Concentration of CO2 in the Atmosphere

Franklin, NH: A Vision for a Permaculture City

Toad Hall, one of the first properties to move from conception to fruition, currently a studio featuring sculpture made from automotive parts, designed by local artist Joseph Kildune, will soon be home to a new local tavern and brewery, and a co-working center.

By Jenisha Shrestha

Set along the Winnipesaukee River […]

The Golden Hours: The Impact of Peak Demands on Electric Rates

By Seth Wheeler, New Hampshire Electric Co-op

They’re out there. Each month we’ll hit one, usually on a weekday afternoon or early evening. They’re called Peak Demand hours, the few occasions when demand for electricity is at its highest. They happen in an instant but Peak Demand hours are increasingly affecting what you pay for […]

Air Ducts: Out of Sight, Out of Mind

The unsealed ducts in your attic and crawlspaces lose air, and uninsulated ducts lose heat — wasting energy and money.

Air ducts are one of the most important systems in your home, and if the ducts are poorly sealed or insulated they are likely contributing to higher energy bills.

Your home’s duct system is a […]

Steps to Net Zero

Stow MA home built by Transformations, Inc. in 2010. Courtesy photo

By Thaddeus Rumple

A net-zero energy building produces as much power as it uses. There are a number of ways to do this. One example is a home built to Passive House standards, where costs quickly outweigh the added expense […]

Passive House: At the Crossroads of Sustainability and Affordability

By Heather Breslin, Steven Winter Associates

Rooted in German efficiency, Passive House has rapidly established itself as the preeminent energy standard in the US sustainable housing market over the past couple of years. As with many green building initiatives, early adopters are typically those with eco-friendly priorities and industry knowledge. If successful, these initiatives move […]

Air Barriers for Retro-fits

Exterior air barrier fabric from foundation to roof. Courtesy photos.

By Michael Goetinck

In order for a building’s insulation to be most effective it needs to be in contact with an air barrier. In an ideal world a home’s air barrier is continuous. This can be achieved through thoughtful design and construction when […]

Benchmarking CO2 Reduction in Your Town

Durham, New Hampshire. Photo by Olivier Aumage. CC-BY-SA-2.0-fr, Wikimedia Commons.

By Green Energy Times Staff

What do Durham, Hollis, and Rye, New Hampshire share with New York City, Seattle, and Boston? One answer is that all these communities use the same system to measure and manage the energy usage in their […]

Bold New Strategy Proposed for Vermont’s Economy

On February 2, 2016, the Vermont Climate Change Economy Council (VCCEC) proposed a bold new vision and strategy for economic development statewide. With the State House release of Progress for Vermont, the Council is highlighting ways to make Vermont the most desirable location for creative small businesses and innovative entrepreneurs that advance clean energy generation, […]

Woodstoves, Emissions and the Environment

Jotul Oslo stove installed in Vermont. Photo courtesy of Friends of the Sun, Brattleboro, VT

Heating with wood and the environment

When oil, gas, and coal are burned, the carbon they contain is oxidized to carbon dioxide (CO2), the main greenhouse gas. In effect, the combustion of fossil fuels releases ancient carbon […]

Renewable Energy Advancements of 2015

This 944-kW solar farm serving Peterborough, NH went online early November, 2015 . Courtesy photo

By George Harvey

Over 64% of all new electricity-generating capacity added in the United States in 2016 was renewable, according to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. This is up from 50% in 2014. The agency only […]