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Revamped HHI Tool is First Step to a More Energy-Efficient Home

With an eye on making life easier and homes more energy efficient, NHSaves has unveiled a revamped online tool that calculates fuel usage and qualifies residential customers for rebates and incentives through the Audits and Weatherization program.

The improved home heating index tool (HHI), which launched on the NHSaves’ website on […]

Energy Audits for the Home Owner

The naked eye cannot detect heat loss in a home. Photos courtesy of Michael Canavan

Michael Canavan

In today’s home environment, greater consideration is given to the energy usage of residential buildings – from multi-unit buildings to tiny houses. The adoption of higher performance energy codes is helping to improve energy usage in the […]

LEED Performance Buildings in the Northeast

Environmental benefits include composting toilets

Composting takes place in all soils that support plant and animal life. As waste breaks down in the composter a less chemically complex, more chemically stable substance rich in organic matter and very similar to soil is produced. Human waste consisting mostly of water is reduced by over 90%. By-products […]

Do-It-Yourself Energy Upgrades

Vermiculite insulation may contain asbestos and should not be disturbed. Photo by David Keefe.

David Keefe

Vermonters are a handy bunch. Many of us build, repair, or renovate things on our own. If you are considering an energy-efficiency upgrade, you might be thinking about doing it yourself. This article is the first in a […]

Wentworth Community Housing:

A Look at The Upper Valley’s New Solar-Powered, Super-Insulated Apartments

Extraordinarily affordable and energy-efficient multi-unit building to open in White River Junction this summer

Wentworth Community Housing will be getting most of its energy from the sun, thanks to a 70 kW-DC PV array installed by Norwich Solar Technologies. Efficiencies are seen thoughout the […]

AeroBarrier: Case Study No.1

Lake Placid Cabin: all is set up for AeroBarrier install. Photos courtesy of Nate Gusakov

Nate Gusakov

In our last article we introduced AeroBarrier. Here’s a quick refresher:

In essence, the system involves blower door pressurization of the house (to +100 pascals), a series of tripods with […]

NHSaves Earns Highest Energy Star Leadership Award

NHSaves, a leader in guiding residential, commercial, industrial and municipal gas and electric customers toward energy savings through incentive-based programs, has earned the highest ENERGY STAR honor bestowed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE).

NH Saves received the 2019 ENERGY STAR Partner of the […]

Tiny Houses for the Planet

Lincoln tiny house on wheels at Mt. Hood tiny house village near Portland, Oregon. Image:

Jessie Haas

Tiny houses are hot these days. But practical? Can they help save the planet? Quite possibly.

A tiny house is usually 400 square feet (sf) or less, with the average being 186 sf. (By comparison the […]

Net-Zero Apartments – Rotterdam, New York

Solara Apartments has an 155kW photovoltaic array and fourteen solar hot water panels on the roof for each of the twenty-four unit buildings. Courtesy photo: NYSERDA.

Janet Joseph

In April, the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) announced the grand opening of Solara Apartments in Rotterdam, NY, a new multifamily development […]

Geobarns Modern Farm House

The Modern Farm House. All photos courtesy of Geobarns.

George Harvey

One of my favorite pieces of music is Beethoven’s Sixth Symphony. It is also known as the “Pastorale Symphony,” and most people who hear it understand immediately why it has that name. Beethoven loved to walk out in the […]