Category Archives: NC homes

NC jobs, Green energy jobs, Solar energy, Wind energy, Passive solar, Weatherizaton, North Carolina Green Business Fund

NC jobs, Green energy jobs, Solar energy, Wind energy, Passive solar, Weatherizaton, North Carolina Green Business Fund

From GEO, Green Energy On-line November 22, 2010.

“Win win situations. Creating jobs, saving money and becoming more energy independent. What’s not to like?

That is what we believe. And that is what we are working on. GEO, Green Energy On-line, new company name for projects we have had in the works for a while and research that began in the 1970′s. We are focusing on passive solar and wind energy with some integration of active solar. Why? Because it is so simple and can be employed in existing and new home construction without major costs.

We are testing multiple passive solar strategies beginning with ones that are portable and smaller in scope. Our first and second passive solar projects are operational and providing heat. The first one feeds heat through a window passage. The second is attached to a crawl space opening and connected to ductwork. We are working on new designs that will be not only be cost effective but also unobtrusive and even attractive.

Our 2000 watt wind generator has been operational for over four months. As expected it produces electricity part of the time due to the lower wind speeds in the Piedmont of NC. However, it may come close to running as much as active solar panels. Remember, best case scenario, solar cells produce electricity on average 8 – 9 hours a day on sunny days.

We are working on a design that integrates solar and wind energy to drive a wind generator. This will greatly increase the output in lower wind areas and thus will make this option attractive to more people.

We are in the process of applying for a Pepsi Refresh Project grant. It is hoped that the public will see the value in our projects and in our vision for using down to earth simple techniques to take advantage of the “free energy” surrounding us, save money and put people to work. The beauty of spreading these simple technologies is that they will put many people to work in communities across our state and the nation.

Weatherization is another simple way to save money, become more energy independent and put people to work. A good friend of mine with a small electricial company is being very proactive in embracing new energy and energy saving technologies. He is currently updating his weatherization skills. We meet almost daily to discuss our projects. He has taken a keen interest in our projects and has helped on the installation.

The North Carolina Green Business Fund.

“As a State-authorized advisory board administered by the North Carolina Department of Commerce, the North Carolina Board of Science and Technology encourages, promotes, and supports scientific, engineering, and industrial research applications in North Carolina.

The Board is focused on accelerating North Carolina’s next generation of technology and technology companies.

The Board works to investigate new areas of emerging science and technology and conducts studies on the competitiveness of North Carolina industry and research institutions in these fields.

The Board also works with the North Carolina General Assembly and the Governor to put into place the infrastructure that keeps North Carolina on the cutting edge of science and technology.

Created in 1963 (the first such organization in the US), the Board has been responsible for the creation of a number of internationally recognized initiatives to catalyze the transformation of the North Carolina economy by leveraging university research, science, entrepreneurship, and technology-based economic development.”

http://www.ncscienceandtechnology.com/about.htm

The North Carolina Green Business Fund has used up all funding for 2010. We will seek funding from them in the future. However, many politicians speak in platitudes about becoming energy independent and putting people to work. This is simple. I am reminded of efforts from the Wright Brothers, Thomas Edison and others who, without initial government aid or prodding, persisted with hard work and changed the country and certainly created jobs.”

http://greenenergyon-line.com/2010/11/22/nc-jobs-green-energy-jobs-solar-energy-wind-energy-passive-solar-weatherizaton-north-carolina-green-business-fund/

Downtown Greensboro NC, Downtown Greensboro homes, Historic homes, Preservation Greensboro, Greensboro neighborhoods, College Hill, Bellemeade, Fisher Park, Aycock

From Preservation Greensboro:

“Treasured Places
Greensboro’s Most Treasured Places”

 
“There are few places that evoke such a diverse sense of Southern
American history as Greensboro. The cultural center of the Society
of Friends in the South gave birth to such notable personalities
as plucky First Lady Dolley Madison, the enigmatic writer O. Henry,
and pioneering broadcaster Edward R. Murrow. However, Greensboro’s
historical legacy is not limited solely to personalities. The city
has long been home to a large and vibrant African American
population, Southern Industrialists, and numerous institutions of
higher learning.”
“Economic and social upheaval of the Civil War capped growth in the
region until industrialists tapped the area’s low-wage labor pool,
efficient transportation system, and abundant cotton and tobacco
resources. With growth of the textile and cigarette industry in the
late nineteenth century, Greensboro’s population surged. This growth
resulted in the development of one of Greensboro’s hallmarks:
charming and well-defined neighborhoods such as College Hill,
Bellemeade, Fisher Park, and Aycock. A low-income housing crisis was
averted through establishment of self-contained mill villages
throughout the city that served burgeoning textile mills. The era
also saw growth of service sector jobs along South Elm Street,
illustrated by ambitious projects such as the Jefferson Standard
Life Insurance Headquarters, celebrated as the city’s first
skyscraper.”
“As Greensboro’s nineteenth century rail system facilitated the
city’s twentieth century manufacturing renaissance, industrial wealth
has endowed the city’s foundations and educational institutions to
great success. The city contains an inordinate number of generous
foundations that sponsor the development of parks, athletic
facilities, academic programs, and community arts initiatives. With
fewer headquarters and more back-office operations, Greensboro’s
future lies increasingly with its colleges and universities. The year
2008 will be Greensboro’s bicentennial, and though the city struggles
to assimilate its current identity with its future potential, its
soul is indelibly written in the facades and history of its treasured
places.”

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Kristin Wells, Kristin Wells tv show, Kristin Wells posters, photos, tools, books

Kristin Wells posters, photos, tools - would you prefer?
1) Kristin Wells posters
2) Kristin Wells photos
3) Kristin Wells tools
4) Kristin Wells books

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Kristin Wells was cohost of HomeMakers on Turner South, an all female home renovation show. Kristin is filming a new home remodeling show for HGTV in Charlotte NC. Based on demand for Kristin Wells posters in the past, we would like to know of interest in Kristin Wells posters, photos, tools, books or anything else the public may be interested in. If you have an interest in Kristin Wells posters, photos, tools, books, etc, place your vote or give us a comment. Thanks.

Kristin Wells tv show, vote for Kristin Wells’ brother to have tv show

Should Kristin Wells' brother have his own tv show?
1) Yes
2) No

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Kristin Wells, former cohost of HomeMakers, a home renovation show on Turner South, is filming a new renovation show for HGTV. Her younger brother has done some incredible home renovations and has a great outgoing personality and the look. Look at the photos below and give us your vote for the brother having his own tv remodeling show.

Some before pictures:

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Some after pictures and Kristin with her brother

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Julia Maulden, Habitat for Humanity, Julia’s Coffee Shop

I just read this incredible story and wanted to pass it along. Julia Maulden was an incredibly giving person and very active in Habitat for Humanity. The coffee shop adjacent to the Habitat Restore on Wendover Ave in Charlotte NC is named for her. Help continue her legacy of giving by visiting Julia’s Coffee Shop and the Habitat Restore. It is a great way to help yourself while helping others. The following is taken directly from the coffee shop website:

“Julia’s Coffee Shop is named after one of Charlotte’s pioneering public servants, Julia Maulden. As the first volunteer executive director, she helped get Habitat for Humanity started in Charlotte. She not only worked on the first Charlotte Habitat home, she also brought Jimmy Carter to the Optimist Park Neighborhood for a fourteen house Build-a-Thon.

Julia grew up poor in the segregated South, borrowing and working her way through Greensboro Women’s College during the Depression. That experience, combined with her religious beliefs shaped the course of her life. She said, “You can’t just sit around loving your neighbor abstractly; you have to get out and do something for him.”

Her public service began in Kannapolis with the local Girl Scout movement where she helped to build the Girl Scout camp that still bears her name–Camp Julia. In 1945 she was named Kannapolis’ woman of the year.

In 1960 she moved to Davidson, North Carolina with her family where she became active in the school system for her kids. Her involvement led to her eventual membership in the Charlotte Mecklenburg school board, which lasted from 1966-1974. This time proved to be an extremely turbulent period, when people were openly at odds over the desegregation of schools. With her firm beliefs, she became a strong advocate for integration, despite the risk and ridicule it involved. “Her innate intelligence helped her see the world in broader terms than most people around her,” said her Reverend, Will Terry. Julia’s determination to fight for what she knew was right earned her Charlotte’s Woman of the Year in 1973.

At the age of sixty she resigned from the school board and spent the next eighteen months in the Peace Corps teaching children in the African Nation of Zaire in a very challenging environment. When she returned, she spent the next chapter of her life bringing her former students to the US and paying their way through prominent schools such as Columbia University and Davidson College.

In 1991 she told the Charlotte Observer’s Tom Bradbury that to ask yourself, “Am I better off,” is the wrong question. “Are we better off? is the question.” Because of Julia, we know that the answer to that question is “Yes.””

Visit Julia’s Coffee Shop website at:

 http://www.juliascoffee.org/main.html

Charlotte home with pool in great location

I just previewed a home in one of the most desirable areas in south Charlotte. The incredible home is over 3500 square feet, with 4 large bedrooms, new or refinished flooring and many updates. It is not uncommon for homes in this neighborhood to sell in 1-3 days. The home has not been listed on MLS yet and is priced just over $ 500,000. And best of all, if you are moving to Charlotte from Florida or California, the home has an inground pool. This is an incredible home in a wonderful neighborhood and won’t be on the market long. For more information contact:

NorthCarolinaBroker@gmail.com

Kristin Wells, new HGTV show, HomeMakers, photos

Kristin Wells is filming a new show for HGTV in Charlotte NC. The show is about home remodeling for do it yourselfer’s and they are taking requests for home projects. The budget for each remodel is $ 3,000 and the project must be accomplished in a weekend. Kristin’s interest in home remodeling goes back many years and possibly to her childhood. Below is a picture of Kristin holding a hammer at age 3 and and one from her old TV show, HomeMakers.

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