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

04/01/2014 - 12:43pm

On April 1, 2014, Maine's Sustainability Solutions Initiative at the Senator George J. Mitchell Center presented a daylong session on "Maine's Energy Future" at the 2014 Maine Water & Sustainability Conference, held at the Augusta Civic Center. The Chair of the session was Dr. Caroline Noblet, University of Maine School of Economics.

03/29/2014 - 9:16pm

Maine Governor Paul LePage photo by Kay MannOn March 20, 2014, The Environmental and Energy Technology Council of Maine, (E2Tech) hosted its annual Augusta forum for legislators, regulators, administration officials, businesses, and Mai

02/11/2014 - 5:39pm

Climate Solutions Working Together for Maines Future logoWhile many of us may feel helpless to do anything about climate change, a small coalition of inspired organizations has banded together to create a conference t

01/30/2014 - 11:28pm

Fred Horch of Brunswick Maine talks about living without using fossil fuels in Brunswick Maine photo by Kay MannOn Sunday, January 26, 2014, Fred Horch of Brunswick gave a talk entitled, "Clean Energy Independence: How the Horch Fa

01/14/2014 - 5:43pm

Powerhouse program partners courtesy of Gulf of Maine Research InstituteEighth Grade Students in the Purple House at Bath Middle School have not only embraced the PowerHouse program from the Gulf of Maine Research Inst

11/17/2013 - 3:37pm

past winners of the MIT Clean Energy Prize courtesy of Massachusetts Institute of Technology On November 14, 2013, the US Department of Energy announced the opening of the

11/09/2013 - 12:57pm

Michael Stoddard Executive Director of Efficiency Maine Trust photo by Kay MannOn November 6, 2013, Efficiency Maine Trust (EMT) held its fourth annual symposium and awards ceremony in Portland.

10/27/2013 - 11:58am

E2Techs panel on petroleum technologies and transportation moderated by Patrick Coughlin of St Germain Associates photo by Kay MannAmidst all of our coverage of topics related to clean energy technologies, it is useful to remember now and t

10/23/2013 - 7:09pm

Tom Welch Chair of the Maine Public Utilities Commission photo by Kay MannEfficiency Maine is gathering some of the region’s foremost experts and vendors on heating equipment, industrial processes, and building envel

Efficiency/Conservation News Posts

Bath Students Embrace PowerHouse
01/14/2014 - 4:24pm

Powerhouse program partners courtesy of Gulf of Maine Research InstituteEighth Grade Students at Bath Middle School have not only embraced the PowerHouse program from the Gulf of Maine Research Institute, but taken it a step further by creating public service announcements encouraging energy conservation.

Read the full blog article here.

Image credit: Powerhouse program partners courtesy of Gulf of Maine Research Institute.

Multifamily Milestone: 1000 Buildings Weatherized
01/14/2014 - 12:10pm

Blower door testing units on a multifamily house in Maine by DeWitt Kimball of Complete Home Energy Evaluation ServicesOn January 2, 2014, Efficiency Maine’s Multifamily Efficiency Program announced that it had reached a milestone in December: since its launch 18 months ago, the program has helped property managers weatherize more than 1,000 apartment units throughout the state. One thousand more units are already in the pipeline to be weatherized in the year ahead. Average energy savings is predicted to be 26%.

Read it all on Efficiency Maine's website…and learn about the program here.

Photo Credit: DeWitt Kimball of Complete Home Evaluation Services.

Maine's First Solar Habitat for Humanity House Completed
10/17/2013 - 5:04pm

Waterville Area Habitat for Humanity logoOn October 3, 2013, the Waterville chapter of Habitat for Humaniy announced that it had completed New England's first solar home, built though the power of volunteers. An open house was held on October 6 at the home on Oakland, where the sun  will provide about 50 percent of the energy needed to heat water and 90 percent of the home’s electricity needs.

Read more in the Kennebec Journal and on the Habitat for Humanity site.

Efficiency Maine Announces New Home Heating Incentives
09/19/2013 - 3:40pm

Efficiency Maine logoJust in time for winter to begin, Efficiency Maine has rolled out a new suite of incentives to help Maine homeowners to heat their homes more affordably. These incentives from Efficiency Maine’s Home Energy Savings Program (HESP) will help offset the cost of air sealing, insulation, qualified heating systems, and in some cases, energy assessments.

The new offerings were made possible by requirements in the recently passed Omnibus Energy Bill, to redirect 35% of auction revenues that the State receives from its participation in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative toward helping homeowners cost-effectively reduce heating demands.

Further details on the programs are on Efficiency Maine's website.

Bosarge Family Education Center Earns Zero Net Energy Building Award
06/18/2013 - 9:15pm

Cosarge Family Education Center at Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens has recently earned the 2013 Zero Net Energy Building Award by the Northeast Sustainable Energy Association photo by Thornton ThomasettiThe Bosarge Family Education Center at the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens in Boothbay, Maine has been awarded the 2013 Zero Net Energy Building Award by the Northeast Sustainable Energy Association (NESEA).

Thornton Tomasetti, an international engineering firm with offices in Portland, served as the project’s green building consultant.

Read the full story from Thornton Tomasetti.  Read a complete description of the building here.

Photo courtesy of Thornton Tomasetti.

Efficiency/Conservation Job and RFP Posts

07/01/2014 - 12:00am

Through this competitive Program Opportunity Notice (PON), the Efficiency Maine Trust (the Trust) is seeking proposals for large electrical efficiency and distributed generation projects from customers within the State of Maine and served by an electric utility in Maine. The Trust will refer to this as the Large Customer PON.

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.