Now, Aldie, I believe I could throw a cat through that crack under your door. That’s right nice of you, heating the neighborhood like that, but the way oil’s going you might want to tighten ‘er up just a dite.

Efficiency / Conservation Posts

ENERGY EFFICIENCY: OUR NUMBER ONE PRIORITY

We all waste more energy than we like to think about. Because wasted renewable energy is still wasted energy, we need to maximize our energy efficiency before we invest in renewable energy sources for our homes & businesses. The cheapest unit of energy is the one we don't need to burn at all. Read on to get started.

 

Efficiency / Conservation Blog Posts

03/27/2015 - 5:08pm

Ron Phillips of Coastal Enterprises photo by Kay MannCoastal Enterprises, Inc (CEI) held its 37th Annual Meeting at Bowdoin College March 10, 2015 and bestselling author Jeremy Rifkin was the keynote speaker.

03/04/2015 - 9:38pm

The business efficiency panel of experts at the 2015 Efficiency Maine Symposium photo by Kay ManOn January 29, 2015, Efficiency Maine held its annual symposium in Augusta at the Governor Hill Mansion.

01/27/2015 - 9:31pm

Michael Stoddard Executive Director of Efficiency Maine Trust addresses Sustain Mid Maine Coalition Annual Meeting Photo by Kay MannThe Sustain Mid Maine Coalition held its annual meeting with 33 members on Saturday January 24, 2015 in Waterville.

01/25/2015 - 5:19pm

The government energy policy panel photo by Kay MannGovernor Paul LePage has placed energy cost reduction at the top of his agenda in his second term.

01/04/2015 - 7:48pm

USDA logo courtesy of USDAOn December 29, 2014, the Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) final rule and Notice of Solicitation of Applications (NOSA) was published in the Federal Register.

01/04/2015 - 3:32pm

Christopher Closs Preservation Services Advisor at Maine Preservation and Greater Portland Landmarks photo by Kay MannOn December 10, the 2014 Maine Downtown Institute was held at

12/05/2014 - 5:24pm

Chris Briley of Briburn Architects Jim Bahoosh of Morrill Emily Mottram of Mottram Architects Steve Caulfield of Turner Building Science and Dan Kolbert of Kolbert Building talk about the pretty good house concept photo by Kay MannOn De

10/28/2014 - 11:28am

photo of Eliot Cutler by Kay Mann     photo of Paul LePage by Kay Mann     photo of Mike Michaud by Kay Mann Read More...

10/08/2014 - 9:40am

Phil Coupe Michael Stoddard Ryan Hamilton and Patrick Woodcock at the 2014 envision maine summit  Photo by Kay MannOn September 26, 2014, Envision Maine hosted a summit to bring some of the brightest people around to celebrate Maine’s

Efficiency/Conservation News Posts

Efficiency Maine Increases Incentives on Heat Pump Water Heaters
05/01/2015 - 11:03am

diagram of a heat pump water heater image courtesy of US DOEEfficiency Maine has announced that effective April 15, 2015, the mail-in rebate on qualifying heat pump water heaters will be increased from $100 to $300.

This means that, after rebates, a $1,000 heat pump water heater costs only $300 more than a traditional electric water heater. With average savings of $250/yr, a heat pump water heater will pay for itself in 1.2 years - an 83% return on investment after taxes, according to Efficiency Maine.

Learn more here.

Dimmable LED Street Lights to Save Big at Brunswick Landing
04/16/2015 - 11:44am

A worker installs LED street lighting at Brunswick Landing in Maine image courtesy of Midcoast Regional Redevelopment AuthorityBrunswick Landing has become the first demonstration site in the US to use radio-frequency controls to dim LED street lights at times and locations of low traffic. Pemco Holdings, LLC, which managed and financed the project, announced its completion in April of 2015.

The cost of the conversion from sodium and metal halide fixtures to dimmable LED's will be paid for from the expected 85% savings on the cost of lighting at the former naval air station. Pemco has raised another $30 million to finance similar projects.

Read the full article here.

Image courtesy of Midcoast Regional Redevelopment Authority.

Public Utilities Commission Cuts Efficiency Maine Budget
03/22/2015 - 9:07pm

Efficiency Maine logoOn March 17, 2015, the Maine Public Utilities Commission voted 2-1 in favor of cutting the budget for Efficiency Maine's programs from $60 million to $22 million per year. Commissioners Mark Vannoy and Carlisle McLean, both LePage appointees, cast the 2 votes to cut the budget.

Michael Stoddard, Executive Director of Efficiency Maine, said of the cuts, "We would stop having heating programs or programs to save peoples' heating levels through weatherization and high-efficiency heating systems, plus we still wouldn't have enough to reach our electricity-saving obligations".

Environmental groups plan to appeal the decision.

Read the full story from the Associated Press.

Island Institue Receives Grant to Upgrade Energy Efficiency
01/25/2015 - 4:58pm

the Island Institute building in Rockland Maine photo courtesy of the Island InstituteOn January 8, 2015, the Island Institute announced that it has received a grant of $90,285 from the Grants to Green Maine program for energy efficiency upgrades to its headquarters in Rockland. The grant will be used to make energy-saving retrofits to the historic building, including a new, high-efficiency wood pellet boiler. Work on the upgrades is expected to begin in January.

The Institute has already made several energy efficiency upgrades to the building over the past fourteen years, and completed an extensive energy audit of the building. Sally Perkins, the Island Institute’s facility manager, said “We are constantly working to reduce our energy consumption, in keeping with our mission. By enabling us to heat with wood pellets, this grant will help us dramatically reduce our use of fossil fuels.”

Read the whole announcement here
 

Maine Islanders Study Danish Energy Ways
01/18/2015 - 6:22pm

Samso Island, Denmarks Energy Academy photo courtesy of Samso Energy AcademyIn October of 2014, a group of 5 Mainers from Peaks and Monhegan Islands and 15 College of the Atlantic students traveled to Denmark's Samso Island to attend the Samso Energy Academy and learn about their "Fossil-Free Island" project.

Samso Island is becoming energy independent by using wind and solar power and geothermal and biomass heat. Read a great New York times article that details what they learned there.

Image: Samso Energy Academy photo courtesy of Samso Energy Academy.

Efficiency/Conservation Job and RFP Posts

Bangor
01/01/2022 - 5:00am

Penobscot Home Performance is currently hiring experienced Weatherization Technicians service Penobscot, Piscataquis, Knox, Waldo, and Hancock Counties. Responsible for on-site renovations identified during energy assessments that will reduce energy use in homes.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities include the following. Other duties may be assigned.

Bangor
12/31/2021 - 11:00pm

Penobscot Home Performance is currently hiring experienced Home Energy Evaluators to service Penobscot, Piscataquis, Knox, Waldo, and Hancock Counties. Visits homes of customers to test and identify conditions that cause energy waste and recommends actions to improve comfort, health, safety, and energy efficiency.