Geothermal Heat Pumps - Everything You Need to Know

What is a Geothermal Heat Pump?

The Label is the Law

How many of us buy a product and are so sure we know how to use it, we skip reading the instructions? WD40 is a great example. It is an excellent lubricant for door hinges and other squeaky places but it is not appropriate to use as a killing spray. I mention this because I have had homeowners call in to tell me strange things over the years...just to kill a bug.

Icy Conditions, No Problem!

Are you prepared for changing weather conditions?Are you part of the social chaos of racing to the stores with the anticipated threat of bad weather?What preparations do you have in place in the event the next unanticipated ice or snow storm catches you, and the weather forecasters, by surprise?

Help PEA increase its impact in 2015

It's hard to believe that the hustle and bustle of the holiday season is coming to a close and there are only a few days left in 2014. Thanks to your continued support, Piedmont Environmental Alliance has had a pretty amazing year. 

Urban Homesteading: Building a Chicken Coop

I’m on a personal quest to build an Urban Homestead. Urban homesteading is about taking a step backwards and living a simpler, purposeful life but doing it in a city environment – surrounded by the modern world.

Bugs in my creek? Why they are a vital part of stream habitats.

Many people have seen flies of various types near creeks and rivers. If you like fishing, you may recognize some of these names: mayflies, stoneflies, caddisflies, dragonflies and dobsonflies.

Did you know that these critters are needed for the ecosystem? Most of these flies begin their life cycles in the stream and are food for fish. As a group, they are called benthic macroinvertebrates.

Support PEA on #GivingTuesday

The terms Black Friday and Cyber Monday have become synonymous with the holidays. Now, join with thousands of others to proclaim #GivingTuesday as one of the most important days this holiday season — a day to give back.

Giving Thanks

There's no better time to say thank you than on the eve of this Thanksgiving holiday. Here at Piedmont Environmental Alliance we have a lot to be thankful for. We are a grassroots, passion-filled, volunteer-run organization.

PEA announces expanded programming, honors volunteers and elects new Board Members.

At the Piedmont Environmental Alliance (PEA) Annual Meeting, held November 18, 2014 at Temple Emanuel in Winston-Salem, PEA announced plans for expanded programming, named a volunteer and green business of the year and welcomed new board members.

Board of Directors Candidates 2014 - 2016 Term

At the 2014 Annual Meeting, being held on Tuesday, November 18 at Temple Emanuel in Winston-Salem, the PEA membership will vote to approve candidates for the Board of Directors 2014-2016 term and approve a new slate of officers.  

Bring Back the Buffer with Shoreline Gardening

Did you know that typical landscaping practices could actually harm rivers and creeks? Most people that live by water resources like to remove all the landscape for a clear view. Why not, if you live near the water, you want to see it! Much like with gardening, living around water brings a sense of calm and relaxation. Landscaping around a waterway with lawn and mowing all the way to the banks increases stormwater runoff. This runoff carries fertilizer, pesticides, sediments, and pet waste from lawns directly into waterways, polluting the aquatic environment.

Sustainably Simple Solar Projects to Help Offset Winter Utilities

Tired of the ever increasing cost of utilities for your home? Feeling helpless to power bills that rise as the temperature drops, regardless of how many sweaters you pack on?  If you are interested in saving on heating, cooking and hot water costs, solutions are easier than you might think.  Solar power is a valuable resource and quite the game-changer for those of us interested in sustainability and sustaining our wallet-girth.

Uninvited House Guests

It’s that time of year when all types of creatures begin to seek shelter; sometimes in our homes. Not all of these creatures are interested in harming our building structure; they’re just looking for shelter over winter. Some of the most common invaders in large numbers are Asian ladybugs, Brown Marmorated stink bugs, and box elder bugs.

Sustainable Simplicity

Tired of being a slave to society’s expectations and the ever increasing cost of living? Do you want to have a small footprint, off-grid, minimalistic and mortgage-free home? Are you interested in learning more about becoming an urban homesteader, with a frugal, self-reliant, sustainable and simple lifestyle? Consider participating in one or more Meetup groups to learn about sustainable living and make changes in your life.  

2014 PEA Annual Meeting

Tuesday, November 18, 2014 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Join us for a special evening to celebrate a successful year, honor our exemplary community volunteers and green businesses, welcome new board members and share exciting news about the future of Piedmont Environmental Alliance. 

Complimentary desserts and refreshments will be provided. Raffle items include restaurant gift certificates, wine tours and tastings, wellness packages, college sports tickets and much more! 

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