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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