Now you’ve heard of sump pumps and bilge pumps, both for getting rid of water you DON'T want. Well, these heat pumps are for bringing in heat that you DO want, or for getting rid of heat in summah.

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Maine's Conversation About Heat Pumps

Heat pumps are an appliance that will be found in more and more Maine homes and businesses as we transition to cleaner energy technologies, such as geo-exchange heat systems. Read on to learn more about them.

Geothermal heat pump system with water-to-air ducting

GEO heat pump with water-to-air ducting, photo courtesy of Water Energy Distributors.

 
 

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03/11/2017 - 5:45pm

On March 3, 2017, the Environmental and Energy Technology Council of Maine hosted a forum in Augusta, entitled, “Playing Matchmaker- Aligning Energy Challenges with Compatible Policies”. The forum addressed the following questions: What are the most important energy challenges facing the State of Maine?

02/20/2017 - 3:28pm

 New England Grassroots Environment Fund logoThe New England Grassroots Environment Fund is offering Grow Grants of up to $3,500 for community sustainability initiatives across New England and the application deadline for this round is March 15, 2017. 

12/11/2016 - 12:56pm

Nathan Smith Darrell Henry Jason Smith and David Meyer speak on energy policy panel at E2Tech Expo 2016 photo by Kay MannOn November 17, 2016, E2Tech hosted its second annual expo at the University of Southern Maine in Portland.

11/13/2016 - 1:54pm

heat pump water heater diagram courtesy of US Energy DepartmentEach year, thousands of Mainers buy heat pump water heaters.

11/13/2016 - 1:23pm

Image from 2015 E2Tech Expo courtesy of E2TechThe second annual E2TECH EXPO on November 17 will be the premier energy event of the year! The U.S.

07/17/2016 - 7:18pm

Solar panels atop the main lodge at Ocean View at Falmouth image Courtesy of Revision EnergyOn June 8, 2016, OceanView at Falmouth Retirement Community hosted an energy forum entitled, “The Right Mix: Envisioning our Energy Future,” featur

07/09/2016 - 12:13pm

Greg Dugal President and CEO of the Maine Innkeepers Association and Maine Restaurant Association photo by Kay MannOn June 8, 2016, the Environment and Energy Technology Council (E2Tech) hosted a forum entitled, “Sustainability in Maine's Tourism Industry”.

04/05/2016 - 11:56am

2016 Northeast Indoor Air Quality and Energy ConferenceHow important is the quality of the air you breathe to you? Do you know how improvements in a building’s energy efficiency can impact the quality of the air inside?

12/26/2015 - 11:38am

greater portland council of governments logo courtesy of gpcogAre you interested in learning more about the many benefits that renewable energy can provide to your farm or business and finding some grant money to get you started?

Heat Pump News

Federal Renewable Energy Tax Credits Extended 5 Years
12/26/2015 - 10:59am

solar panels image courtesy of the humble farmerOn December 15, 2015, the US Congress approved an extension of the Residential Renewable Tax Credit, originally set to expire at the end of 2016, for another five years. The tax credit enables homeowners and small businesses to claim 30% of the cost of solar, small wind, fuel cell and geothermal systems against their taxes. 

Read more about the tax credit from the US Department of Energy. Read Senator Charles Schumer’s announcement of the extension in the Westfield Republican.

Image courtesy of the humble Farmer.

E2Tech Hosts its First Expo Oct. 1
09/28/2015 - 9:45pm

Environmental and Energy Technology Council of Maine E2TechThe Environmental & Energy Technology Council of Maine (E2Tech) and its partners are pleased to host the inaugural E2Tech Expo on October 1, 2015. Events include keynotes from a Fortune 50 company and a venture capital firm; its first-ever “E2Tech Talks” on Maine’s local and global food movements; a high-level plenary panel on cleantech markets, technologies, and public policies; workshops on energy policy, workforce development & career connections, sustainability in the supply chain, and cluster development and seed funding; and dozens of tables featuring environmental and energy companies, products, services, and resources.

You may see the agenda and register here.

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.

Water Heater Rebates Extended
06/13/2014 - 8:04pm

a heat pump water heater, image courtesy of Efficiency MaineBecause Maine is one of the leaders in adopting heat pump water heater technology, Efficiency Maine announced on June 13 that it is extending its $300 rebates on this appliance for the next 12 months, provided that funding lasts so long.

The rebate form on the website has been updated. It covers purchases made from the past 12 months to the next 12 months.

Read more here.

Photo credit: a heat pump water heater, image courtesy of Efficiency Maine.

LePage Expresses Thoughts on Energy in Video
10/17/2012 - 12:45pm

In a video posted on Youtube on October 15, 2012, Maine Governor Paul LePage expressed his views about how to lower Maine's electricity rates, which he says are not competetive with the rest of the US. The governor favors focusing on energy sources that require no subsidies, citing hydropower, biomass, wood pellets, heat pumps and natural gas. LePage maintains that wind is the most expensive source of power.

Watch it for yourself here.

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