Local Energy Solutions Conference March 31

Interested in smart energy solutions?

The Fourth Annual Local Energy Solutions Conference is coming up on March 31 at the Merrimack Valley High School in Penacook, New Hampshire.

For details, see the flier below or go to www.cleanair-coolplanet.org.

New London Hosts Button Up for Energy Savings Dec. 8th

“Just as the rest of us have been focusing on Town budgets and personal finances, the New London Energy Committee has quietly been doing the same, working to raise awareness about energy consumption at the Town and household levels,” reports New London Town Administrator Jessie Levine. “On Wednesday, December 8 at 7:00 PM, the Energy Committee will host its second annual “Button Up for Energy Savings” presentation at Tracy Library. Two energy experts from the Coalition for Energy Solutions of Quechee, Vermont, will discuss how simple home improvements such as building up insulation, sealing drafty windows and doors, as well as washing dishes by dishwasher rather than by hand can add-up to even as much as 2:1 savings on energy bills.”

via Dec. 1, 2010 – New London, NH Town Administrator Jessie Levine’s column on Sunacom.com.

Keeping up with what’s going on in Concord

Front Door Politics (in NH) says, “We’ve got something for everyone.” And they sure do. Whether you’re a casual observer, political junkie or have a special interest, check out it out. Last week’s daily updates, all about Granite State politics and policy decisions, covered:

For more…visit Front Door Politics.

Want to be an energy auditor?

Contractors in New Hampshire and Vermont have a chance to get into a new and growing sector of the building industry, the energy audit business. A training will be held in the Upper Valley starting May 20th.

New Hampshire electric utilities and Efficiency Vermont, which implements efficiency programs in the Green Mountain state, currently offer financial incentives to homeowners for getting energy audits and completing weatherization measures on their homes by certified contractors (Building Performance Institute (BPI) certified Home Performance with ENERGY STAR (HPwES) contractors).

Pending federal legislation, as well, would give up to $8,000 in additional incentives for HPwES retrofit work, according to Bob Walker, director of the Sustainable Energy Resource Group (SERG).

The training to prepare participants for BPI certification exams involves eight day-long classes that will be held on Thursdays and Fridays, May 20 through June 11, at Lebanon College in Lebanon, NH. Students will develop an understanding of how a house works as an energy system, fundamental and advanced insulation and air sealing principles, combustion safety protocols, and advanced residential building envelope diagnostics skills.

For course details and cost and to register, contact Lakes Region Community College, Andree Thibault, athibault@ccsnh.edu, at 603-524-3207 or 1-800-357-2992. LRCC is conducting the training, which is part of the Upper Valley Home Energy Assistance Team (UV-HEAT) initiative that works with contractors, businesses and homeowners to promote home weatherization efforts throughout the region.

UV-HEAT is organized by Sustainable Energy Resource Group (SERG), COVER Home Repair, and Upper Valley Housing Coalition.  For more information on UV-HEAT contact 802-785-4126 or email SERG@valley.net.

SERG promotes energy conservation, efficiency and renewables through the formation of town energy committees to help residents, businesses and the municipalities reduce energy consumption, save money, increase the sustainable use of renewables, strengthen the local economy and improve the environment.

Abbott Library Offers Cut the Carbon Kits

The Abbott Library in Sunapee now has four Cut the Carbon kits for loan. Library Director John Walden said the kits are available for two week loan and include a Kill a Watt meter, an instruction sheet, brochure with energy saving tips, and a survey card. The kits were provided free of charge through a program sponsored by NH Saves and the NH State Library.

Clean Air-Cool Planet Give Energy Savings Tips

Looking for ways to save money and energy? Clean Air-Cool Planet has put together a list of the top 20 energy-savings tips for the home, kitchen and car. Check it out via http://www.cleanair-coolplanet.org/action/energysavingtips.php

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Button Up! Weatherization Workshop in New London Dec. 10

Buttoning up is all about saving energy and saving money while staying warmer. Buttoning up also helps to reduce a community’s carbon footprint, its greenhouse gas emissions.

A Weatherizing and Home Energy-Savings Workshop led by Bob Walker of the Sustainable Energy Resource Group (SERG) will be held in New London at Tracy Library on Thursday, December 10 at 7 p.m. Registration is at 6:45 p.m.

Walker is one of the founders of Button Up Vermont, a highly successful program that originated in Vermont. It works with town energy committees, educational centers, civic groups, businesses, and non-profit organizations throughout the area to organize free home energy saving workshops. Workshops are now being offered in New Hampshire.

Thursday’s program is sponsored by the New London Energy Committee and made possible by Clean Air-Cool Planet and the New England Carbon Challenge, in partnership with SERG.

Workshop participants will learn about the:

  • homes energy loss
  • simple do-it-yourself measures for energy savings
  • extensive retrofits that offer significant energy savings
  • technical and financial resources.

Educational materials and contact information for energy service providers and lending institutions that offer low-interest loans for energy retrofits will be made available.

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Rebates for NH Small Wind and Solar Panels

Thinking of a residential renewable energy system, installing small wind or solar photovoltaic panels? Looking for some added financial incentives? The Sustainable Energy Division of the NH Public Utilities Commission has put together a draft application that would help homeowners with some of the cost, by providing a one-time rebate of no more than $6,000 or 50% of the system cost, whichever is less. The rebate would apply to installed systems that have a peak generating capacity of less than 5 kilowatts.

According to a Concord Monitor article (State offers windmill, solar panel incentive – April 23, 2003), “The money would come from the Renewable Energy Fund, created by a program that requires utilities to purchase or produce renewable energy as a percentage of what they sell. If they can’t comply, they pay into the fund. Director Jack Ruderman said he hopes to begin taking applications for rebates by July 1.”

View the draft application at NH-PUC Sustainable Energy Division.

Green Your Home! Says Local Bank

“Green Your Home!” encouraged Lake Sunapee Bank in a recent email message to patrons. The bank was recognizing Earth Day and the energy efficiency of electronic statements. The message gave ways to reduce one’s carbon footprint.

  • Turn off what you’re not using and even unplug electronics you’re not using – reduces your carbon footprint by thousands of pounds a year.
  • Replace inefficient incandescent light bulbs with energy star bulbs – reduces your carbon footprint by 450 pounds a year.
  • Keep your tires properly inflated and get better gas mileage – reduces your carbon footprint another 20 pounds for each gallon of gas saved.
  • Move your heater thermostat down two degrees in winter and up two degrees in the summer – reduces your carbon footprint by 2,000 pounds.
  • Use cold water to wash your clothes – reduces your carbon footprint by 500 pounds a year.

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A Change We Can All Make is “Blowing in the Wind”

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Join in National Hanging Out Day on April 19, urges community organizer Alex Lee, Concord (NH). Lee is the the executive director of Project Laundry List.

When you think of hanging out laundry to dry, what do you picture in your head?  Maybe a woman reaching up for the line with colorful clothes while laughing children dart in and out of the orderly lines of bed linens?  It sounds nostalgic, but not many of us use a clothes line anymore, Lee points out.

Yet, air drying clothes benefits the pocketbook and the planet. It makes me feel good to line dry laundry despite the extra time it may take, a Sunapee neighbor said. Her family air dries their clothes year-round using a basement area in winter.

Using a clothesline or drying rack instead of a dryer can save the average household more than a hundred dollars every year in energy costs, according to Lee.  On average, among household appliances, only the refrigerator uses more electricity than the dryer.  Washing with cold water and air-drying can reduce your monthly electric bill up to 15 percent.

Project Laundry List wants Americans to get back to the days when using a clothesline was the best way, and the most acceptable way, to dry laundry. For more information, visit www.laundrylist.org or email Project Laundry List Director Alexander Lee at info@laundrylist.org.

Climate Scientist Hansen Speaks in NH April 2

World-renowned climate scientist Dr. James Hansen will speak to the NH state legislature and the public about the impacts of global warming on Thursday, April 2 at the State House in Concord, NH. The event will take place at Representatives Hall from 11 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Yes, the public is invited to attend.

Your presence in numbers will send an important message that we are ready for bold action on climate change. – 1Sky Organizer Ada Aroneanu

For more information and to become more involved with 1Sky in your area, contact 1Sky Regional Coordinator Gail Denemark at: gdenemark@yahoo.com

Sunapee’s Abbott Library Sponsors “Menu for the Future”

vei_menuFood impacts our lives and environment in so many ways, on a multitude of levels. Yet, few people take the time to weigh questions such as: “Where is my food coming from?” and “What are the implications of my food choices?”

In response to a growing need to consider the larger implications of our food choices and understand food’s relationship to sustainability, Abbott Library and the Vermont Earth Institute are offering a discussion group: Menu for the Future.

The first session will be on Thursday, March 12th from 6-7:30 p.m. at the Abbott Library. For more information and to register, contact Abbott Library at 603-763-5513. The course is free; course books are available on loan from the library.  Space is limited. Continue reading

National Teach-In: Solutions for the First 100 Days

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Sunapee News joined the National-In and would like to receive and share news about local activities to do with: Energy and the environment, the green economy and smart, sustainable practices. What’s happenin’ in your NH town, school, workplace and home? Email: SunapeeNews@gmail.com

National Teach-In on Global Warming Solutions

teachin-unclesamDo you know about the National Teach-In on Thursday, February 5?

Organized by a non-profit organization, Education for Global Warming Solutions (EdSolv), in Portland, Oregon, the Teach-In is about climate change and finding solutions to global warming.

Hundreds of colleges, universities, high schools and K-8 schools across the country and faith-based institutions, civic groups, libraries and businesses are signed up to participate.

The Teach-In has four main components: A Webcast, Teach-in, Dialogue and Calendar of 100 Days of Action.

At a critical moment at the beginning of the new administration, help mobilize thousands of institutions and millions of Americans, and on this one day, raise global warming solutions to the top of the nation’s agenda……The only thing powerful enough to overcome DC gridlock is a mobilized American public—so get moving, and tell a teacher (or a leader at your church, synagogue or mosque) to join the Teach-In! – National Teach-In on Global Warming Solutions

Sunapee News would like hear about National Teach-In events planned for New Hampshire and if you intend to organize or participate in any activities.

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Climate Change Etcetera

Think Globally, Act Locally The New London Energy Committee has been working on energy issues since July 2007. After Town Meeting approved a Carbon Coalition warrant article, the Committee formed and quickly agreed on two major goals:

1) To make recommendations to residents about their consumption levels; and 2) to make recommendations to the Town for fuel use and building construction and other energy-saving measures.

The local committee has produced several articles about Energy Matters: building envelopes, global warming, and solar panels. Members also write letters in the local newspaper, such as to explain the selectmen policy on idling town vehicles and how individuals can reduce their own vehicle emissions. The group also wrote and published  “Shrink Your Lawn” and “Lights Out”–all available on the New London, town website. Continue reading

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