Energy Efficiency http://nhpr.org en A Glimpse At Your Future Electric Bill? N.H. Utility Experiments Encourage Conservation http://nhpr.org/post/glimpse-your-future-electric-bill-nh-utility-experiments-encourage-conservation <p></p><p>New Hampshire’s two largest electric utilities are piloting new billing programs, aimed at getting people to save electricity. These programs could be part of a sea change in the way we are billed for electricity, aimed at encouraging efficiency and conservation. &nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">And while convincing Americans to use less energy has always been a bit of a slog, these two pilot programs in New Hampshire hope to change that. One uses the brunt force of economics and the other uses the subtle science of psychology.</span></p> Mon, 07 Apr 2014 20:33:33 +0000 Sam Evans-Brown 46339 at http://nhpr.org A Glimpse At Your Future Electric Bill? N.H. Utility Experiments Encourage Conservation Energy Efficiency - How N.H. Stacks Up http://nhpr.org/post/energy-efficiency-how-nh-stacks <p>A recent report places New Hampshire in the middle of the pack nationally when it comes to programs and policies to conserve energy, and that we’re behind the other New England states. We’ll look at the costs, regulations and the possible outcomes down the road.</p><p><strong><u>GUESTS:</u></strong></p> Thu, 09 Jan 2014 14:00:00 +0000 Laura Knoy 41486 at http://nhpr.org Energy Efficiency - How N.H. Stacks Up Push To Ramp Up Energy Efficiency Faces Hurdles Of Trust http://nhpr.org/post/push-ramp-energy-efficiency-faces-hurdles-trust <p>When it comes to investing in energy efficiency, many in New Hampshire’s clean energy sector are worried the state is falling behind the rest of the region. A recent <a href="http://aceee.org/state-policy/scorecard">national report</a> seems to bear that out. It ranks New Hampshire last in New England for efficiency policies. But efforts to ramp up the least controversial energy policy – using less – could have a hard time getting the support of the state’s business community.</p><p></p> Mon, 30 Dec 2013 22:25:30 +0000 Sam Evans-Brown 40717 at http://nhpr.org Push To Ramp Up Energy Efficiency Faces Hurdles Of Trust The Not So Dirty Job Of Toilet Testing http://nhpr.org/post/not-so-dirty-job-toilet-testing <p>More than a third of the world’s population don’t have access to clean, safe toilets. It’s a humanitarian and global health hazard, that the world bank drains $260 billion off the global economy each year. The Gates Foundation challenged engineers to develop commodes that are clean, cheap, and don’t require electricity, a sewage system, or even water. But as with and new product, you have to test it. That’s where <strong>John Koeller</strong> comes in. He’s principal engineer at <a href="http://www.map-testing.com/consumers/">Maximum Performance, a company who tests toilet efficiency, using its own – ahem—patented material. Mon, 09 Dec 2013 15:40:43 +0000 Virginia Prescott 39797 at http://nhpr.org The Not So Dirty Job Of Toilet Testing Air Conditioning Options http://nhpr.org/post/air-conditioning-options <p><strong>EarthTalk®<br>E - The Environmental Magazine</strong></p><p><strong><u>Dear EarthTalk</u></strong><strong>: Now that hot weather is coming, I want to upgrade my home’s A/C. Which are the most energy-saving models and should I go central air or window units?</strong></p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <em>-- Jackie Smith, Cary, NC</em></p><p> Sun, 12 May 2013 04:00:00 +0000 30252 at http://nhpr.org Air Conditioning Options How Energy Efficient is Underfloor Heating? http://nhpr.org/post/how-energy-efficient-underfloor-heating <P><STRONG>EarthTalk®<BR>E - The Environmental Magazine</STRONG></P> <P><STRONG><U>Dear EarthTalk</U></STRONG><STRONG>: How energy efficient (and comfortable) is underfloor heating, sometimes known as radiant heating?</STRONG>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Thu, 30 Aug 2012 14:34:47 +0000 11920 at http://nhpr.org How Energy Efficient is Underfloor Heating? Energy Efficiency Investment Slow to Catch On http://nhpr.org/post/energy-efficiency-investment-slow-catch <p>A new <a href="http://www.eos.unh.edu/news/indiv_news.shtml?NEWS_ID=1315">report </a>out from the New Hampshire Energy and Climate Collaborative&nbsp;finds that NH may not be doing enough to make homes more energy efficient.</p><p>Three years ago Governor John Lynch put forth his <a href="http://des.nh.gov/organization/divisions/air/tsb/tps/climate/action_plan/documents/nhcap_final.pdf">climate action plan</a>, a roadmap for how to reduce the states carbon emissions. Number one on the list of strategies: maximize energy efficiency in buildings. But&nbsp;getting homeowners to invest in efficiency has been harder than policymakers had hoped. Mon, 02 Jul 2012 14:07:33 +0000 Sam Evans-Brown 7984 at http://nhpr.org Energy Efficiency Investment Slow to Catch On PSNH Teams With CDFA to Ramp Up Energy Efficiency Programs http://nhpr.org/post/psnh-teams-cdfa-ramp-energy-efficiency-programs <p>Two New Hampshire Energy efficiency programs are <a href="http://myemail.constantcontact.com/PSNH-News--PSNH---CDFA-Offer-Home-Weatherization-Program.html?soid=1102549438859&amp;aid=LsSgHZPj2X4">teaming up</a> to try to weatherize more New Hampshire homes. The<a href="http://www.nhcdfa.org/"> Community Development Finance Authority </a>is combining its weatherization program with <a href="http://www.psnh.com/For-My-Home.aspx">Public Service&nbsp;of New Hampshire&rsquo;s</a>.</p> Thu, 14 Jun 2012 21:32:16 +0000 Sam Evans-Brown 6918 at http://nhpr.org PSNH Teams With CDFA to Ramp Up Energy Efficiency Programs Lawmakers Decide to Scale-Back - But Not Repeal - RGGI http://nhpr.org/post/lawmakers-decide-scale-back-not-repeal-rggi <p>Lawmakers in the New Hampshire House and Senate have agreed to try to reform&nbsp;<a href="http://www.rggi.org/">RGGI &ndash; the region&rsquo;s carbon cap-and-trade program</a> &ndash; instead of trying to repeal it outright.</p><p>The bill that will go to the House and Senate for a final vote would only send around half of the RGGI fund money to <a href="http://www.puc.nh.gov/Electric/coreenergyefficiencyprograms.htm">energy efficiency programs</a>.&nbsp;The rest would be rebated to electricity rate-payers.</p> Mon, 28 May 2012 09:30:00 +0000 Sam Evans-Brown 5595 at http://nhpr.org Lawmakers Decide to Scale-Back - But Not Repeal - RGGI Energy Efficiency Programs Hang in the Political Balance http://nhpr.org/post/energy-efficiency-programs-hang-political-balance <p>Republican are working at finding common language on a bill that would weaken or repeal the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, or RGGI.&nbsp;They will have to agree on a version that will get enough votes to overcome a governor&rsquo;s veto. Mon, 21 May 2012 09:30:00 +0000 Sam Evans-Brown 5182 at http://nhpr.org Energy Efficiency Programs Hang in the Political Balance