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.

Heat Pump News

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.

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.

Heat Pump Maker Hallowell Out of Business
05/28/2011 - 6:10pm

Bangor heat pump manufacturer Hallowell International has gone out of business, and its assets will be auctioned off next month.  Hallowell's high-efficiency heating and cooling system, the Acadia, was recognized as a top green product by trade publications, and the company received a state business award in 2009. Since then, however, sales have fallen and customer complaints increased, the paper reported. In February, the company said it cut its full-time staff of 40 to just three, and President Duane Hallowell told the paper he was seeking an investor. The company has not filed for bankruptcy, and McKay told the paper that Hallowell may still attempt to sell the business. Hallowell did not return calls to the paper seeking comment.Northeast Bank requested the auction to liquidate its assets and recover outstanding debt. Hallowell International also owes the city more than $170,000 related to two community development loans of $100,000 awarded to the company in 2006. The company also leased its office space on Hildreth Street from the city.
For the full article please click here.

Maine’s Governor Endorses Geothermal Heat Pumps
05/28/2011 - 6:03pm

The Governor’s Office of Energy Independence and Security (OEIS) has submitted its findings and recommendations to the Joint Standing Committee on Energy, Utilities and Technology. “Residential Geothermal Heating & Cooling Systems in Maine.”
For the full report please click here.