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 email@example.com or call (603) 536-5030. Also visit, www.nhsaves.com to learn more about energy saving tips you can put into action starting today.
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.
|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|
|04/09/2014||Milan||6-8pm||Milan Village School|
|01/23/2014||Durham||6:30-8:00pm||Oyster River High School||Craig Cadieux|
|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|
|02/07/2013||Lebanon||5:30-9:00pm||Hypertherm||71 Heater Road
|02/07/2013||Plymouth||6:30-8:00pm||Pease Public Library||1 Russell Street
|03/07/2013||Plymouth||6:30-8:00pm||Pease Public Library||1 Russell Street
|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
|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
|04/24/2013||Milford||6:30 - 8:15pm||SHARE Building||1 Columbus Ave
|04/27/2013||Laconia||9:00 - 10:45am||Lakes Region Community College||Route 106
|05/14/2013||Concord||6:30 to 8:15pm||Concord Unitarian Universalist Church||274 Pleasant St
|05/14/2013||Plymouth||6:00 to 7:30pm||Plymouth Episcopal Church||263 Highland St
|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|
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.