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Concentration of CO2 in the Atmosphere

Utility programs can help low-income customers keep the lights on, but some do better than others

By Ariel Drehobl, Research Analyst, Local Policy As households ramp up air conditioners to stay cool this summer, many will find themselves with higher energy bills. Paying these bills will be easier for some than for others. Low-income households, who spend on average three times more of their income on energy bills than other […]

Community Development Finance Authority Small Business Energy Audit Fund Grants

Low-Cost Energy Audits for Small Businesses Now Available Your 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) will cover up to 75% of audit costs for eligible businesses. Applications are now being accepted. To learn more, contact Joe […]

Do Low-flow Showerheads Save Water?

Low flow showerhead. Credit: en.wikibooks.org

by Bill Gauley and John Koeller

Did you know that, on average, people take 0.69 showers per day? Did you know that the average shower lasts 7.8 minutes? Did you know that showering uses a lot of water? Showering currently accounts for almost 20% of all indoor residential water […]

Sequestering Carbon in Buildings

Many locally-sourced wood and other fiber materials were used to build this high-performance home. Builder: New Frameworks. Photo credit: Studio SB Photography, 2016.

By Ace McArleton

“The built environment can switch from being a problem to being a solution.” Bruce King, The New Carbon Architecture (anticipated fall 2017).

Folks, let me introduce you to […]

Zero Energy Home Builders in New Hampshire

Demonstrate Mastery in Construction and Efficiency

A BrightBuilt Home in Meriden, NH. This zero energy home was built by RH Irving. This south-facing side features Logic windows and doors and a solar array installed by Norwich Solar Technologies;

by Chris Gillespie

If you live in or near New Hampshire and are thinking […]

12 NH Cities & Towns Lead on Clean Energy Following US Withdrawal from Paris Accord

One Week After US Withdrawal From Paris Climate Accord, Twelve NH Cities and Towns Lead the Way on Clean Energy

One week after President Donald Trump announced the United States’ withdrawal from the Paris climate agreement, local leaders in the New Hampshire seacoast are rapidly expanding a community clean energy initiative to save money and […]

ACEEE Statement: Proposed FY18 Budget Would Kill Jobs by Targeting Energy Efficiency Programs

Statement by Steven Nadel, ACEEE (The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy ) Executive Director

For all the talk about increasing US jobs, the president’s budget takes a meat cleaver to the largest job creator in the energy sector: energy efficiency. It seeks crippling cuts to federal programs that transform waste into wealth […]

Can a Passive House be Beautiful, Functional, and Organic?

An Interview with Hank Keating

Stone Fruit Farm in Westport, MA.

By Barbara Whitchurch

Stone Fruit Farm, completed in 2016, is a complex of buildings in the small town of Westport, Massachusetts, built to the Passive House (PH) standard. It calls to mind the design of the classic New England connected […]

Retrofits vs. Reductions

R-60 insulation for the standing seam roof. Photos: Janice and Steve Kurkoski

By Marc Rosenbaum

I’m excited because I’ve been putting together a new online course on Deep Energy Retrofits (DER). More so than the course I teach on Zero Net Energy Homes, it’s focused on the multiple approaches and techniques for taking […]

Halfmoon Construction Wins International Award:

Best in Show for Large Residential Project

Andy Ellis receives ICF Builder Award for Best in Show in the Large Residential division at the World of Concrete Trade Show in Las Vegas on January 19, 2017. Photo courtesy Peter Ellis.

By George Harvey

Insulating Concrete Forms (ICF) have been around for […]