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What Can You Do with a $1’s Worth of Energy?

Posted on Friday, November 21, 2014 in @ Home

Paying for utilities isn’t like shopping at the grocery store. When you buy a pound of beef, you know precisely what you are getting, but energy can seem like just another bill to pay. Sure, you understand that energy heats and cools your home, fuels your appliances and powers your TV and electronic devices; but…

Open the Door to Savings with a High-Performance Refrigerator

Posted on Tuesday, November 18, 2014 in @ Home

Refrigerators keep food fresh, but they are among the biggest energy users in your home. Thanks to technological improvements, today’s refrigerators use far less energy than older models. If your unit is at least 10 years old, consider replacing it with a new, energy-efficient product. What are the savings? When shopping for a new refrigerator…

How To Use a Programmable Thermostat

Posted on Friday, October 24, 2014 in @ Home, @ Municipalities, @ Work

A programmable thermostat is one of the most affordable and effective ways to save energy in your home. It will allow you to reduce heating and cooling costs by up to 15 percent for a small investment. For optimum performance, it is important to follow the manufacturer’s installation guidelines and use instructions. Installing a programmable…

Save Big with Low-Flow Pre-Rinse Spray Valves

Posted on Friday, October 10, 2014 in @ Municipalities, @ Work

Key Points Conventional spray valves consume up to one-third of the water used in a commercial kitchen. Food service establishments use approximately 51 billion gallons of water every year to rinse dishes. Replacing one fixture can save $115 to $165 per year in energy and water costs. There are many opportunities for commercial kitchens to increase…

Economizers Provide Free Cooling

Posted on Friday, September 26, 2014 in @ Municipalities, @ Work

Key Points Economizers save energy by bringing in outside air to supplement or replace mechanical cooling. Dry-bulb controls sense only temperature, while enthalpy controls sense temperature and humidity. A properly operating economizer can reduce cooling energy costs as much as 10 percent. Summer air conditioning is a significant operating expense for most facilities. For operations…

Intelligent LEDs: A Brighter Lighting System

Posted on Friday, August 29, 2014 in @ Municipalities, @ Work

Key Points Intelligent LED lighting systems include sensors, power monitoring and networked communications. LED lights are dimmable and restart immediately, making them good candidates for intelligent control. Intelligent LED systems can reduce energy and maintenance costs through controlling and tracking. Light-emitting diode (LED) lamps are more energy efficient and longer lasting than conventional lighting technologies….

Renewable Energy Grants Available in New Hampshire

Posted on Wednesday, August 27, 2014 in @ Municipalities, @ Work

The New Hampshire Public Utilities Commission (NHPUC) recently announced the release of the Utilities Commission’s 2014 Request for Proposals (RFP) for Renewable Energy Projects. A copy of the RFP is attached, and is also posted on the Commission’s website. Funding is available for electrical and thermal renewable energy projects in the “non-residential” sector in New Hampshire….

Water Conservation is Making a Splash!

Posted on Friday, August 15, 2014 in @ Home

Water is something we often take for granted, but the truth is clean, healthy water is not an endless resource. The average American home uses 350 gallons of water per day or 127,000 gallons per year, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). This results in water bills of $500 per year or more….

Cooling Down

Posted on Wednesday, July 23, 2014 in @ Home

If you are looking at ways to cool down in the summer heat, energy efficient fans and air conditioning can certainly help. From inexpensive box fans to full central air installations, ENERGY STAR® options will help you save money and energy on your cooling needs, and you’ll be doing your part to help use our…

Tips for Buying a New Air Conditioner

Posted on Thursday, May 29, 2014 in @ Home

• Don’t hire a contractor who wants to size your unit based solely on the floor area of your house. • Even though it will cost more initially, buying a higher efficiency unit saves money in the long run. • Different models have different abilities to handle humidity (moisture) Selecting the correct air conditioner for…