A new guide for Vermonters and the region
Clean Energy States Alliance
Nearly 80% of Vermonters heat their homes by burning fossil fuels which contribute significantly to climate change, are a drain to the local economy, and can worsen air quality. The remaining households are heated by burning wood or with various electric heating technologies. […]
Ground absorption schematic. Image: ClimateMaster, Inc.
If you’ve heard about geothermal energy, you may be thinking it’s exclusive to places that expose elements of the earth’s interior like a hot spring or geyser. But the fact is, no matter where you find yourself on land on the planet, there will always be […]
The Clean Energy Development Fund (CEDF) announces a new program to help homeowners and businesses convert from old coal to new wood pellet heating. Beginning today the CEDF offers up to $10,000 to Vermonters still heating with coal. The new Coal Change-out Incentive Adder is designed to encourage the few home and business owners in […]
NH Rural Renewables is a team of energy professionals who provide no-cost, vendor-neutral technical assistance to rural NH small businesses for solar PV, energy efficiency and modern wood heat. NHRR is a program of Lakes Region Community College.
INRS is serving as technical assistance expert for small businesses and agricultural enterprises that want to consider […]
Using Air to Air ERV to precool the Fresh air in Summer time. Image Wikimedia Commons/MoeSalem
Now that summer is approaching, homeowners need to consider the summertime ventilation and cooling needs for their homes considering energy usage.
Natural ventilation is as simple as opening windows on your house in a way that […]
Heat pump domestic hot water maker air conditioning hack. Image: sustainableheating.org
You may know that heat pump (HP) technology has come to domestic hot water heaters (DHWs). Like all heat pumps, they use a refrigeration cycle to leverage latent ambient heat. This can result in half or even a quarter of the […]
Heat pumps get dirty and every heat pump requires annual cleaning. Images WeCleanHeatPumps.
Heat pumps are such a game-changer, heating or cooling our homes using electricity. And doing it cleanly?
Yes, if we clean them, which is something many home-owners don’t take into consideration. But failure to properly maintain mini-splits can have […]
We take it for granted. Refrigerators draw heat from inside a cold cabinet, and they reject that heat into the surrounding air. You can feel the heat in the space behind a refrigerator. Pulling heat out of seemingly cold air may seem like magic. But it’s just basic physics. The principle of […]
Are you a student, teacher, or mentor with skills to share? Do you want to solve real-world problems while working together in teams using a lot of common sense and a little money? The Champlain Maker Faire (CMF) is developing two programs to help solve real-world climate problems, RAD1and Scrounge-a-thon.
In order to avoid the worst effects of climate change, we need to do two things: reduce pollution from heating our buildings and maximize carbon sequestration in forests.
Part one: Reducing heating pollution
Most heating pollution comes from America’s older, less efficient buildings built before 1980 and heated with central […]