Energy prices are soaring and winter is coming. Whether you rent or own a home, or are a business owner, everyone is looking for ways in which to lower energy costs and save money this season.
Take control of your own energy usage with dozens of energy-saving ideas, tips and how-tos.
ENERGY SAVINGS: INDIVIDUALS
CONTACT YOUR LOCAL UTILITY
APPLY FOR AID THROUGH YOUR COMMUNITY ACTION AGENCY
If you need help paying your electric or fuel bills or making your home snug for the winter, contact your local Community Action Agency (CAA) to apply for help. You must be a resident of New Hampshire and meet income eligibility requirements. With a backlog of applications, don't delay. Click here for a list of CAA phone numbers.
The NH Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LiHEAP) provides economic aid for home heating costs for qualified renters and homeowners. if you or a family member qualify for SNAP, SSI or TANF, you are automatically eligible. Others must meet income eligibility requirements.
Under the Energy Assistance Program (EAP) income-eligible customers of Eversource, Liberty, Unitil or the NH Electric Co-op can qualify for a 12-month discount on their monthly electric bill. Funds are limited, but successful applicants can get 8 - 76% off their bills.
WEATHERIZATION AUDITS AND ASSISTANCE
Weatherization boosts your home's energy efficiency, safety, and comfort by repairing or improving its outside layer (the shell). It can include fixing broken doors and windows, patching small holes in the walls or roof, adding insulation, fixing the furnace and installing weatherstripping.
Test your home's energy efficiency. Enter your home's energy usage in Home Performance with Energy Star (HPWES). A low score may qualify you for a home audit that may help you earn incentives for energy efficiency or weatherization help.
The NH Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) directs federal grant money to low-income households hardest hit by high energy costs and not able to weatherize their homes without assistance. Eligibility guidelines are the same as for LIHEAP, but applicants must wait for an energy audit to see if their dwelling space qualifies for the program.
USDA offers a Single Family Repair Loans & Grants program to very low-income rural homeowners who cannot get credit from other source. Known as the Section 504 program, amounts of $10,000 - $40,000 can be used to repair, improve or modernize homes. Many LiHEAP recipients use these funds to repair their homes before installing energy efficiency upgrades.
Take control of your energy consumption for free by simply changing some of your habits. Check out our 30-day Energy Challenge to get inspired for how to lower your bill. Visit the 30 Day Challengage gameboard below, or join us on Twitter and Instagram and show us how you're participating. Even better - use this as an opportunity to share your energy savings
PARTICIPATE IN THE CENH 30-DAY ENERGY CHALLENGE
CHOOSE A COMPETITIVE ENERGY SUPPLIER
A competitive supplier is a company licensed by the New Hampshire Public Utilities Commission (NHPUC) to sell electric supply products to electricity consumers. They are separate from the utilities and focus mainly on energy supply. Visit the links below for more information about competitive energy supply, how to make the switch, and important FAQs before making your decision.
ENERGY SAVINGS: COMMUNITY
CHECK IN AND SHARE TIPS
Ask your neighbors, especially seniors, if they know about this website and the many money-saving ideas and resources listed.
If you think they might qualify for rate assistance, make sure they have the number of your local Community Action Agency and urge them to call ASAP to apply for aid. Ask if they need help putting energy-saving ideas into practice. Have they swapped out their old bulbs for LED lights? If not, offer to buy the bulbs on their behalf and install them if they need help.
Look for other ways you can help each other save on energy, such as carpooling to the grocery store or running an errand for someone else while you're out so you can save them a special trip. Get creative!
ORGANIZE AN EVENT
Suggest that your Chamber of Commerce, local hardware store or building supply store host a public demonstration explaining when to use different kinds of insulation and weatherizing products and showing how to install them.
Even better: Ask retailers to make a special energy-saving section or display in their store and offer volume discounts on LEDs, weatherstripping and thermal window film.
Urge your church group, civic club, scout troop or neighbors to sponsor a fundraiser to buy energy monitors and weatherizing tools for a tool lending library. Host a coffee hour or drop-in day so others can learn how to use the new tools.
Even better: Offer to do the work for one or more families who need hands-on help.
DO MORE GOOD WITH WOOD
Start a "wood bank" - think of it like a food bank, a place where people can pick up items they need. In this case, it's a place where they can pick up firewood for free.
A list of New Hampshire wood banks:
Sean Powers Wood Bank, Hopkinton, (603) 568-2783
The Grapevine Community Wood Bank, Antrim, (603) 588-7154
Wood Ministry at Kearsarge Presbyterian Church, (603) 526-4800
Peterborough Community Wood Bank, Peterborough, (603) 924-6800
Warner Community Wood Bank, Warner, (603) 456-3303
LEARN ABOUT WINDOW DRESSERS
This community-based program matches volunteers with homes that need window inserts to save on heating bills.
ENERGY SAVINGS: ADVOCATE
BECOME A LOCAL LEADER
Get involved with your local Energy Committee or Energy Commission. Reach out to your City or Town Clerk to learn if there is one in your community.
If there's not one in your town, consider starting one with other clean energy champions. Visit here to find more information and resources on how to get one started.
SUPPORT NH'S ENERGY EFFICIENCY AND RENEWABLE ENERGY PROGRAMS
Let your NH State Representative and Senator know you care about energy costs and value the programs offered by NHSaves. Not sure of the elected official serving your district? Find your State Senator here and your NH State Representatives here.
JOIN CLEAN ENERGY NH!
Support the organization that is working in local communities, serving as regulatory watchdogs, and working with bipartisan coalitions of energy stakeholders to support favorable policies and practices that strengthen NH’s clean energy industry.
Volunteer: Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org of your interest
ENERGY SAVINGS: RESOURCES
Energy Efficiency Rebates and Incentives:
NH Department of Energy: A great starting point -the site provides information specific to NH utilities.
Check for savings by using these checklists (includes commercial buildings, housing, schools, churches, industrial plants, etc.
North Country Farmers and Small Business Energy Savings/Funding Workshop