners who have a qualified energy audit and implement its recommendations. â€œThere is something that can be done to virtually all older homes to lower energy costs and improve comfort,â€? Luxton says.â€œQuite often, the cost of the audit alone can be paid back in a year or less, and sometimes dissuading a customer from installing marginally cost-effective measures can save thousands of dollars.â€?
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â€˘ Be a foam gasket guru. One best home insulation tips is one of the cheapest. Foam gaskets that cost about 10 cents each will help insulate your home envelope around light switches and plug outlets on exterior walls. Unscrew the switchplates and place the slim foam cutouts between the switchplate and the walls. â€˘ Go low-flow. Save water and energy with a low-flow showerhead. A 2.5-gallon-per-minute showerhead uses about 25 gallons of water during a 10-minute shower, saving about five gallons of water over a typical bath and about $145 each year on electricity, according to ENERGY STAR. â€˘ Be kind to the furnace. Clean and change the air filter on your furnace to improve air quality and reduce the amount of energy the furnace consumes in order to make and distribute warm or cool air. There are 30-day filters and 3-month filters. A filters MERV number (Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value) indicates its efficiency. Find the furnace, turn off the power, open the front casing, replace the old filter with the new one, and close it all back up tightly.
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30 Days to a Greener You
Later for carbon neutrality and net-zero waste goals. Today, do just one thing to walk more lightly on the earth. Tomorrow, do another. Go green, one slightly carbon-reduced footstep at a time By jennifer parish CTW FEATURES
ooking to go green but don't know where to start? How about one step at a time? Implement each of these daily suggestions and, in one month, you'll be leading a healthier, happier, more eco-friendly lifestyle.
Day 1: Inspire yourself! Read books by people who have succeeded in greening their lives to inspire you to take the plunge. Try Vanessa Farquharson's “Sleeping Naked is Green,” (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2009) or Mindy Pennybacker's “Do One Green Thing,” (St. Martin's Griffin/Thomas Dunne Books, 2010).
Week 1: Create less garbage Reduce junk mail. Save paper and aggravation by reducing the amount of junk mail landing in your box.Visit stopjunkmail.org for a free, downloadable Stop Junk Mail Kit. Use cloth instead of paper towels. Use a dishcloth to wipe up your spills. Compost - with worms! Let little red worms break down your food scraps into rich, fertile compost for your garden.You'll need a large container, worms and leftovers. Pack reusable, stainless steel containers.These are perfect for school lunches and to use as doggy bags when dining out.
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Recycle your shoes.Turn your old athletic shoes into sports surfaces such as tracks or courts with the Nike Reuse-A-Shoe program. Find a drop-off location near you at www.nikereuseashoe.com. Trade for it. Is a child in your life pestering you for a new video game? Just have to own that movie you watched last night? Try swaptree.com and trade for what you want. Stop e-waste before it starts. Buy refurbished rather than new cell phones, cameras and other electronics.
Week 2: Save energy and reduce your carbon footprint Choose LCD TVs over plasma. In the market for a new television? LCDs use 40 percent less power than plasmas, according to a study by the Florida Solar Energy Center. Insulate switch plates to stop an air leak.. Unscrew your switch plates and install pre-cut insulation that fits over electrical sockets. Install the NightBreeze night ventilation cooling system in your attic and reduce your A/C usage.These nifty systems work nightly to exchange the warm air indoors with the cool air outside, helping keep home temperatures comfortable all day long. Get a home energy audit.A professional energy auditor can offer valuable suggestions for reducing your energy consumption and lowering your monthly utility bills. Go tankless. On-demand water heaters can save the average family $100 a year on their gas bills, reports ENERGY STAR. Eat lower on the food chain once a week. Eating red meat adds an average of 5,000 lbs to your yearly carbon footprint.Try going veggie once a week. Install a Solatube.These skylights are tubular - and save energy! Cylindrically shaped Solatubes look and act much like recessed lights, so you can turn off your artificial lighting and let the sunshine in!
Week 3: Protect your family's health Make your own green cleaners. Many common household cleaning products are full of chemicals that may endanger your family's health. Use baking soda, vinegar and lemon to make your own cleansers. Invest in an EPA-rated wood burning fireplace. In addition to polluting the outdoors, fireplaces also release dangerous particulate matter back into the home.An EPA-approved fireplace can
greener grocery shopping Can't afford to go all organic, all the time? Mindy Pennyback, author of “Do One Green Thing,” (St. Martin's Griffin/Thomas Dunne Books, 2010) suggests taking a strategic approach when selecting organic produce. Choose It. Buy non-organic in food you eat only once in a while, or those having the lowest pesticide residues. The Tasty 13 listed here are generally low in pesticides and OK to buy non-organic. Asparagus Avocados >> Broccoli Cabbage Eggplant Mango Onion ***** Pineapple Sweet corn Sweet peas Sweet potatoes Tomatoes Watermelon
Week 4: Improve your global community
*****Which had the very lowest number of pesticides? The lowly onion
Lose It. Buy the organic version of the produce you and your family eat the most. You may also want to buy organic in the following foods, which otherwise have the highest pesticide residues: Apples Carrots Celery << Cherries Grapes Kale Lettuce Nectarines Peaches Pears Spinach Strawberries Sweet bell peppers
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Eat lower on the food chain once a week. Eating red meat adds an average of 5,000 lbs to your yearly carbon footprint.Try going veggie once a week. reduce these emissions by eight to 60 times over older models. Visit your local farmer's market. Get to know your food and who grows it. Produce at your local farmer's market is often organic and travels a shorter distance from farm to plate, leaving a smaller carbon footprint.
organic shampoos, digestible hemp rope toys and pet waste compost bins. Install a whole-house water filter. Discover which toxins may be lurking in your tap water by entering your zip code into the EWG's drinking water quality database: www.ewg.org/tapwater/home.Then, install a whole-house water filter to remove them. Avoid smelly products.That odor emitted by new products indicates they are releasing toxins into your home.Trust your nose. Choose low-VOC carpeting, paints and sealers, formaldehyde-free furniture and shower curtains made without vinyl.
Choose less toxic personal care products.You may be surprised by the number of harmful chemicals in your personal care items. Learn which are the safest for you and your family by visiting the Environmental Working Group's cosmetic safety database at www.cosmeticsdatabase.com. Green your pet. Even fido can go green with
Volunteer for a local environmental organization and feel good knowing you're making your community a better place. You will make new friends and a difference. Don't toss your meds. Studies show pills and powders can end up in your community's drinking water supply if not disposed of properly. Return expired meds to your pharmacy. Donate used sheets, blankets and towels to an animal shelter. Faded and stained fabrics can offer comfort to a homeless animal. Avoid palm oil products. The Girl Scouts and Fox News agree, palm oil plantations in Southeast Asian are destroying rainforests and endangering species such as the orangutan. Reuse produce bags. Disposable plastic produce bags often wind up in our waterways where they are mistakenly consumed by aquatic life. Bring reusable bags to the market for your fruits and vegetables. Start a community garden. By working together with your neighbors and local elected officials, you can start a community garden project.These gardens offer a source of fresh produce and the opportunity to experience nature to everyone in your hometown.Visit the American Community Gardening Association at www.communitygarden.org for ideas on how to get started. Use rain barrels.With many communities facing water shortages, collecting rainwater for use in irrigating your garden is one way to help prevent waste of our most precious resource.
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t 32,Ajana Boone owns her own condo in the big city, has a carbon-friendly car and even manages to keep a small dog alive. But that doesn’t stop her mother, who lives hundreds of miles away in a small college town, from pestering her about the stuff she buys – namely, household cleaners “I’m very sensitive to chemicals and the smell of them,” says Boone, a Chicago marketing consultant whose mother is always chiding her to remember those sensitivities.“So for over a year now, I’ve been using nontoxic, environmentally friendly products. I don’t stick to certain brands, though, but I try to think green.” Boone and others who have been thinking – and acting – green for a long time are called “Devoteds” by marketers of eco-friendly household cleaners.They’re the folks who can be depended on to invest first and consistently in nontoxic household products.Thanks to them, those who have been reluctant (whom marketers call, er, Reluctants) to buy products made with “less” are flocking to store shelves in search of natural products. In 2008, green cleaners only made up about 3 percent of the household products market, accord-
ing to Mintel, the market research company. However, the company expects that number to reach 30 percent by 2013. The brands Method and Seventh Generation are eco-friendly mainstays. SC Johnson (Nature’s Source) and Clorox (Green Works) offer natural cleaning products. Shaklee’s Basic H2, yet another green cleaner, made Oprah’s Favorite Things list as an environmentally sound product. In fact, as eco-friendly living goes, more consumers want their purchases to fall in line with their values.As a result, fair-trade product sales are up, and consumers are increasingly interested in sustainable, local, natural and humane products, according to SPINS, an industry tracker for natural products. “The more people are interested in buying these products, the less expensive they’ll be,” says Terri Trespicio, editor of Body & Soul magazine. Don’t Be Fooled While Trespicio applauds homeowners who are concerned by research linking the use of harsh chemicals to skin reactions, asthma, among other conditions, she warns about buying anything labeled “natural,” which, she says, does not mean anything. “Everyone is slipping in the word ‘natural’; it’s
For a cleaner, greener home, consumers are looking to nontoxic, chemical-free products that are better for them – and the environment.
not a certified term,”Trespicio says.“Natural is a fake, fluffy word, and you cannot trust that.You might have a company that adds lavender, but the burden is on the consumer to really research what’s going on with these brands.” For example,“unscented” doesn’t mean the absence of chemicals, she says. Chemicals actually may be added to negate the bad smell of ingredients used to make a cleaning product. And dazzling colorings – a sensory sales tool used to hook consumers – don’t make a cleaner better, either. The addition of plants and herbs isn’t always a selling point, either, she says, because pets may have negative reactions to certain plants. So how does one choose a workable cleaning product? Just know that “natural” should mean no synthetics, says Jill Zilligen, chief sustainability officer at Shaklee Corp, Pleasanton, Calif. Aside from what is in the cleaning bottle, what it’s made of is important, too, because nonrecyclable plastic will eventually end up clogging a landfill somewhere. For example, Seventh Generation’s packaging for its line of laundry liquid, dishwasher powder and disinfectants is made of recycled plastic where possible.This effort requires two-thirds less energy and is equal to taking nearly 40 million cars off the road, according to company officials. Since not
all plastic is recyclable, the company is aiming to have 75 percent of its offerings in recycled packaging. Martha Stewart’s new Clean line of plantand mineral-based products also comes in recycled plastic packaging. Don’t Overdo It Be assured that dialing it down and ridding homes of harsh chemicals does not mean giving in to dirt, experts say. Using so-called green cleaners doesn’t mean learning to accept that homes won’t be as clean as they would with the chemical-laden stuff. “We don’t need to be using these super-harsh products to wage war on dirt in your home. That’s overkill, and the tide is turning on that,” Trespicio says. But green cleaners also need to live up to a performance test, the experts say. So those who are interested in testing out how well they work should audit their cupboards and phase out chemical cleaners while phasing in nontoxic ones. “I like to tell people to think about function,” Zilligen says.“What are you trying to accomplish? You don’t have to have a counter cleaner, a tub cleaner and a sink cleaner.You can do all those things with a concentrated [green] cleaner.”
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ith a new government program offering cash for old appliances, there’s never been a better time to get a new refrigerator, dishwasher or washing machine that can save money on energy bills while lending a helping hand to Mother Earth. “There is a rapid growth in the number of appliances marketed as energy-efficient or green,” says Tony Napolitano, publisher of Portland, Maine-based Smart HomeOwner magazine. “By introducing new energy-efficient appliances and methods into the home, families can reduce costs, and their associated environmental impact, by cutting down on the large portion of energy that is wasted,” adds Sean S. Miller, the director of education for the Washington D.C.based nonprofit Earth Day Network. Consumers may already be eligible to receive rebates for the purchase of new Energy Starqualified appliances when they replace used appliances. Funded with $300 million from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, these rebates vary from state to state, but generally range from $50 to $250 on appliances including freezers, furnaces, refrigerators and dishwashers.The government also is offering tax credits of up to $1,500 for the purchase of water heaters and other energy-saving home improvements. Washing Machines While taking advantage of a sunny day by using your clothesline is the most eco-friendly way to dry clothes, beating your laundry with rocks by the river isn’t a throwback – energy efficient or not – that most people would embrace. But this week’s laundry still needs to be cleaned, doesn’t it? ENERGY STAR-qualified washing machines use roughly 30 percent less energy and at least 50 percent less water than regular washers, according to the U.S. Department of Energy. Many qualified models also have a greater capacity than conventional models, which translates into fewer loads of laundry. “The biggest development in clothes washers is the demand for new front-loading models,” Napolitano says.“A number of manufacturers have released front loading washing machines, and they perform exceptionally well as a green product – requiring less water and energy than a traditional top loader and often
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reducing the amount of drying time needed.” Miller says that ASKO washing machines are a solid contender for their energy efficiency and low water consumption.The Scandinavian company that started in 1950 also boasts that most of the parts in their appliances can be
recycled. Whirlpool’s latest Cabrio HE top load washers with the H2Low wash system use 75 percent less water and 65 percent less energy, says Warwick Stirling, global director of energy and sustainability for Whirlpool in Benton Harbor, Mich. He adds that over a 10-year
lifespan, Whirlpool’s Duet front-load washer can offer a savings of up to $1,000 in water and energy costs, compared to pre-2004 conventional washers. Napolitano notes the LG SteamWasher series as an energy-efficient combo. Refrigerators The refrigerator is the single biggest powereater in most households, accounting for about 15 percent of residential electricity usage. In most households, it’s the one appliance that runs 24 hours a day, 365 days per year. Replacing a refrigerator from the 1980s with an ENERGY STAR model will save more than $100 annually on utility bills, the DOE reports. Replace a 1970s fridge and save $200 each year. ENERGY STAR refrigerators are required by the DOE to use 20 percent less energy than uncertified models. “ENERGY STAR models are a great starting point for any consumer looking to purchase a new refrigerator,” Napolitano says.“Most manufacturers offer ENERGY STAR models that are significantly more efficient than older models.” Fisher & Paykel’s DCS 36” Side by Side refrigerator uses 20 percent less energy than required by current federal standards. Purchasing any refrigerator with a capacity of 25 cubic feet or less can add up to significant energy savings. Those seeking a super-efficient model suitable for households run on solar, hydro or wind power, Sun Frost, an Arcata, Calif. firm, offers what it claims to be the world’s most energy-efficient refrigerators. In a conventional home, the Sun Frost refrigerators, several of which bear the ENERGY STAR label, cut energy costs by a factor of five, according to the company. Dishwashers Dishwashers across the board are becoming more energy efficient.“An even more-exciting trend is the development of water conserving units,” Napolitano says. For example, the Evolution Series from Bosch is recognized as big water saver, using just 1.8 gallons of water per wash and beating ENERGY STAR standards.The DOE estimates that a dishwasher built before 1994 wastes about 8 gallons of water per cycle compared to new ENERGY STAR models, and a pre-1994 model also costs an extra $40 a year to run.Whirlpool will be offering tall-tub dishwashers with an eco cycle, which cuts cycle time in almost half.
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Cook it TurboChef’s Double Wall Speedcook Oven uses a microwave element that helps cut food preparation time, working 15 times faster than a conventional model. Clean it The Electrolux UltraSilencer Green is made of 55-percent recycled plastic and it runs on just 9 amps of power. The Eureka Envirovac offers an 8-amp motor that uses 33 percent less energy than a typical upright vacuum, with an allergen filter that can be washed and reused. Cool it Consumers interested in getting the most energy-efficient air conditioner should focus on the SEER [seasonal energy efficiency ratio] rating. “Higher SEER ratings equal more efficient units,” says Tony Napolitano, publisher of Smart HomeOwner magazine. “As a general rule, all new air conditioners are improving in efficiency as awareness and demand grows.” Heat it GE’s new GeoSpring Water Heater combines a compressor and an evaporator with traditional electronic heating elements to cut residential water heater energy costs by more than half. dream it On the drawing board: “smart” appliances that can communicate with the local utility grid and time operations to use electricity when overall demand (and cost) for power is lowest.
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Start conserving electricity through efficient appliance usage today. “There are many opportunities for substantial energy savings through equipment replacement, but there are many ways we can change how we use the products we already own,” says Jennifer Thorne Amann, director of the buildings and equipment program at the American Council for an EnergyEfficient Economy and a specialist in residential energy efficiency. “Small improvements and minor behavior changes can yield cost savings right away.”
LG’s SteamWasher & SteamDryer • Scrape, don’t rinse. Studies show that most people pre-rinse dishes
before loading them into the dishwasher, even though most dishwashers purchased within the last decade can adequately clean even heavily soiled dishes. If you can’t break the habit, try at least switching to cold water. • Inspect door seals. Check the door seals or gaskets on refrigerators and freezers. Try this test: Put a dollar bill in the door as you close it and see if it holds firmly in place. Or, put a bright flashlight inside the refrigerator and direct the light toward a section of the door seal. With the door closed and the room dark, inspect for light through the crack. • Use Lower Temperature Settings. Use cold water for the wash cycle instead of warm or hot (except when cleaning clothes with greasy stains), and use only cold water for the rinse cycle. Experiment with different laundry detergents to find one that works well with cooler water. • Relocate the refrigerator. If a refrigerator is in the sunlight or next to a stove or dishwasher, it uses more energy to maintain cool temperatures. Move the fridge to a cooler spot and it won’t have to work so hard. • Shine up the stovetop. When burner pans turn black from heavy use, they can absorb a lot of heat, reducing burner efficiency. Shiny pans reflect heat up to the cookware.
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t is a marvel of advanced automotive technology.A lithium-ion battery powers an emissions-free electric motor that swiftly and silently enables a motorist to reach 60 mph in just 4.9 seconds and drive up to 244 miles on a single charge. It’s too bad the market for the low-slung Tesla Roadster, produced by a small Silicon Valley-based company, will likely never grow past a select audience of well-heeled environmentalists and auto enthusiasts.The sweet green ride seats just two passengers and carries a $109,000 sticker price.
Fortunately for fans of electric vehicles, the coming year will see the first mainstream models aimed at just folks since the General Motors EV-1 ended its brief and controversial run in 1999. Bowing this November will be the muchanticipated Volt from GM’s Chevrolet division. Chevy calls the Volt an “extended-range electric vehicle.” It can run solely on electric power for about 40 miles on a charge. Once the onboard batteries have been depleted, a small gasoline engine runs a generator to power the car’s electric motor.While the gas-run generator adds complexity and cost to this futuristically designed midsize sedan, it makes the Volt practical for more than just shorter runs; the com-
pany recently said that a full electric-only version is in the works. “Some people continue to think of GM as the company that killed the electric car,” says GM vice-chairman Bob Lutz.“Well, movie titles to the contrary, the electric car is far from dead at GM.” Nissan and Mitsubishi are planning smaller pure-electric cars of their own for the 2011 model year, the Leaf and i-MiEV, respectively, both of which boast a maximum range of 100 miles. Ford is readying an electric version of its next-generation Focus compact car for release early next year.And a Chinese company, BYD, hopes to launch its e6 EV in the U.S. soon, a vehicle the company says will run for
up to 205 miles on a charge. Tesla is expected to introduce its second EV, the Model S luxury sedan, next year that promises a 300-mile range; another niche car builder, Fisker, is readying its four-door extended-range Karma EV for a 2011 release. Depending on the model, a full battery charge using 220-volt current could take up to eight hours, and much longer on a standard 110-volt circuit. Some sources peg the cost to charge an EV at about one-third to one-fourth the cost of gasoline to drive the same car the same distance. Many owners will be able to garner a discount for recharging their EVs overnight, when electric rates are typically at their lowest.Tesla says its
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Roadster costs about two cents a mile to operate, but this depends heavily on utility rates and the time of day during which the car is connected to the grid. The first wave of EVs will likely be sold to environmentally minded consumers and those who are on a mission – whether philosophical or financial – to avoid fuel pumps altogether. Businesses, especially those serving well-defined areas, could be the first to embrace electric vehicles purely for their cost savings. Ford will begin selling its new Transit Electric delivery van to commercial buyers later this year that promises an 80-mile range on a charge. However, even the staunchest supporters admit that widespread acceptance of electric vehicles is likely a long way off, and for a variety of reasons. For starters, until manufacturing costs drop and battery technology becomes more efficient, they’ll remain costly compared to conventional models.The Chevrolet Volt, for example, is expected to sell for over $35,000, the Nissan Leaf will likely start in the upper-$20,000 range and the Tesla Model S will carry a $49,900 base price. Fortunately, EV buyers will be able to take advantage of a one-time $7,500 federal income-tax credit to help offset the cost. Plus, pure EVs have a finite range on a charge, which will vary significantly based on the ambient
temperature, traffic and use of accessories like air conditioning.A maximum 100-mile range might be far less in certain circumstances, possibly stranding an unprepared motorist with a depleted battery.Those looking to take longer-range trips and apartment dwellers with no access to electric outlets next to their parking spots will need ways to charge EV batteries. To that end, several companies are building an infrastructure for remote electric car-charging stations.Already, Silicon Valley’s Coulomb Technologies has its ChargePoint Networked Charging Stations installed in public locations across 17 states, including supermarkets and at least one McDonald’s restaurant. A ChargePoint iPhone app gives electric vehicle owners the means to locate charging stations and see in real time if it’s available, in use or out of service. Encountering charging stations in places like supermarket parking lots “brings the reality of electric vehicles one step closer,” says company CEO Richard Lowenthal. One of the keys to furthering EV use will be when 480-volt fast-charge stations just being developed become ubiquitous.They promise as much as an 80 percent charge in 30 minutes or less, about the time it takes grab a quick bite to eat while en route.
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Driving Green Until the day you park and plug in an electronic vehicle in the driveway, be an energywise auto owner. • Check tire pressure regularly. Under-inflated tires are a drag. Proper inflation will improve gas mileage by about 3 percent. • Avoiding jackrabbit starts and stops can save more than $1 per gallon and reduce CO2 emissions by up to 33 percent • Get a tune-up. A properly tuned engine will improve gas mileage by about 4 percent • Offload the extras. Every 100 pounds of junk in the trunk reduces gas mileage by 2 percent. • Slow down. According to the EPA, every 5 mph you drive over 60 mph is equivalent to paying 20 extra cents per gallon of gas. Maintaining a highway speed of 60 mph can improve mileage from 7-24 percent. • Driving 10,000 miles in a year using cruise control could save you nearly $200 and more than 60 gallons of fuel (assuming $3 fuel, 20 mpg and 15,000 annual mileage) Source: EPA and Department of Transportation, drop by www.ecodrivingusa.com for more tips
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On the Horizon:
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enewable energy, resource management, recycling, green business, stewardship. These buzz words pop up as companies and governments go green. They’re also appearing on more résumés, as jobseekers try to hitch their wagons to the growing green economy. There are plenty of green jobs, according to San Francisco green recruiting agency Bright Green Talent. But like in all industries, there are plenty of applicants.“The field is highly competitive,” says Nick Ellis, managing partner with the agency. Skill sets are important to make you stand out, and many employers are picky about degrees and experience.“You’d be amazed how many Harvard MBAs are looking for these jobs right now,” he says. Growing a green paycheck The definition of a green job is not clearcut. Basically, any job can be a green job. Let’s say your employer has decided to reduce
waste, not only to lessen its carbon footprint but to save money. The company may want to hire or promote a current employee to a new operations position focused on achieving this goal. With a green plan in place, the company also will want to broadcast successes to customers and the general public. It takes someone with a range of skills who understands and believes in these efforts to fit the bill. “Green jobs tend to be more technically demanding,” says Alex Salkever, director of marketing communications for Picarro, a Sunnyvale, Calif., company that produces greenhouse gas analyzers. He says traditional chemistry jobs are switching to a green focus. And he adds that many high-tech professionals with skills in optics or semiconductors are shifting their focus to green industries, which seem to offer greater opportunities. Some other green jobs you might not consider? Ellis adds dairy industry consultant, solar installer, HVAC engineer and carbon trader. Experienced green professionals might become sustainability consultants.
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Wind Beneath My Blades The wind energy business is poised to create or re-create jobs. Renewable energy should continue to grow, especially after passage of the U.S. Recovery Act. Placing wind turbines out on the nation’s prairies requires more than a few specialized technicians. The work starts long before the truck hauling the 90-meter tower shows up. There are unique jobs to fill at every level, says J. Matthew Garran, supply chain manager at the American Wind Energy Association,“from manufacturing the parts, to moving them around, to preparing the site, to installing the turbines, to ongoing operation and maintenance.” He says the installation of a wind turbine requires years of studies to determine the amount of energy the turbines can produce and the environmental impact in a given location. Biologists may have to consult on the impact to wildlife. Legal and title searches must be done. And installing a turbine involves construction crews. Who does green suit? The green industry definitely favors the
young, but just being a recent graduate who’s excited about the environment doesn’t guarantee anyone a green job. The best green résumés often include engineering degrees, stints at a nonprofit, experience in start-up companies (especially in the energy sector) and in companies that emphasize social and environmental goals. Bright Green recommends internships or volunteer work with green nonprofits. To revamp skills, try local classes designed for those seeking a career change. Many offer training for environmentally focused jobs. Simple resourcefulness is a big plus, he says.“Listen for news reports about wind turbines going up in your area and find out which developer or construction company is putting them in,” he says. “Do your homework,” Salkever adds. “Understand where your skills may align with an existing or growing need in the green space.” He ought to know. Salkever, a former finance writer and programmer, studied the green industry then acted on his passion.“I feel very strongly that this is more than a job,” he says.“This is about leaving a better place for our kids.”
green the workplace Want to work at a green company? Start today – in your current job. Nick Ellis of Bright Green Talent calls it “intrapreneurship,” leveraging a non-green job to make your company greener and stronger. “When we consider the impact we can have on a daily basis in terms of community, peers and our environment, the opportunities are suddenly everywhere.” • Start or ramp up the company recycling program. Place marked recycle waste bins at each workspace and bins for bottles and cans in the dining area. Move on to electronics, phones and furniture. • Turn out the lights in unused meeting rooms. Find ways to use natural light. See if there’s support for switching to ENERGY STAR-rated light fixtures and CFLs instead of traditional incandescent bulbs. • Use recycled paper with no chlorine, made from post-recycled waste, and find ways not to use paper at all. • Research convenient local organizations that will accept used equipment and furniture and recruit a team to help recycle the big stuff. • Change the way you commute to a lower-impact method – bike, foot or public transportation – and let colleagues know how it’s working. • Get the boss involved. Make sure there’s a marked recycling waste bin next to the top exec’s desk and find ways to keep him or her in touch with steps the office makes to save energy and resources.
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Grab a recycled pencil! It's time for an Earth Day quiz Earth Day, founded 40 years ago by U.S. Sen. Gaylord Nelson of Wisconsin, takes place on April 22 each year. It's now celebrated across the globe as a day to discuss important environmental issues, plant trees, clean up neighborhoods and celebrate our home planet. Conceived of as “environmental teach-in,” Earth Day has become a time to take measure of our impact on the environment. In honor of the day, take this Earth Day quiz to test your eco-savvy. 1. How much water (in gallons) does the average American household waste every year due to running toilets, dripping faucets and other household leaks? a. 1,000 b. 3,000 c. 7,000 d. 10,000
2. For every gallon of gasoline reduced by carpooling, walking, biking or using public transportation, how many pounds of carbon emissions are reduced? a. 5 b. 15 c. 20 d. 30
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5. Between 2003-2005, how many cell phones, in millions, were put into landfills? a. 61.3 b. 88.7 c. 104.9 d. 126.3
6. Of all newspapers printed in the U.S., what percentage is recycled each year? a. 31 b. 64 c. 73 d. 82
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760 Kenmore Road, Chapel Hill Not for Sale • 2560 sq ft Sales: 919-928-2664 www.AnchorageBuildingCorp.com
DIRECTIONS: FROM I-40 AT CHAPEL HILL, go about 1 mi south on US-15 S/US-501 S/Durham Chapel Hill Boulevard. Turn right onto Erwin Road and go 0.5 mi. Turn left onto Weaver Dairy Road and go 0.2 mi. Turn left onto Sedgefield Drive and go 0.4 mi. Turn right onto Honeysuckle Road and go 0.4 mi. Honeysuckle Road becomes N. Lake Shore Drive. Go 0.1 miles on Lake Shore. Turn right onto Brookview Road and go 0.2 mi. Turn left onto Kenmore Road and go 0.2 mi. The tour home is on the left.
Please note that entry availability may change. Check the tour website for updated information.
BUILDERS OF HOPE OPEN ONLY ON SATURDAYS, MAY 15 & 22
917 Dorothy Sanders Way, Raleigh $152,380 • 1605 sq ft Sales: 800-277-6138 www.BuildersofHope.org
DIRECTIONS: FROM I-40 SOUTH IN RALEIGH, take exit 300B for Rock Quarry Road North and go approximately 0.3 mi. Merge onto Rock Quarry Road and go 0.4 mi. (The road will turn into Raleigh Boulevard.) Make a left to continue on Rock Quarry Road and go about 0.3 mi. Turn left at Martin Luther King Boulevard and continue 0.4 mi. Take your second left onto South State Street. Dorothy Sanders Way will be the first cul-de-sac on your left. The home is on the left.
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110 East Lynch Street, Durham Not for Sale • 2400 sq ft Sales: 919-667-0404 www.buildsense.com
FROM I-85 IN DURHAM, take Exit #177 for Roxboro Street and Business Route US 15/501. Travel south on Roxboro Street about 0.5 miles to a split in the road, and bear right onto to E. Markham Avenue. (Just follow the road, you have no other choice.) Almost immediately, bear left onto N. Mangum Street. Drive south for 0.2 miles on N. Mangum. Turn left on E. Lynch Street. The tour home is the second house on the right.
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33 Acorn Park Lane, Pittsboro
5039 Duchy Drive, Mebane (near Saxapahaw)
Not for Sale • 2,490 sq ft Sales: 919-812-7478 www.chandlerdesignbuild.com
DIRECTIONS: From Carrboro, take Highway NC 54 west. Continue for 14 miles. Just past the turn off for Saxapahaw, turn right on Thom Rd. Then turn left at Duchy Drive. If the gate is unattended, call 919-812-7478 for access. The house is the first one on the right.
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Not for sale • 1104 sq ft Sales: 919-542-0794, ext 216 www.chathamhabitat.org
$160,000 • 2,137 sq ft Sales: 919-680-3665 www.cimarronhomes.com
DIRECTIONS: From Chapel Hill, take 15/501S into Pittsboro. At the court house circle, continue south on 15/501. After passing Horton Middle School on your left, turn left onto E. Cornwallis. At the stop sign, turn right to stay on E. Cornwallis. The road jogs to the left. Turn right onto Acorn Park Lane. Please park on Acorn Park Lane only. The tour house is the first on the left.
DIRECTIONS: FROM I-85 IN DURHAM, head north on I-85 and take Exit 182 (Red Mill Road). Turn right on Red Mill Road and proceed to the stop sign at the intersection with E. Geer Street. Turn right on E. Geer and go ¼ mi. Turn left on Burton Road. Panther Creek is about 0.5 mi down Burton Road on the left. Turn left into Panther Creek, and the tour home is straight ahead.
212 Enstone Court, Hillsborough
3020 Red Grape Drive, Cary
DIRECTIONS: FROM I-85 NEAR HILLSBOROUGH: Take Exit 170 (Rt. 70 Bypass) north approximately 4 miles. Turn right on St. Mary’s Road. Go ¼ mile to the community entrance for Churton Grove on the left. Turn right on Berryman Boulevard, right on Hatterleigh, and left on Enstone Court. House is on the right.
DIRECTIONS: FROM I-40 NEAR CARY, take Exit 290. Travel west on NC54 (Chapel Hill Road) for ¼ mile. Take a right on Trinity Road. Go approximately 1/2 mile and then take a right on Brandywine Drive. Enter the community going straight ahead. Turn left on Red Grape Drive. House is on the left.
$439,900 • 3659 sq ft Sales: 919-732-5112 www.dreeshomes.com
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EASTERLING FINE HOMES
904 Hillsborough Road, Carrboro Not for Sale • 1586 sq ft Sales: 919-928-0707 www.easterlingfinehomes.com
DIRECTIONS: FROM I-40 NEAR CHAPEL HILL, take Exit 286 (Martin Luther King Boulevard/Highway 86). Turn south on MLK Boulevard toward downtown Chapel Hill and continue straight for 3 miles to Estes Drive Extension. Turn right onto Estes Drive Extension. Go 2.5 miles, then turn right when Estes Drive Extension ends at Greensboro Street. Continue straight on Greensboro Street for 1.5 miles. (Greensboro Street will turn into Hillsborough Road.) Stay straight 0.5 miles. The tour entry will be on the right, near the intersection of Hillsborough Road and Daphne Court.
312 Fox Hill Farm Drive, Hillsborough $634,000 • 3,350 sq ft Sales: 919-422-3056 www.entityconstruction.com
DIRECTIONS: FROM CHAPEL HILL, take I-40 West towards Greensboro. Take Exit 263 and turn right onto New Hope Church Road. Proceed 0.7 miles and turn left onto NC-86. Go 2.7 miles and turn right onto Old NC-10. Go 0.6 miles and turn left onto Lawrence Road. Proceed 1.4 miles and turn left onto US-70. Go 1.3 miles and turn right onto St. Mary’s Road. Go 1 mile and turn left onto Baldwin Road. Go 0.9 mile and turn right onto Fox Hill Farm Drive. The home is on the right.
HABITAT FOR HUMANITY, ORANGE COUNTY, NC OPEN ONLY ON SATURDAYS, MAY 15 & 22
200 Lizzie Lane, Chapel Hill Not for Sale • 1,137 sq ft Sales: 919-932-7077 www.orangehabitat.org
DIRECTIONS: FROM I-40 NEAR CHAPEL HILL, take Exit #266 (Hwy 86). Go south on Hwy 86 towards Chapel Hill to the first traffic light at Eubanks Road. Turn right on Eubanks Road. Go approximately 1.7 miles to Rogers Road, then turn left. Go ½ mile to Purefoy Drive. Turn left on Purefoy. Go to Edgar Street. Turn left on Edgar Street and proceed to Lizzie Lane. House is on the right.
HABITAT FOR HUMANITY OF WAKE COUNTY OPEN ONLY ON SATURDAYS, MAY 15 & 22
203 Seawell Avenue, Raleigh $106,700 • 1,075 sq ft 919-833-1999 www.HabitatWake.org
DIRECTIONS: FROM I-440 BELTLINE AROUND RALEIGH, take Exit 13A, New Bern Avenue, toward downtown Raleigh for 2.8 mi. (New Bern Avenue becomes Edenton Street.) Turn right on Seawell Avenue. Go one block and continue straight at the stop sign. Home is the second driveway on the left.
205 Hales Wood Road, Chapel Hill $445,900 • 2,579 sq ft Sales: 919-960-6321 www.chapelwoodinfo.com
DIRECTIONS: FROM I-40 NEAR CHAPEL HILL, take exit 273A and proceed on Highway 54 West for approximately 2 miles. Turn left on Barbee Chapel Road and go 0.9 miles. Turn right on Hales Wood Rd. Tour entry is on the left.
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200 Cane Valley Court, Chapel Hill
7025 Copperleaf Place, Cary
828 Minerva Dale Drive, Fuquay-Varina
DIRECTIONS: FROM CHAPEL HILL, Take Highway 54 West through Carrboro. Continue approximately 8 miles outside of Carrboro. Take a left onto Gold Mine Loop Road. Take a right onto Cane Valley Lane. Take a right onto Cane Valley Court. Home site is Lot 7, located straight ahead.
DIRECTIONS: FROM I-40 AT CARY , take exit 283A for NC540. Go 3.9 miles and take exit 66A onto Hwy 55 East. Go 2.1 miles and take a right on Carpenter Fire Station Rd. Proceed 1.6 miles and take a left on Green Level to Durham Road at the Harris Teeter Shopping Center. Go 1.2 miles and make a right on Green Level Church Road and proceed 1.2 mi. Copperleaf will be on your left. After entering Copperleaf on Green Hope School Road, take the first right onto Copperleaf Place. The home will be on the left.
DIRECTIONS: Traveling south on US401 in Fuquay-Varina, turn left onto Purfoy Road. (A Bojangles is on the corner.) Go 1.5 miles and turn right onto Holland Road at the four way stop. Go 0.3 miles and turn right into Avalon Springs on Tupelo Glenn Road. After one block, turn left onto Vann Street. Turn right at the next street onto Minerva Dale Drive, and the house will be on your left.
$500,000 • 5311 sq ft Sales: 919-369-1843 www.HeartridgeBuilders.com
M SQUARED BUILDERS & DESIGNERS, INC.
$925,000 • 5198 sq ft Sales: 919-847-4447 www.homesbydickerson.com
MCF BUILDERS OF CHATHAM COUNTY, LLC
$305,000 • 2848 sq ft Sales: 919-346-0194 www.homesbydickerson.com
MCNEILL BURBANK HOMES
110 Paper Birch Lane, Durham
98 Bingham Ridge Drive, Pittsboro
1686 Briar Chapel Parkway, Chapel Hill
DIRECTIONS: FROM I-85 BETWEEN DURHAM AND HILLSBOROUGH, take Exit 170 and get onto Hwy 70. Be sure that you are heading north on Hwy 70. Proceed a short distance to the stoplight at Pleasant Green Road and turn right. (Bull City Radiator will be on the corner.) Continue approximately 1 mile on Pleasant Green Road, passing by Willet Road; if you reach Cole Mill Road, you have gone too far. Turn right on Paper Birch Lane into Pleasant Green Woods Phase III. The home will be at the 1st lot on the right.
DIRECTIONS: FROM CHAPEL HILL, take 15-501 south approximately 4 mi. Turn right onto Mann’s Chapel Road. Go 2 miles and turn right onto Poythress Road. Bear left at the white chapel onto Lamont Norwood Road. Go 2 miles, then turn right onto Bingham Ridge Drive. House is second on the right.
FROM CHAPEL HILL, go south on Hwy 15-501 South. Briar Chapel is approximately 7 miles on the right. Turn right on Briar Chapel Parkway and go to the traffic circle. Take the second right off the circle, getting back onto Briar Chapel Parkway. The house is on the right.
Not for Sale • 3,755 sq ft Sales: 919-620-8535 www.msquaredbuilders.com
$520,000 • 2508 sq ft Sales: 919-942-9214 www.solarhomesatbinghamridge.com
$341,283 • 2,397 sq ft Sales: 919-240-5800 www.mcneillburbank.com
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1177 Great Ridge Parkway, Chapel Hill
1243 Great Ridge Parkway, Chapel Hill
1404 Wakefield Farm Road, Zebulon
FROM CHAPEL HILL, go south on Hwy 15-501 South. Briar Chapel is approximately 7 miles on the right. Turn right on Briar Chapel Parkway and go to the traffic circle. Take the first right off the circle onto Great Ridge Parkway. The house is on the right.
FROM CHAPEL HILL, go south on Hwy 15-501 South. Briar Chapel is approximately 7 miles on the right. Turn right on Briar Chapel Parkway and go to the traffic circle. Take the first right off the circle onto Great Ridge Parkway. The house is on the right.
DIRECTIONS: FROM RALEIGH, take Hwy 64/264 Bypass to Zebulon (15 minutes). Take the exit for Hwy 96/Zebulon and turn left at the top of the ramp. Go to the second stoplight by Sheetz and turn right onto SR1001 (Pearces Road). Go approximately 1 mile to the intersection with Pippin Road and turn right. Go to the second Wakefield Meadows entrance and turn right onto Wakefield Farm Road. The house will be approximately 1 mile on right.
$205,087 • 1,418 sq ft Sales: 919-240-5800 www.mcneillburbank.com
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$413,124 • 2,247 Sales: 919-240-5800 www.mcneillburbank.com
PICKETT LAND & BUILDING COMPANY
1724 Whispering Meadows Drive, Zebulon
104 Sharp Street, Chapel Hill
DIRECTIONS: FROM RALEIGH, take Hwy 64/264 Bypass to Zebulon (15 minutes). Take the exit for Hwy 96/Zebulon and turn left at the top of the ramp. Go to the second stoplight by Sheetz and turn right onto SR1001 (Pearces Road). Go approximately 1 mile to the intersection with Pippin Road and turn right. Go to the second Wakefield Meadows entrance and turn right onto Wakefield Farm Road. Go to the fourth right and turn onto Whispering Meadows Drive. The house will be 1/2 mile on right.
DIRECTIONS: FROM I-40 IN CHAPEL HILL, take Exit 266. Go south on NC 86/MLK Blvd/ Old Airport Road for 1.3 miles. Take a right on Homestead Road and travel 1.6 miles. Turn right on Winmore Avenue into the Winmore neighborhood. Cross the bridge and take the second left onto Sharp Street. The home is the first one on the right.
$650,000 • 4300 sq ft Sales: 919-269-4555 www.oldeheritage.com
$549,900 • 2,700 sq ft Sales: 919-929-2005 www.pickettbuilding.com; www. winmoreneighborhood.com
$550,000 • 3,635 sq ft Sales: 919-269-4555 www.oldeheritage.com
SAGE BUILT, LLC
1171 Golfers View, Pittsboro $625,000 • 3259 sq ft 919-614-9780 www.sagebuiltnc.com
DIRECTIONS: FROM CHAPEL HILL, take 15-501 south towards Pittsboro. Turn right onto Russell Chapel Church Road. Turn right onto Old Graham. Turn left into Chapel Ridge after about 1 mi. Turn left at the T intersection. Go to the traffic circle and take the first right out of the circle onto Golfers View. Home is down the street on the right.
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12636 Old Creedmoor Road, Raleigh $388,985 • 2,732 sq ft Sales: 919-278-8070 www.stantonhomes.com
DIRECTIONS: FROM I-40 NEAR RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, take exit 283B to merge onto I-540 E toward US-70. Proceed for 6.4 miles and take exit 7 for Leesville Road. Turn left onto Leesville Road and continue for 1.2 mi. Turn right at Hickory Grove Church Road. Proceed 1 mile and continue onto Hickory Grove Road. After 0.2 miles, turn right at Carpenter Pond Road. Proceed 2.9 miles and continue onto Old Creedmoor Road. Home is on the right.
TOLL BROTHERS, INC
401 South Bend Drive, Durham $950,000 • 6,067 sq ft Sales: 919-806-TOLL (8655) www.TheHillsatSouthpoint.com
DIRECTIONS: FROM I-40 IN DURHAM, take Exit #276, Fayetteville Road. Proceed south towards Jordan Lake on Fayetteville Road for 1 mile, passing the Streets at Southpoint Mall. Turn left into the entrance of The Hills at Southpoint. The home will be straight ahead.
SUN RIVER BUILDERS SIGNATURE HOMES, INC.
$495,000 • 3016 sq ft Sales: 919-278-8070 www.stantonhomes.com
3 Moss Spring Court, Durham
500 Horizon Drive, Pittsboro
DIRECTIONS: FROM CHAPEL HILL, take 15/501 south about 9.4 miles, to just past Fearrington Village. Turn right on Hamlets Chapel Road. Go 1 mile, and turn right into Horizon neighborhood. Continue down Horizon Drive, which forms a loop. Home is about 0.5 miles down Horizon Drive.
VANGUARD HOMES, LLC
SOLD- NOT AVAILABLE FOR TOURING $149,900 • 1,270 sq ft Sales: 919-620-1377 www.gogreencottage.com
DIRECTIONS: FROM I-85 IN DURHAM, head north on I-85 to Exit 176. Take Exit 176 and turn onto 501 North. Go 6.5 miles and turn right onto Snow Hill Road. Go 2.0 miles and turn right into Snow Hill Preserve on Whispering Meadow Lane. Take an immediate right onto Sassafrass. Moss Spring Court is on the right.
WILL JOHNSON BUILDING COMPANY
1256 Great Ridge Parkway, Chapel Hill
602 Chapel Ridge Drive, Pittsboro
DIRECTIONS: FROM I-40 IN CHAPEL HILL, turn off at Exit 273 and follow Hwy NC 54 West toward Chapel Hill. Stay on 54 West three miles until you come to an overpass. Just beyond the overpass, turn right on NC 54 West/15-501 South bypass. Stay on bypass 2.2 miles and exit at the Chapel HillPittsboro exit. Turn left onto US 15-501 South. Briar Chapel is approximately 7 miles on the right. Turn right onto Briar Chapel Parkway. Turn right onto Great Ridge Parkway at the traffic circle. Home is on the left.
DIRECTIONS: FROM CHAPEL HILL, take 15-501 South towards Pittsboro for approximately 12 miles, passing by the Fearrington neighborhood on the left. Take a right onto Russells Chapel Road and go for 2 miles to Old Graham Road. Take a right onto Old Graham, travel 2 miles, and then turn left into the Chapel Ridge Golf Community. Go 0.1 mile and turn left onto Chapel Ridge Drive. Travel ½ mile, and the home will be on the right.
$450,000 • 3,099 sq ft Sales: 919-528-9980
Inquire about Price • 3,600 sq ft Sales: 919-933-2100 www.willjohnsonbuilding.com
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