The Button Up NH Home Weatherization Workshops are Back!




1/10/2016 The 2015 Button Up NH Workshop series has concluded. Look for an announcment about the 2016 workshop series later this year!


“Button Up NH” Home Energy Savings Workshops To Take Place Around the State

Button Up

Button up your homes, New Hampshire! That’s the message the New Hampshire utilities are spreading to homeowners through a series of energy saving workshops taking place around the state.  

"Button Up NH" workshops are being hosted by local sponsors throughout the state to provide NH homeowners and renters with information and techniques to help them save money on home energy use. Presentations are conducted by an independent certified energy professional. Participants will learn basic building science concepts and the basics about air sealing, insulating, and conservation measures that reduce fuel and electricity use. Attendees will also learn how to sign up for Home Performance with Energy Star (HPwES) – an incentive program run by the energy efficiency services at Liberty Utilities, Eversource, NH Electric Co-op and Unitil.

Workshop locations will be announced throughout the coming months. Currently in Hollis, NH a workshop is on the schedule for Saturday, September 26th at 10:00am at the Lawrence Barn on 28 Depot Road and in Exeter on Wednesday, October 21st at 7:00pm at the Exeter Public Library.  Come early, refreshments will be served.

The Exeter and Hollis presentations will be conducted by Andy Duncan, Professor and Department Chair of the Energy Services and Technology program at the Lakes Region Community College in Laconia, NH.  Duncan has worked in the building energy field since 2003, and has held certifications from the Building Performance Institute since 2008.

According to Duncan, "The Home Performance with Energy Star Program is something every homeowner should consider. It gives homeowners the financial assistance they need to make energy efficiency improvements to their homes. When a homeowner participates in the program they will receive a list of recommendations for cost effective energy efficiency improvements and will have the opportunity to decide, if any, the work they want done on their home."

These workshops are being funded by Eversource, Liberty Utilities, NH Electric Co-op and Unitil. The Plymouth Area Renewable Energy Initiative (PAREI) of Plymouth, NH is working with local groups statewide to bring this important information to the public on behalf of New Hampshire’s utilities. 

All Button Up NH Workshops are free and open to the general public.

New workshops will posted on this page as soon as they are confirmed. If your local group, chamber or town committee is interested in hosting a Button Up NH Workshop in your community, e-mail Robbin Adams at PAREI at or call (603) 536-5030.  Also visit, to learn more about energy saving tips you can put into action starting today.

Button Up Videos!

The Button Up NH program also includes over a dozen mini energy videos to help NH residents learn more about home energy issues and savings. These videos can be viewed here.


Previously Held Button Up 2015 Workshops:

Date Town Time Host and Sponsors Where Presenter
04/09/15 Milan 6:00-8:00pm Dummer Energy Committee, Milan Village School, BAREI, Carons Building Center White Mountain Lumber, PAREI Milan Village School Ed Solar
04/18/15 Dunbarton 10:00am - 4:00pm  Dunbarton Energy Comm. & Transitions Dunbarton Dunbarton Community Center (Elementary School) Andy Duncan
04/22/15 Plaistow 6:30-8:00pm Plaistow Library Plaistow Library Andy Duncan
09/23/15 Hudson 7:00pm Hudson Sustainability Committee; Greater Hudson Chamber of Commerce Rodgers Memorial Library Andy Duncan
09/25/15 Warner 7:00pm Warner Energy Committee; Pillsbury Free Library Pillsbury Free Library Andy Duncan
09/26/15 Hollis 10:00am Hollis Energy Committee Lawrence Barn Andy Duncan
10/13/15 Andover 7:00pm (doors open 6:30pm) Andover Energy Group, New London Energy Committee, Andover Institute, Proctor Academy Proctor Academy's Stone Chapel Bob Eldredge
10/21/15 Exeter 7:00pm (doors open 6:30pm) Exeter NH Transition Town, Exeter Area Chamber of Commerce Exeter Public Library Andy Duncan
10/22/15 Hanover 7:00pm Town of Hanover, Sustainable Hanover Richard W. Black Center Andy Duncan
10/23/15 Campton 7:00pm (doors open 6:30pm) Central NH Chamber of Commerce, PAREI Central NH Chamber of Commerce Gil Richardson
11/04/15 Meredith 7:00pm (doors open 6:30pm) Meredith & Center Harbor Energy Committees Meredith Community Center  Andy Duncan
11/09/15 Concord 6:30-8:30pm Grappone Auto Group Grappone Community Learning Center Bob Eldredge
11/30/15 Salem 6:30-8:30pm Boys and Girls Club of Greater Salem; Liberty Utilities, The Greater Salem Chamber of Commerce Green Committee Boys and Girls Club of Greater Salem Andy Duncan
12/14/15 Bow 6:30-8:30pm Baker Free Library and PAREI Baker Free Library Bob Eldredge


Previously Held Button Up 2014 Workshops:

Date Town/City Time Where Presenter
04/09/2014 Milan 6-8pm Milan Village School  
01/23/2014 Durham 6:30-8:00pm Oyster River High School Craig Cadieux
01/25/2014 Keene 10:00am-
UCC Church Keene Ted Stiles
02/19/2014 Plainfield 6:30-8:00pm Plainfield Elementary School Bob Walker
02/25/2014 Salem 6:30-8:30pm Salem Boys & Girls Club Andy Duncan
02/27/2014 Warner 6:30-8:00pm Pillsbury Free Library Bob Eldredge
03/25/2014 New London 7:00-8:30pm Tracy Memorial Library Craig Cadieux
03/26/2014 Manchester 6:30-8:00pm Southern NH Planning Commission Craig Cadieux
03/27/2014 Bristol 6:30-8:00pm Minot Sleeper Library Craig Cadieux
04/09/2014 Manchester 6:30-8:00pm Public Service of NH Craig Cadieux
04/10/2014 Dummer 6:00-8:00pm Milan Village Elementary School Craig Cadieux
04/16/2014 Twin Mountain 6:30-8:00pm Twin Mountain Town Hall Craig Cadieux
04/29/2014 Conway 6:30-8:00pm Red Jacket Mountain View Resort Craig Cadieux
04/30/2014 Rochester 6:30-8:00pm Strafford Regional Planning Commission Craig Cadieux
09/17/2014 Concord 5:00-6:30pm NH DOT; Granite State Conference Room Andy Duncan
09/17/2014 Stratham 6:30pm Wiggin Memorial Library Craig Cadieux
10/01/2014 Nashua 6:00pm Hunt Club Center; Hollis Crossing Condominiums Andy Duncan
10/09/2014 Grantham 7:00pm Grantham Town Hall Bob Walker
10/14/2014 Concord 6:30-8:30pm New England College Bob Eldredge
10/29/14 Gorham 6:00-7:30pm Medallion Opera House TBA
11/12/14 Derry 7:00-8:30pm Marion Gerrish Community Center Andy Duncan
11/19/14 Walpole 5:30 - 7:30pm Walpole Town Offices Ted Stiles
11/19/14 Rye 6:00-7:30pm Rye Public Library Andy Duncan
12/02/14 Salem 6:30-8:30pm Salem High School Andy Duncan
12/04/14 Hanover 6:30-9pm Howe Library (Mayer Room) Bob Walker

Previously Held Button Up 2013 Workshops:

Date Town/City Time Where Address Presenter
02/07/2013 Lebanon 5:30-9:00pm Hypertherm 71 Heater Road
Lebanon NH
Bob Walker
02/07/2013 Plymouth 6:30-8:00pm Pease Public Library 1 Russell Street
Plymouth, NH
Craig Cadieux
03/07/2013 Plymouth 6:30-8:00pm Pease Public Library 1 Russell Street
Plymouth, NH
Craig Cadieux
03/14/2013 Merrimack 6:00-8:30pm Merrimack Public Library 470 Daniel Webster Hwy Ted Stiles
03/20/2013 Nashua 6:30-8:00pm Nashua City Hall Auditorium 229 Main Street Bob Eldredge
03/27/2013 Concord 6:30-8:15pm Forest Society Conservation Center 54 Portsmouth Street Andy Duncan
04/01/2013 Concord 6:30-8:15pm South Congregational Church 27 Pleasant Street Andy Duncan
04/04/2013 Plymouth 6:30-8:00pm Pease Public Library 1 Russell Street
Plymouth, NH
Craig Cadieux
04/15/2013 Bedford 6:30-8:00pm Bedford Public Library 3 Meetinghouse Road Bedford, NH Paul Button
04/23/2013 Plymouth 6:30 - 8:00pm Plymouth United Methodist Church 334 Fairgrounds Rd
Plymouth, NH
Craig Cadieux
04/24/2013 Milford 6:30 - 8:15pm SHARE Building 1 Columbus Ave
Milford, NH
Andy Duncan
04/27/2013 Laconia 9:00 - 10:45am Lakes Region Community College Route 106
Laconia, NH
Andy Duncan
05/14/2013 Concord 6:30 to 8:15pm Concord Unitarian Universalist Church 274 Pleasant St
Concord, NH
Andy Duncan
05/14/2013 Plymouth 6:00 to 7:30pm Plymouth Episcopal Church 263 Highland St
Plymouth, NH
Craig Cadieux
10/21/2013 Bow 6:30-8:00pm Baker Free Library 509 South Street; Bow Bob Eldredge
11/19/2013 West Lebanon 6:30-8:00pm Kilton Library 80 S.Main St; West Lebanon Craig Cadieux
11/20/2013 Franklin 6:30-8:00pm Franklin Opera House 316 Central St; Franklin Craig Cadieux
12/11/2013 Manchester 6:30-8:00pm Breathe NH 145 Hollis Street  

Special Thanks

We wish to extend our sincere gratitude to those who have helped create the Button Up program and for their willingness to share their knowledge, framework and resources. The Button Up program was originally created as Button Up Vermont in 2008 by Central Vermont Community Action Council with the support of Efficiency Vermont and the Vermont Energy and Climate Action Network, and with funding from the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative.  The program was shared with Clean Air-Cool Planet in 2009 with launch support from the Sustainable Energy Resource Group (SERG).  Our regional partner organizations, SERG and the NH Community Action Agencies, have been instrumental in bringing Button Up NH to towns across the state by sharing their skilled presenters/auditors. 

The Button Up, NH 2011-2012 workshops were made possible by a generous grant from the New Hampshire Office of Energy and Planning through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. We greatly appreciate the support of our partners, funders, and collaborators, without which this workshop series would simply not be possible.