We use various forms of energy to heat, cool, and light our homes and buildings,
power our appliances and tools, run our vehicles, build our homes, import and grow
our food, and power our industries.
New Hampshire spends roughly $5 billion each year on energy. Households use
about 30 percent of the energy consumed here.
Ninety percent of New Hampshire's energy comes from outside the region, leaving
us vulnerable to natural disasters, wars, and political unrest in the energy-producing
areas of the nation and world.
The least-expensive, least-polluting energy? The energy we don’t use.
Simple changes in behavior can reduce your household energy use significantly. In the process, you'll save money, improve comfort, and reduce your negative impact on our common environment.
These Web pages make it easy for you to find general information and local resources
that can help you improve your home's energy economy. (Please read *Disclaimer, below.)
Maximize the energy-efficiency of new construction
One easy step: Small, inexpensive steps you can take to reduce home energy use
Save Money: Reduce Phantom Load
Phantom load (also known as vampire load and standby power) is the electricity used by appliances and electronic devices when they are off or in standby mode.
Many, but not all, household electronics carry a phantom load. Home entertainment devices
with remote controls, appliances with digital clocks, electronics that use a power adaptor
(or wall cube). Computer printers and fax machines are notorious for their phantom loads.
The New England Carbon Challenge (NECC) is pleased to introduce their sister web site MYENERGYPLAN.NET. Accessible to both renters and homeowners, My Energy Plan™ houses a suite of FREE web based tools that are breaking down barriers to household energy efficiency and renewable energy technology. Want to learn how to get a home energy audit? There’s a tool for that. Want to know what your energy footprint is? There’s a tool for that. Interested in visiting a “green home” in your area? There’s a tool for that! The tools on MYENERGYPLAN.NET are being developed with two key energy partners, NH Sustainable Energy Association and UNH Cooperative Extension.
Button Up, NH – FREE home weatherization workshops. Evening workshops are conducted by qualified home energy experts who will introduce participants to the basics of home energy budgets and the value of home weatherization. Each workshop will include information on how simple household adjustments and modest investments can lead to significant energy savings over the long haul.
Workshop topics will include:
- residential heat use and loss
- the short term benefits of simple do-it-yourself weatherization
- the value of a professional home energy audit
- the long term benefits of extensive professional energy retrofits
- the technical and financial resources available to make it happen\
To learn more about what will be covered in the Button Up workshops, check out this terrific video from Central Vermont Community Action Council.
Home heating prices are predicted to rise by another 10% this season and this workshop will offer information on reducing fuel and electricity use by helping you:
- Identify sources of energy waste in your home
- Learn about do-it-yourself home conservation tips
- Identify information on financial resources for making your home more fuel efficient
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