Weatherize Upper Valley 2018 – New Hampshire 

Working together to help you save money and stay warm

Our 2018 Weatherize campaigns are drawing to a close.
Check back for your community’s real-time progress in the charts below!

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Plainfield Cornish Weatherize 2018

What does it mean to “Weatherize” my home? 

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  • Most home weatherization projects focus on air sealing and insulation, two cost effective ways to increase comfort and reduce energy costs.
  • Weatherization can also help resolve issues such as ice dams, mold, air quality, moisture, and drafts.
  • Every home is different, so cost, savings and benefits can vary. According to NHSaves, average project cost for weatherization is around $6,000, with average energy savings around 20%. NHSaves offers rebates up to $4,000 for homes that use the most energy per square foot.

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2018 Weatherize New Hampshire Teams

Orford, Piermont & Lyme

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Partner Contractors
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  •  Building Alternatives
  •  Yankee Thermal Imaging
  •  Quality Insulation of Meredith
  •  ABC Energy Savings
  •  Build Basic Green

Events & Announcements

 

$50 Audit Discount! Thanks to generous support from the Lyme Foundation and the Lyme Benefit Fund, our team is offering $50 audits to anyone in our three towns! Audits typically cost $400 or more. Other Weatherize teams are offering $100 audits. $50 is a great deal!

Volunteer Team

Our team of volunteers from Piermont, Orford Energy Committee, and Lyme Energy Committee are here to help. Contact us anytime:

  • Team Leader: David Perlman, 603.353.9678, davidaperlman@gmail.com

Orford, Lyme, and Piermont Volunteer Team (photo: Molly Drummond)

Lebanon

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Partner Contractors
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  •  Earthshare Contruction
  •  Yankee Thermal Imaging
  •  Quality Insulation of Meredith
  •  ABC Energy Savings
  •  Shakes to Shingles
  •  Build Basic Green

Events & Announcements

Complete your Weatherize Questionnaire and request your $100 audit by the end of March!

Liberty Utility’s pool of rebate funding for weatherization is almost gone. Liberty is currently placing people on a wait list. We’ll keep you posted as we learn more.

Volunteer Team

Our team of Lebanon volunteers is here to help. Contact us anytime:

  • Team Leader: Lynn Garfield, 603.252.0817, lynngarfield17@gmail.com

Weatherize Lebanon Volunteer Team (photo: Molly Drummond)

Cornish & Plainfield

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Partner Contractors
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  • ABC Energy Savings
  • Quality Insulation of Meredith
  • Yankee Thermal Imaging
  • Shakes to Shingles

Events & Announcements

Stay Tuned for EventsWe’re planning “office hours” and tables this winter – check back for dates and times.

Volunteer Team

Our team of volunteers from the Plainfield and Cornish Energy Committees are here to help. Contact us anytime:

  • Team Leader: Steve Ladd, 603.469.3609, stevenaladd@gmail.com

Our contractors answering questions at the January kick off

2018 Weatherize New Hampshire Contractor Team

ABC Energy with name

Based in Concord, NH | Founded in 2013 | BPI since 2011 (when owner Bob Eldredge was working for another local contractor)

ABC Energy Savings seeks to reduce your home’s energy usage, decrease your energy bills, and help you have a more comfortable home. The company offers the benefits of true independent comprehensive home energy audits and recommends the best possible cost-effective solutions. All audits include a free US DOE Home Energy Score when energy improvements are completed.

Contact: Bob Eldredge, owner and auditor, 603.344.4540, bob@abcenergysavings.com

Teams Served

  • Orford, Piermont & Lyme
  • Lebanon
  • Cornish & Plainfield
Build Basic Green

Based in Lebanon, NH | Founded in 2011 | BPI-Certified since 2011

Build Basic Green is a full service energy assessment and construction company, with offices in New Hampshire and Vermont. The principal, Bruce Merritt, has 30 years of experience building, assessing, and installing energy efficient upgrades, with a specialty in Insulated Concrete forms.

Contact: Bruce Merritt, owner and auditor, 802.299.1946, buildbasicgreen@gmail.com

Teams Served

  • Orford, Piermont & Lyme
  • Lebanon
building alternatives

Based in Franconia, NH | Founded in 1987 | BPI-Certified since 2014

Building Alternatives has been an energy efficient builder since 1987. We were “green” back when green was just a color. Conducting Energy Assessments for the past 10 years was a natural progression for us. As builders, we utilize several different construction methods, which makes us unique in understanding ALL building technologies.

Contact: Bob Tortorice, owner and auditor, 603.823.5100, bobt@buildingalternatives.com

Teams Served

  • Orford, Piermont & Lyme
Earthshare

Based in Lebanon, NH | Founded in 2011 | BPI-Certified since 2015

Earthshare Construction is a full service Green General Contractor.  In addition to weatherization projects in both Vermont and New Hampshire, we also do new High Performance homes, additions, renovations, and remodeling.  Our knowledge of home performance and building science allows us to deliver beautiful, comfortable, efficient, and durable projects.

Contact: Ethan Cole, owner and auditor, 802.356.4383, ethan@earthshareconstruction.com

Teams Served

  • Lebanon
Quality-Insulation-of-Meredith

Based in Meredith, NH | Founded in the 1980’s | BPI-Certified since 2012

Quality Insulation of Meredith is a local branch of the nationwide company TruTeam. This gives us the ability to have strong local relationships with a corporate backing. We specialize in insulation and weatherization work with BPI certified auditors and experienced installers. We can help you start to finish with your weatherization project.

Contact: Will Castner, team leader and auditor, 603.393.0117, william.castner@truteam.com

Teams Served

  • Orford, Piermont & Lyme
  • Lebanon
  • Cornish & Plainfield
Shakes to Shingles

Based in Bow, NH | Founded in 2005 | BPI-Certified since 2012

Shakes to Shingles Inspection Services started as a home inspection and building diagnostics company, but since, our focus has shifted to insulation and energy services. Even though our weatherization work is seldom seen, we take a great deal of pride in making sure it is done properly.

Contact: Rich Burns, owner and auditor, 603.415.1115, rich@shakestoshingles.com

Teams Served

  • Lebanon
  • Cornish & Plainfield
Yankee Thermal

Based in Rochester, NH | Founded in 2008 | BPI-Certified since 2012

Yankee Thermal Imaging is a full service energy auditing and insulation firm specializing in residential and commercial energy savings needs. Our goal is to educate home and business owners on the importance of energy efficiency and the benefits that come from having a properly air-sealed and insulated home. We service all of New Hampshire and southern Maine.

Contact: Tori Martin, primary contact, 603.330.9568, tori.martin@yti.biz

Teams Served

  • Orford, Piermont & Lyme
  • Lebanon
  • Cornish & Plainfield

Frequently Asked Questions

Can businesses or nonprofits participate in Weatherize?

NHSaves has a program for “small commercial” energy users that can help businesses and nonprofits reduce their heating and electricity use.

Visit Vital Communities’ Small Businesses Resource Page for a breakdown of available programs and next steps.

Do renters qualify for energy efficiency incentives?

There are many low-cost improvements a renter can install to increase the efficiency of their home. Here is a guide for renters seeking to save energy and stay warm this winter, compiled by Efficiency Vermont.

For larger investments, renters will need to talk to their landlord. You will need to connect your landlord with NHSaves before any efficiency improvements are installed. They’ll be able to point your landlord to rebates and other attractive products that make it financially viable to increase the efficiency of your home.

What are the Weatherize deadlines? What do I have to do by when?

You must fill out your Home Energy Questionnaire by March 31 in order to request your $100 Weatherize Energy Audit.

After your audit is complete and you have your audit report, you must commit to completing energy upgrades by May 31 in order to qualify for Weatherize cash prizes.

I have questions about the Weatherize "Questionnaire"

Visit our Weatherize Questionnaire homepage for instructions on how to complete the questionnaire (online or on paper) and an entire set of “Frequently Asked Questions” specifically related to the questionnaire.

You can also contact Paige Heverly at Vital Communities if you don’t find what you are looking for – Paige@VitalCommunities.org, 802.291.9100 x114

How do I choose a contractor? Do I have to choose just one?

All Weatherize contractors are:

  1. Certified by the Building Performance Institute
  2. Approved and quality-checked by NHSaves
  3. Able to provide comprehensive home energy services

Your goal: choose a contractor you like and trust. They will all do good work for you. So who feels like a good fit?

Tips for choosing a contractor BEFORE you complete the Weatherize Questionnaire:

  • Explore the contractors’ descriptions and websites, listed below.
  • Call one or more contractors and get to know them a little before you make your choice. You might ask what they specialize in, what their approach is, what makes them unique?
  • What are the issues you most want to address in your home? Energy costs? Comfort? Ice Dams? Are there non-energy improvements you would like to take care of at the same time? Ask your contractor if they can help with more than just energy.
  • Some contractors have crews in house, some use subcontractors. Do you have a preference?

Also remember:

  • You should only need one contractor and one energy audit.
  • All Weatherize contractors offer the same pre-determined pricing.
  • The company that completes your audit will be the same company that oversees your home energy project.

What happens during the home energy audit?

Your home energy audit will take about half a day (3-4+ hours) and you should be present. The contractor will want to take a look around, especially in your basement, attic(s), knee-walls, and crawl spaces. Be sure any access points are clear of personal items.

The contractor will perform a blower door test, test the efficiency of your heating appliances, and may also use an infrared camera to identify air leaks and insulation gaps.

After the audit, the contractor will give you an audit report that will tell you how your home is currently performing and where there is room for improvement, with a quote for completing the work.

How long will this process take, start to finish?

This process will likely occur over the course of a few months.

After you submit your Home Energy Questionnaire, your selected partner contractor will contact you within three business days to schedule your home energy audit. Your contractor will try to fit you at the earliest convenient time for you both.

Once your audit is complete, your contractor will deliver an audit report with a scope of work and quote within about two weeks (this could take longer depending on how busy your contractor is– they will communicate with you if they expect a delay). You may want to narrow your scope of work or ask your contractor to do additional work– that’s fine. Just talk to your contractor about your needs, your budget, and your priorities to make sure you’re getting exactly what you expect.

Commit to completing energy upgrades on or before May 31 and be entered to win a Weatherize cash prize of $500. Work can be, and likely will be, completed after May 31. You will schedule when work will be done with your contractor. Many home weatherization projects are completed in the fall (especially attic work!).

Do I have to do EVERYTHING my contractor recommends? It seems like a lot...

No. You can narrow (or add to) the scope of work your contractor gives you. They are capable of tailoring the work scope to meet your priorities and budget. You should not hesitate to contact your contractor if you are concerned about the cost, size, or scope of the improvements recommended for your home– they’ll work with you to make sure your project is in line with your expectations.

If you qualify for NHSaves rebates, your scope of work must be approved by your utility company. If you decide to reduce or expand the scope of your home’s project, you will need to get confirmation from your utility company that your home’s project still qualifies for rebates. This approval process will happen through your contractor, so make sure you are communicating with your contractor about how a change to your contractor’s suggested work scope could affect your home’s eligibility for NHSaves rebates.

What should I expect when the contractor comes to do the work?

You and your contractor will choose a time-frame that works for you both. Depending on the project size, the work could take anywhere from a few days to a few weeks.

You should talk with your contractor so you know exactly what to expect, but they may:

  • ask you to clear your belongings out of the work area (like attics and basements)
  • bring a work crew of a few people to complete the job (be sure to ask your contractor whether they’ll be using sub-contractors or in-house crews)
  • be using noisy equipment, especially for installing sprayfoam or blown-in insulation
  • require the work area to be ventilated, especially if working with sprayfoam

Be sure to clarify what work will be done and how it will affect you and your household. Establish clear expectations BEFORE your project begins to avoid any surprises.

What if something goes wrong?

All contractors have workmanship guarantees. You should thoroughly read your contractor agreement to ensure you understand what protections they offer BEFORE your project begins. The best thing you can do is to have clear expectations for your contractor BEFORE your work begins. Doing so will avoid miscommunication and save you time in the long-run.

If you qualify for NHSaves rebates and you are dissatisfied with your project, you will need to contact your utility representative to trigger a quality assurance review.

How does the Weatherize prize drawing work?

If you commit to completing home energy upgrades by May 31 you will be entered to win a Weatherize cash prize of $500.

Each of the three New Hampshire teams (Orford-Piermont-Lyme, Lebanon, and Plainfield-Cornish) will have one winner. So, there will be three New Hampshire winners and FIVE total Weatherize prize winners!

How are the NHsaves rebates funded?

Four New Hampshire electric utilities offer NHsaves programs for residential and commercial customers – Eversource, Liberty Utilities, New Hampshire Electric Coop, and Unitil.

NHsaves programs are funded primarily by commercial and residential customers through a Systems Benefit Charge (SBC) that the NH Public Utilities Commission (NHPUC) applies to all electric accounts for the four participating utilities. The NHPUC requires that funding be used for energy efficiency programs that cover all customers throughout the state in some way.  For the residential sector; programs include rebates for LED bulbs, ENERGY STAR appliances, new construction ENERGY STAR homes and weatherization for existing homes.

The NHPUC allocates funding back to each utility based on the number of customers served in the state by that utility.  Each utility then works with the NHPUC to set rebate budgets for each program for the calendar year. Unfortunately there is not enough funding to weatherize every home in NH, which is why weatherization rebates are reserved for homes that use the most heating energy per square foot through the Home Performance with ENERGY STAR (HPwES) program and income eligible homes through the Home Energy Assistance (HEA) program. The HEA program also receives a small amount of funding from the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI).

If your utility’s HPwES program runs out of rebate money before the end of the year, they may start a wait list for next year’s funding, as is happening right now with Liberty Utilities. Liberty is a smaller utility and started the year with a relatively small budget and a wait list from 2017. The other utilities are, as of now, not in danger of running out of rebate funding before the end of the Weatherize Upper Valley campaign this spring.

What happens if I am put on Liberty Utilities' wait list?

NHsaves weatherization rebates up to $4,000 are available from your electric utility for homes that use above a certain amount of energy per square foot. The Weatherize Questionnaire will help you determine whether your home qualifies.

As of February 2018, due to limited funding, Liberty Utilities is placing customers on a WAIT LIST for their NHsaves weatherization rebate program.

What you need to know about Liberty Utilities’ wait list:

  • Wait list slots are “First-Come-First-Serve” and are related to NEXT YEAR’S rebate funding, available starting January 2019. At this point, all customers on the wait list are expected to receive rebate funding in 2019.
  • Around November 2018, you will be contacted by Liberty in November about scheduling a $100 energy audit with the contractor listed in your original application.
  • After January 1, 2019 you will be free to begin your project, with Liberty paying 50% of the cost up to $4,000. Liberty can help you finance the rest of the project with a 2% interest loan.
  • You WILL still receive a $100 energy audit – but not until you are called off the wait list, likely around November 2018.
  • We do NOT recommend you schedule an energy audit on your own in the meantime, as you would still be required to complete an audit when you are called off the wait list (even if you had one completed earlier in the year).
  • You will NOT be entered into the Weatherize prize drawing (one $500 winner will be selected in June 2018 from a list of participants who completed weatherize projects in 2018)
  • Vital Communities WILL be here to help. We’ll keep an eye on your status on the wait list, keep you informed If we learn anything of interest, and do everything we can to help you complete your weatherization project next winter.

If you choose NOT to be placed on the wait list,

  • You will receive a $100 energy audit from a Weatherize contractor as soon as you like.
  • You can complete your weatherization project as soon as you like.
  • You will be entered into the $500 prize drawing if you choose to move forward with a weatherization project.
  • You will not receive any rebates.

At this time, Liberty Utilities is the only utility with a wait list. Eversource and New Hampshire Electric Coop still have plenty of funding for eligible Weatherize participants.

How is Weatherize Upper Valley funded?

Vital Communities, as a nonprofit organization, provided staff support and materials for the Weatherize program. Our funding comes from individual donations from people like you. Funding for Weatherize also comes from:

  • Jane’s Trust Foundation
  • Harris and Francis Block Foundation
  • Dead River Company
  • Energy Emporium
  • Perry’s Oil and Patten Gas