North Carolina has topped many lists in the past few years. It's one of the fastest growing states and ranks high for its business climate. But in energy efficiency, NC is wading somewhere in the middle of the pack nationwide.
Energy experts predict the down economy and heightened concerns about climate change may also help change minds - steering utilities, state government and residents to action. As part of our series North Carolina Voices: Tomorrow's Energy, reporter Leoneda Inge has the story of how communities are working towards energy efficiency.