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Author Archives: Eric Henry

About Eric Henry

Eric Henry, president of TS Designs, is one-half of the dynamic duo that owns TSD. Alongside his business partner and TSD CEO Tom Sineath, Eric has been in the screenprinting business for over 30 years. Eric's duties at TSD range from sales to operations to PR. He is the foremost public face of TSD, attending numerous trade shows, giving speeches to groups and universities and hosting tours of the TSD facility. His boundless enthusiasm and energy have gained him a certain level of notoriety at most of them, even winning him the Sustainability Champion award from Sustainable North Carolina in 2009. Outside of TS Designs, Eric devotes much of his time volunteer organizations, serving on the boards of several community associations. He founded the Burlington Biodiesel Co-op and has run his car on biodiesel (or straight vegetable oil) since 2004. His latest project is working as a board member of Company Shops Market in downtown Burlington. Opening in Spring 2011, the local co-op grocery will reconnect local agriculture to Alamance County. He also serves on the boards of Alamance County Chamber of Commerce, Specialty Graphic Imaging Association, Elon University Environmental Science and the Burlington Downtown Corporation. Eric was born in Radford, Virginia. When he was 3, he moved to Burlington, NC, where he has lived for most of his life since. He attended NC State University for 2 years, then transferred to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. While at UNC-CH, Eric founded Creative Screen Designs, a screenprinting operation dedicated to the college market. Before the start of his senior year at Chapel Hill, Eric left school to join Tom Sineath as co-owner of TS Designs, Inc. He recently completed an online permaculture class from NC State. Quote: "I want to push the window of sustainability in order to change the direction of the American society."

The Apple Treed Guild

I want a part of my blog to make the connection between energy savings and utilizing the Permaculture principles.  To me, it does not make sense to establish a net zero home that is not connected with the surrounding environment.  Two key components for developing a Permaculture plan is having vision and even more important … Continue reading »

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Ground Source Heat Pump

Last week, we threw the switch to our geothermal HVAC system that is correctly called a ground source heat pump.  When we bought this house, we knew the almost 20 year old, inefficient HVAC propane heat pump had to be replaced before winter.   As we made plans for this conversion, we learned that we … Continue reading »

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The Permaculture Piece

It has been a few years since Bonnie Hutchinson introduced the Permaculture principles to me. We had hired Bonnie to paint a vision for the four acres at TS Designs. When we started construction on our building 22 years ago, we had to fight very hard to protect the one pin oak tree that was … Continue reading »

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Bringing it together to manage our electricity

Last week, a Smart Meter from Randolph Electrical Membership Cooperative was installed at our home. This was the final piece for managing our electricity, and now we can start monitoring and reducing our electrical energy cost in real time.  Consumers are purchasing energy saving appliances, CFL light bulbs, or adding more insulation to their attics. … Continue reading »

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Staying with the tank

About seven years ago, Lisa and I remodeled the kitchen at our home on Parkview Drive.  The one big thing that I got to add to the project was a Bosch Aquastar natural gas tankless hot water heater.  Too bad it was hidden behind the refrigerator.  I’ll never forget the plumber who did the installation.  He had … Continue reading »

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Why Care?

When I started making biodiesel about nine years ago people would ask me why?  At the time, I could buy diesel fuel at the pump for about $1, and it was going to cost me about $1 to make the biodiesel. Then I had to factor in my time, and the almost $3k in equipment … Continue reading »

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Switching to LED lighting

As Lisa and I started to acclimate ourselves to our new house, we quickly noted in the kitchen the heat coming off the ceiling from the 150 watt incandescent floodlights.  We later determined that was the light bulb of choice used throughout the house. To be exact, we found 15 of the 150-watt floodlights just … Continue reading »

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R50, Local, Sustainable and No Itching

One of the things that came from our energy audit done by Southern Energy Management (SEM) was to increase the insulation in our attic.  I will talk more about the SEM report in a later blog.  Nineteen years ago, our house was constructed to the required R30 insulation in the attic. Now, construction consultants recommend … Continue reading »

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The Journey Begins

The main reason for starting this blog is to track our progress as we convert our newly-owned house into a green and sustainable home.  The house is beautiful, but in my opinion not connected to the land; it looks as if it was just dropped on the land. The land around our new home is … Continue reading »

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