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900 Degrees / Portsmouth Brewery

Case Studies for Businesses & Towns

What do the cooking, refrigeration and lighting components of your restaurant represent? Opportunity! These components of running your business make up more than 65% of your total energy costs. Priscilla Lane-Rondeau, proprietor of 900 Degrees, Manchester, switched to energy efficient fluorescents in her office, hallways, storage space and even in her booth lighting in 2010 […]

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A.N. McSheffrey

Case Studies for Homes

Andrew’s first ENERGY STAR Home is in Concord and is heating with air source heat pumps — estimated reduction of 13,091 kWh annually for a cost savings of $2,445 per year. “THE PROCESS OF BUILDING an ENERGY STAR home has been much less intimidating than I had originally anticipated. I realized that much of what […]

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Briston Manor West – Bedford, NH

Case Studies for Businesses & Towns

Briston Manor West, a senior independent living community in Bedford, had a lot of trouble with ice dams. The 46-unit complex had so many air leaks melting the snow that ice dams tore down gutters. Maintenance crews spent countless hours knocking down icicles and trying to remove the ice dams. Dawn Foote of Avise Properties […]

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Center of New Hampshire Office Tower

Case Studies for Businesses & Towns

Over the last decade, North American Specialty Insurance Co. (NAS), owner of the Office Tower, has committed to improving energy efficiency and reducing the environmental impact of its headquarters at 650 Elm St, adjacent to the Radisson Hotel in Manchester. In July 2010, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recognized the company’s efforts by awarding the […]

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Chill Day Spa

Case Studies for Businesses & Towns

When thinking of the types of businesses ripe for energy efficient upgrades, a day spa may not come first to mind. But as Chill Day Spa owner Crissy McQuade recently discovered, the savings from energy efficient lighting add up very quickly. Chill Day Spa, located in Manchester, NH, recently completed a ‘makeover’ of its own […]

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Chinburg Properties

Case Studies for Homes

Chinburg Properties was one of the first builders on the NH Seacoast to participate in Unitil’s ENERGY STAR® New Home Construction Program back in 2003. Building to ENERGY STAR standards has become a critical part of our philosophy and marketing strategy. We’ve learned that it makes great sense to build tighter homes with sustainable materials, […]

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Circa 1800’s home in Alstead, NH

Case Studies for Homes

The ENERGY STAR Homes certification is typically awarded to new homes that exceed building code with regard to insulation, air sealing, HVAC, water management, lighting and appliances. It is very rarely given to older homes that are renovated. Barrett Bellows of Bellows Construction, took an old farmhouse in Alstead, NH and was able to renovate […]

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Concord Hospital

Case Studies for Homes

Concord Hospital, originally established in 1884 as the Concord Hospital Association was started to provide care for the community’s underserved. Thanks to the generosity of businessman George Pillsbury the first 50 bed general hospital was built through his gift of $60,000 and opened its doors in December of 1891. Through the years a number of […]

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Concord, NH Single Family Home

Case Studies for Homes

Andy Duncan owns a 100-year-old home in Concord, NH. His home was like many older New England homes – cold and drafty in the winter and hot in summer. Unlike most homeowners, Duncan is a Building Energy Efficiency expert. He has over 20 years of experience in the field, so he knew there was something […]

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Dartmouth-Hitchcock Nashua

Case Studies for Businesses & Towns

In January of 2012, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Nashua opened a new medical office building combining the services offered at three existing locations in Nashua under one roof. “The Liberty Utilities Energy Efficiency Program worked really well for us,” said Christopher Bergeron, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Regional Facilities Manager. “We had certain energy efficiency measures in mind and Liberty was able […]

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ENERGY STAR® Homes Program – Canaan, NH

Case Studies for Homes

Property owners Hope and Stephen Stragnell of Canaan, New Hampshire were excited when they purchased their 174-year-old home, but they knew energy efficiency would need to be addressed. Initially they planned to replace the windows and insulation, but they soon realized the home, built in 1841, needed a lot more. Hope’s background in energy policy, […]

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External Resources for Businesses

External Resources for Businesses & Towns

American Council for Energy Efficient Economy (ACEEE) The ACEEE is a nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing energy efficiency as means of promoting both economic prosperity and environmental protection. Choosing an Energy Supplier NH.gov offers a list of energy suppliers that are currently registered to sell energy in the franchise areas of certain New Hampshire utilities. […]

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External Resources for Residents

External Resources for Homes

American Council for Energy Efficient Economy (ACEEE) The ACEEE is a nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing energy efficiency as means of promoting both economic prosperity and environmental protection. Choosing an Energy Supplier NH.gov offers a list of energy suppliers that are currently registered to sell energy in the franchise areas of certain New Hampshire utilities. […]

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External Resources for Towns

External Resources for Businesses & Towns

Choosing an Energy Supplier NH.gov offers a list of energy suppliers that are currently registered to sell energy in the franchise areas of certain New Hampshire utilities. ENERGY STAR® ENERGY STAR offers municipalities’ energy efficient solutions – helping to save money while protecting the environment for future generations. New Hampshire Public Utilities Commission (NHPUC) The […]

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Forest Ridge Apartments

Case Studies for Businesses & Towns

Forest Ridge Apartments is a 370 unit rental development located in Nashua NH. Within the complex there are a total of 36 buildings nestled throughout a wooded area. The apartments, built in 1968, were a prime candidate for energy efficiency upgrades. “Our energy costs were extremely high,” said property manager Diane Ventresca, “We had to […]

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Hobbit Hill Farm

Case Studies for Businesses & Towns

When Dan Nelson decided to retire and live in Wentworth about 7 years ago, he looked forward to building a greenhouse and enjoying his passion for gardening. What Dan didn’t know was how quickly his hobby would turn into the now thriving business he calls Hobbit Hill Farm. Dan enjoyed growing tomatoes the most and […]

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Hypertherm

Case Studies for Businesses & Towns

In 2012, Hypertherm management recognized a lack of efficiency in the lighting fixtures at one of their oldest manufacturing facilities in Hanover. At this 37-year-old facility, despite efforts to conserve, lights only operated at one level of intensity, were expensive to operate, and were sometimes left on when they were not needed. The company began a search for a better lighting system.

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Keene Ice

Case Studies for Businesses & Towns

Energy-efficient Ice Arena is Cool Addition to Keene Eversource energy efficiency expertise and the company’s cost-saving incentive programs, along with design engineering partner DMI, played key roles in helping the nonprofit Keene Community Ice Arena (Keene Ice) recently open an energy-efficient $6 million facility in a former City of Keene public works warehouse. The arena, […]

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LaPerle IGA

Case Studies

Guy LaPerle is using energy efficiency programs to make his supermarket the leanest and greenest in the North Country, if not the state. Since 2005, LaPerle‰’s IGA has taken advantage of NHSaves Commercial & Industrial program rebates totaling more than $25,000 to trim its annual energy costs by $15,000 a year. And the Green Grocer of […]

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Lebanon Housing Authority

Case Studies

The Lebanon Housing Authority (LHA), a nonprofit organization providing affordable housing in Lebanon, NH, was selected to participate in the Home Energy Assistance Program facilitated by Liberty Utilities. The project focused on increasing the energy efficiency of two low income housing facilities. A 30-unit family community and a 40-unit senior housing complex were analyzed and […]

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Northeast Lantern, Ltd.

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Northeast Lantern, Ltd.‰’s hand-forged lighting fixtures don‰’t just look great; they‰’re made in New Hampshire, they‰’re designed to save energy and some reduce light pollution, as well. A family-owned business out of Exeter, Northeast Lantern, Ltd. has been producing high-quality outdoor lighting fixtures for 25 years. Every hand-forged, solid copper and brass lighting fixture is […]

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Nouria Energy

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  Nouria Energy made a commitment to energy efficiency in its Londonderry store in 2012. Aided by Eversource‰’s Small Business Solutions Program and two of their turnkey vendors, Prism Energy Solutions and National Resource Management (NRM), the company accessed more than $28,000 in incentive funds to be used towards upgrading the stores lighting and refrigeration […]

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Pelham High School

Case Studies for Businesses & Towns

Pelham High School is committed to providing a high-quality, contemporary education in an inspiring and safe environment. For many years the school district realized a need to improve the current facility, yet struggled to find the resources to do so. The combination of poor ventilation, a lack of natural sunlight, and the growing number of […]

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Plainfield Elementary School

Case Studies

Plainfield Elementary School reduces its energy use and carbon footprint by working with Liberty Utilities to implement smart energy conservation measures. Educational institutions continue to address tight budget constraints by seeking ways to minimize investment in energy-saving measures. After a three-year energy conservation initiative, Plainfield Elementary School has achieved a savings of $120,000 over a […]

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Royal Concord Gardens

Case Studies for Businesses & Towns

Royal Concord Gardens is a 260 unit low income housing complex located in Concord, NH. The complex, built in the 1970’s, was in need of renovation and repair. The complex was recently purchased by a new owner who began an extensive renovation funded in conjunction with the NH Housing Finance Authority.

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Salem High School

Case Studies for Businesses & Towns

Salem High School recently completed the third phase of their $75 million renovation to turn the school into a modern and functional learning establishment for the 1,200 students currently enrolled. The project started in spring of 2015 and is scheduled to be completed before the 2018 school year begins. It is the first major renovation […]

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School Administrative Unit (SAU) 48

Case Studies for Businesses & Towns

How can Facilities Managers in other New Hampshire SAUs achieve energy savings? It takes a sustained commitment by school administrators, board members and the community to implement a slate of energy efficiency improvements at public schools. Large-scale energy efficiency projects can have a high initial cost, but with help from your local electric utility and […]

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Smuttynose Brewery

Case Studies for Businesses & Towns

Smuttynose Brewing Company is the Granite State’s leading craft brewery, located on a historic 14-acre farm in Hampton, New Hampshire. Smuttynose was founded in 1994 by the folks who started the Northampton and Portsmouth Breweries. Smuttynose products are distributed in 25 states; Washington, DC; Puerto Rico; Sweden; the UK; South Korea and Germany. Smuttynose opened […]

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St. Paul’s School

Case Studies

St. Paul‰’s School in Concord, NH, was recognized by the Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships (NEEP) as a ‰”Business Leader in Energy Efficiency.‰” The St. Paul‰’s School was honored in 2011 for its continued efforts to advance energy efficiency in operations and residential housing. These efforts have resulted in annual energy savings of over 462,000 kWh […]

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Sullivan Construction, Inc.

Case Studies

The 2009 edition of the NHSaves catalog featured a two page article entitled “When Builders Build for Themselves,” a local firm demonstrates the benefits of green design and construction. At the time NHSaves went to press last year, Sullivan Construction, Inc. had applied for the U.S. Green Building Council‰’s LEED Certification (Leadership in Energy and […]

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The North Conway Grand Hotel

Case Studies

For a hotel that built a reputation on its distinctive ambience, the lighting retrofit at the North Conway Grand Hotel presented challenges and opportunities. The installation of energy efficient lights and fixtures promised savings of $8,000 per year, but hotel management wanted to make sure it didn‰’t come at the expense of the guest experience. […]

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The Pines of Bow, NH

Case Studies for Businesses & Towns

The Pines of Bow is a 55+ community of detached single-family homes located south of Concord. Project Manager, Paul Bliss of Gary Chicoine Construction began building new homes there in 2005. “Not long after we started building, the housing market went through a very tough period. I needed to offer something extra that would attract […]

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Upper Connecticut Valley Hospital

Case Studies

In front of three new high-efficiency hot water boilers stand Jeff Lacoy (left), facility manager of Upper Connecticut Valley Hospital in Colebrook, and Eversource Account Executive Randy Perkins. The boilers have replaced the hospital‰’s less efficient steam boilers and, with that change, the hospital is expecting 40 percent lower heating bills this winter, saving critical […]

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White Mountain Athletic Club Dives Into Energy Efficiency

Case Studies for Businesses & Towns

Club went the extra mile with pool renovation The Problem: The White Mountain Athletic Club in Waterville Valley was paying high energy bills for a pool dehumidification system that was old and inefficient. The Options: As part of their pool renovation plan, club owner Tom Gross, Jr. and General Manager Rene Schwartz had a choice […]

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YMCA of Greater Nashua

Case Studies for Businesses & Towns

Through its 125 years, the YMCA of Greater Nashua has helped individuals to improve their health and well-being while building a strong sense of community. The Y provides family-centered, value-focused programs and activities for its members and the surrounding communities. In 2008, the YMCA of Greater Nashua decided it had outgrown its current facility in […]

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