Energy Efficiency

New England Snapshot - Vermont
12:42 pm
Wed December 10, 2014

Weatherization Funding Rises And Falls As Winter Sets In

A home in the Northeast Kingdom is warmer in winter, after being weatherized through services offered by RuralEdge, a housing agency serving low-income families. The state's goal to weatherize 80,000 homes by 2020 is behind schedule, despite new funding.
RuralEdge

Originally published on Wed December 10, 2014 8:25 am

As winter arrives, many Vermonters are probably going to be shivering – indoors. The state wants to weatherize 80,000 homes, a quarter of them owned or occupied by people with low incomes, by 2020.

But that goal is behind schedule, even though some new money is coming in.

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Environment
5:37 pm
Tue May 6, 2014

Shaheen-Portman Efficiency Bill Headed Back To Senate Floor

A bi-partisan bill that is a major policy priority for Senator Jeanne Shaheen has easily cleared a procedural vote in the US senate. 79 Senators voted in favor of starting debate on the Energy Savings and Industrial Competitiveness Act, which would ramp up incentives for federal and private spending on energy efficiency measures.

Shaheen is co-sponsoring the bill with Republican Senator Rob Portman from Ohio.

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Environment
4:33 pm
Mon April 7, 2014

A Glimpse At Your Future Electric Bill? N.H. Utility Experiments Encourage Conservation

Home Energy reports like this one are being sent out to as many as 25,000 customers as part of a PSNH pilot program.
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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.  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.

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The Exchange
9:00 am
Thu January 9, 2014

Energy Efficiency - How N.H. Stacks Up

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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.

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Environment
5:25 pm
Mon December 30, 2013

Push To Ramp Up Energy Efficiency Faces Hurdles Of Trust

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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 national report 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.

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Word of Mouth
10:40 am
Mon December 9, 2013

The Not So Dirty Job Of Toilet Testing

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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 John Koeller comes in. He’s principal engineer at Maximum Performance, a company who tests toilet efficiency, using its own – ahem—patented material.

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EarthTalk
12:00 am
Sun May 12, 2013

Air Conditioning Options

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EarthTalk®
E - The Environmental Magazine

Dear EarthTalk: 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?

                                                                                                               -- Jackie Smith, Cary, NC

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Blogs
10:34 am
Thu August 30, 2012

How Energy Efficient is Underfloor Heating?

An installation in progress. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, radiant underfloor heating is more efficient than baseboard or forced-air heating and can run off of a variety of energy sources.
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EarthTalk®
E - The Environmental Magazine


Dear EarthTalk: How energy efficient (and comfortable) is underfloor heating, sometimes known as radiant heating?                                                                                              -- Marcy Dell, Boston, MA

Underfloor radiant heating involves under laying the floor with a hot element or tubing that transfers heat into the room via infrared radiation and convection, obviating the need for forced or blowing air.

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NH News
10:07 am
Mon July 2, 2012

Energy Efficiency Investment Slow to Catch On

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A new report out from the New Hampshire Energy and Climate Collaborative finds that NH may not be doing enough to make homes more energy efficient.

Three years ago Governor John Lynch put forth his climate action plan, a roadmap for how to reduce the states carbon emissions. Number one on the list of strategies: maximize energy efficiency in buildings. But getting homeowners to invest in efficiency has been harder than policymakers had hoped.

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Environment
5:32 pm
Thu June 14, 2012

PSNH Teams With CDFA to Ramp Up Energy Efficiency Programs

A blower door test is one of the first steps for homeowners hoping to reduce their energy bills.
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Two New Hampshire Energy efficiency programs are teaming up to try to weatherize more New Hampshire homes. The Community Development Finance Authority is combining its weatherization program with Public Service of New Hampshire’s.

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Politics
5:30 am
Mon May 28, 2012

Lawmakers Decide to Scale-Back - But Not Repeal - RGGI

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Lawmakers in the New Hampshire House and Senate have agreed to try to reform RGGI – the region’s carbon cap-and-trade program – instead of trying to repeal it outright.

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 energy efficiency programs. The rest would be rebated to electricity rate-payers.

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Environment
5:30 am
Mon May 21, 2012

Energy Efficiency Programs Hang in the Political Balance

RGGI seeks to curb CO2 emissions from power plants.
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Republican are working at finding common language on a bill that would weaken or repeal the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, or RGGI. They will have to agree on a version that will get enough votes to overcome a governor’s veto.

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