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Reduce Energy Costs, Improve Safety, Comfort & Productivity

Posted on Friday, July 21, 2017 in @ Municipalities, @ Work

Your rural small-business may be eligible for a low-cost energy audit to help you save money and improve energy efficiency. The Community Development Finance Authority (CDFA) is now accepting applications from Agricultural Producers & Rural Small Businesses throughout New Hampshire interested in low-cost energy audits for their facility. Eligible participants will receive a comprehensive energy…

Seal In Energy Efficiency and Comfort

Posted on Thursday, June 22, 2017 in @ Home

If you are looking for ways to improve the energy efficiency of your home, air sealing is an affordable investment that will reduce energy costs, while improving the comfort and durability of your home. To begin, locate the areas where air leakage is occurring; often it is where two different materials meet, such as brick…

Spray Foam Insulation and Natural Gas Appliances: An Energy-Saving Combination

Posted on Tuesday, June 6, 2017 in @ Home

Key Points Spray polyurethane foam insulation can achieve air tightness of 0.10 to 0.20 air changes per hour. Air tight homes require sealed-combustion HVAC appliances and mechanical ventilation. Sealed-combustion appliances fueled with natural gas cost less to operate than electric ones. Spray polyurethane foam (SPF) is a popular insulation product for homes and buildings; especially…

Smart Thermostats Make Saving Energy Easier

Posted on Thursday, May 25, 2017 in @ Home

New smart thermostats make saving energy very convenient. These brainy, next-generation models contain built-in Wi-Fi technology that allows you to control them remotely through your computer or mobile device. You can also get weather updates, service reminders, and more. So, is a smart thermostat right for you? These devices are typically fun and easy to…

Home Weatherization: Save Money and Increase Comfort

Posted on Monday, May 1, 2017 in @ Home

Space conditioning is the largest source of energy use in most homes, and air leaks can waste a significant amount of your energy dollars. You can save up to 10 percent on heating and cooling costs and make your home more comfortable year-round by sealing air leaks.

Attic Insulation: Savings From the Top Down

Posted on Friday, April 28, 2017 in @ Home

Adding insulation to the attic is one of the most cost-effective, energy-saving measures a homeowner can make. In addition to reducing heat loss in the winter and heat gain in the summer, attic floor insulation improves comfort by providing even temperature distribution throughout the house. To optimize energy savings and maximize comfort, insulation must be installed properly….

Multi-Tenant Buildings: Making Space for Energy Efficiency

Posted on Tuesday, April 11, 2017 in @ Work

Key Points Investing in energy efficiency increases asset value and makes available space more attractive. A phased approach to efficiency upgrades can help with financing and reduce tenant inconvenience. Optimizing energy savings requires a collaborative effort between property managers and tenants. Maximizing profits is often a primary goal of building owners and managers, so investing…

Go Ductless & Help Your Homeowners Save!

Posted on Wednesday, April 5, 2017 in @ Home, @ Work

Key Points Hybrid-ductless heat pumps are a cost-effective option for heating and cooling. Average savings for seven houses in Tacoma, WA was 2,636 kWh per year. Proper installation and operation is critical for optimum performance. Homeowners want a comfortable house no matter the outside temperature and they also want such comfort at an affordable cost….

Understanding the Basics of Insulation

Posted on Tuesday, March 28, 2017 in @ Home

Insulation is arguably the most important element in achieving energy efficiency in your heating and cooling system and in maximizing home comfort. Primarily, it works to slow the flow of heat or cold through your home’s walls, but it can also have a small impact in sealing outside drafts and air from unheated spaces. R-value…

Will Your Home Pass an Energy Audit?

Posted on Wednesday, March 22, 2017 in @ Home

Home Performance with ENERGY STAR is a comprehensive, whole house approach to improving energy efficiency and comfort at home, while reducing your energy costs and helping the environment.