BACK PAGE The New Hampshire Electric Co-op TODAY JANUARY 2008 n Watts Happening n Emergency Prep n NRECA Award Warm Up to Insulation n Member Discount RESOURCE CORNER n Fred Said Insulation is a homeowner’s primary line of A more advanced type of insulation is defense against cold weather with its ability cellulose. Made from recycled newspaper, it’s to keep heat inside. Its ability to resist heat flow is measured in R value – the higher one of the better materials for new or existing construction. It is blown by a machine into Your Electric Co-op’s Newsletter the R value, the less heat will be able to attics, wall cavities and other hard-to-reach transfer. There are many types of insulation places. Unlike fiberglass, it can reduce air on the market today which all have different movement, therefore improving the air benefits, applications and costs. leakage of a building. The most common and least expensive One advanced type of insulation becoming Feature article: insulation is fiberglass. It has been very very popular today is spray foam. Although it popular in new construction for decades but does not perform as well as many of the newer is one of the most expensive types, it provides the largest benefit in home performance. 2008: What’s On Tap? advanced types being used today. It can easily Not only does spray foam have the highest be purchased in rolls or batts and installed R value per inch, but it also eliminates air Check these HELPFUL WEBSITES The Co-op is hitting the ground system to replace by a homeowner. When installed properly, it leakage and provides a moisture and air for more information about running in 2008 with plans the existing low will improve the energy performance of any barrier. It requires some very high tech that build on the success of last band system. These what type of insulation is home. equipment to install spray foam and should year and set the stage for future two technologies is only be installed by a qualified professional. BEST FOR YOUR HOME… improvements. will greatly improve Insulation also comes in a variety of other our ability to “talk” In the field, NHEC will materials. Foam boards in 2x8 or 4x8 with our crews out in http://www.ornl.gov/~roofs/ be taking the first steps FRED SAID: “Did you know sheets of different materials can be used the field and gather data easily to provide thermal, air and moisture Zip/ZipHome.html towards implementation of a that you can take a federal tax from our substations and meters emissions resistance. Many new homes are utilizing Communications/Automated credit of up to $500 for adding A joint venture between Oak Ridge National throughout the service territory. and manage these materials by manufacturing structural Laboratory and the U.S. Department of En- Metering Infrastructure (AMI), insulation to your home?” When AMI is fully deployed their energy costs. NHEC will panels (SIPS), to create a wall system which ergy, this site lets you enter your zip code that will revolutionize the way in the later stages of the project, continue to offer rebates on the provides insulation and framing easily put and a quick calculation will tell you the most information is exchanged between economic insulation level for your new or NHEC will be able to read every installation of solar hot water together on site. our headquarters and the electric existing house. meter every day, on a schedule or systems and wind generators meter on your house or business. In Whatever type of insulation you are using, on demand. There will be no need in its service territory. New in it needs to be protected with a fire resistant www.insulationsmart.com 2008 NHEC will begin a multiple for meter readers to go to every 2008, rebate offers will also be step program that upgrades material. Make sure you check with local or An online calculator lets you estimate your property each month, nor will extended to members installing state officials to be sure what coverings will potential monthly savings with insulation its electronic communications there be a need for Metering solar photovoltaic systems (solar be adequate for your particular situation. that minimizes a major source of energy loss infrastructure to ensure adequate Specialists to make trips to PV). The Co-op will also expand from your home. communications coverage from properties for “off-cycle” activities its Commercial & Industrial (Information for this article was provided by NHEC www.builderonline.com Colebrook to Raymond. The such as re-reads or transfer reads. program to include rebates on the Residential Energy Efficiency Program Administrator project will be phased in over the Chris Johnson. Chris is also President of the Northeast A great source of “how-to” information that’s Under a funding plan approved by replacement of fossil fueled boilers next four years. Home Energy Rating System Alliance) perfect for the do-it-yourself homeowner. the NHEC Board of Directors, with high efficiency units, as well As part of this comprehensive the entire Communiations/AMI as a rebate program for businesses capital investment, the Co-op implementation will be paid for by installing geothermal heat pump Who is Fred? He’s Fred Anderson, President & CEO of the Co-op and he’s big on energy efficiency! will be replacing its aging two- repurposing existing funds, thereby systems. way radio system with a wide avoiding the need to increase rates. There’s a lot to look forward to area telecom network consisting For member service Also in 2008, the Co-op will be in 2008 and we’ll keep you up please call of microwave and fiber links To report an outage New Hampshire Electric Cooperative expanding its energy efficiency to date on our progress in the 1-800-698-2007 please call throughout NHEC’s service Monday-Friday, 8-5:00 579 Tenney Mountain Highway and renewable energy programs to months to come. 1-800-343-6432 Plymouth, NH 03264 territory and a two-way radio or visit us online at help members reduce their carbon www.nhec.coop Winter Storm Outages – Be Prepared Co-op Wins 2008 National WATTS HAPPENING! Community Service Award Board of Directors Meetings Winter is here – be ready for storm-related outages with the following preparations… The NHEC Board of Directors meets The National Rural Electric Coop- ments to be repaid over time on the monthly at dates and locations that are A home emergency kit can be invaluable in an outage, especially if power is likely to be out for some time. We all hope available on the Co-op website at www. that any outage is short lived, but preparing for longer interruptions is time well spent. Here are some ideas for your kit: erative Association (NRECA) an- member’s electric bill, using the ener- nhec.coop/boardofdirectors, or by calling nounced that New Hampshire Elec- gy savings generated by the products Sharon Yeaton at 603-536-8801. tric Co-op (NHEC) is the recipient of themselves. Basic Needs Water its 2008 Community Service Award Seeking Candidates for Board • Portable radio If you know a storm with the potential to for Energy Efficiency. NHEC also developed a program of Directors • Flashlight(s) cause outages is coming, fill containers with for Cranmore staff which enabled Four seats on the 11-member Co-op Board water, including your bathtub(s). Separate The award recognizes NHEC’s en- the resort to participate in ISO-New of Directors will be up for election to three- • Spare batteries water for drinking from that for other uses. ergy efficiency efforts at Cranmore England’s demand response program. year terms in 2008. In a cooperative, the • Candles Flush toilets sparingly with a bucket of water. Mountain in North Conway, where Notified by NHEC of high electric- members themselves elect candidates they • Matches or a lighter the ski area saved more than $50,000 ity price/demand periods, Cranmore feel will best represent them on the Board Food in energy costs last winter. was able to curtail its electric usage of Directors. Voting takes place by mail • Wind up or battery alarm clock Plan on a 3 to 5 day supply for each member ballot in May 2008 with board members and get paid the actual price for the • Moist towelettes (baby wipes) of the family, including family pets. These can NHEC bested more than 60 electric installed at the June annual meeting. The power it did not consume. Demand include: cooperatives from across the country Co-op seeks broad representation from a • Freezer ice packs - keep them in the in winning the award, which is given response participants provide an im- freezer all the time so they’re ready to use • Canned meats, vegetables and fruits portant resource for New England. diverse group of individuals and encourages annually to a cooperative that has all qualified members to consider running • Large cooler or ice chest • Freeze-dried meats, vegetables, fruits, and done the most to provide their mem- They help ensure the power grid’s re- for one of the open seats. You must be a Co- prepared meals ber-owners with the most efficient liability, reduce wholesale price vola- • Sleeping bags or blankets op member in order to run for a position • Instant foods systems and practices possible. tility that drives up the cost of power • Warm, dry clothing on the Board. For more information about for everyone, and reduce air pollution • Foil pouch products how to get your name on next year’s ballot, • First aid kit Working in partnership with Cran- by enabling older, less efficient power contact Sharon Yeaton at 603-536-8801, or • Infant foods and needs more staff, NHEC provided a rebate plants to run less often. • Personal hygiene supplies email@example.com. • Pet foods of $15,000 toward the purchase of • Baby supplies, including diapers 20 low energy tower snow guns that NHEC will receive the award at D.C. Youth Tour – Last Chance! • In addition, the following will make life are estimated to be 60% more energy NRECA’s 2008 Annual Meeting to High school juniors have until Febru- • without power easier: be held February 24-27 in Anaheim, ary 29, 2008 to apply for a spot on the efficient than conventional guns. In • Manual can opener addition, NHEC provided the capi- CA. NRECA is the national service 2008 Washington D.C. Youth Tour. To tal to purchase two fan guns costing organization that represents the na- enter, just write a letter to an elected of- • Disposable plates, cups, and eating utensils ficial about an issue that’s important to $56,300 through its SmartSTART tion’s more than 900 private, not- • Camp stove and fuel program (Savings Through Afford- for-profit, consumer-owned electric you. Before you send it, make a copy and send it to Youth Tour Coordinator Au- To Report an Outage able Retrofit Technologies). This pro- cooperatives, which provide service to drey Simpson, c/o NHEC, or simpsona@ gram allows for the cost of improve- 40 million people in 47 states. nhec.com. More information is available The Co-op’s Control Center is a busy place during times Super Sunday under the Community menu on our web- of widespread power outages. You can help our employees and yourself if your power goes out by following these Ski Bash! Get half-price lift tickets on site: www.nhec.coop. Average Bill Going Down in January simple steps: The Co-op is again teaming up with its member ski Members will see a modest bill decrease • To report an outage, call 1-800-343-6432.We areas to offer half-price all-day lift tickets for members only on Sunday, February 3, 2008. Super Bowl Sunday effective this month. The monthly bill for the typical residential member will recommend you keep this number posted in a Co-op Members - Present this coupon (originals only, no convenient place in your home – near the phone, on go down approximately 73 cents due to Start your Super Bowl Sunday on the slopes, then get photocopies) at any of the following ski resorts on Sunday, your refrigerator…wherever it’s easy to remember a combination of rate changes. While the ready to cheer on the Patriots (fingers crossed) in the February 3, 2008 and receive up to four all-day lift tickets at and locate. Delivery Charge portion of your bill will big game! half the regular rate in effect at the time: increase slightly to cover the cost of the • Have your account number ready – if we don’t have Clip the coupon to the right and present it at Co-op’s expanded energy efficiency and your phone number on record, you’ll be prompted to the ticket window at any of the participating • Cranmore renewable energy programs, a reduction enter your 10-digit account number. This information mountains on February 3, 2008 to receive in the Stranded Cost portion of your bill will automatically enter your outage in our computer • The Balsams Wilderness Ski Area your discount. Each coupon is good for up to will more than offset that increase. The database without the need to speak to a Control • Black Mountain four people and applies to all age groups. Stranded Cost charge is a per kilowatt- Center employee directly. • Dartmouth Skiway hour charge that pays for part of the costs • Tune in to local radio – the Co-op will notify local Take your pick of any of these great ski related to the Seabrook Station nuclear radio stations in your area if we expect your power to resorts: Cranmore (North Conway), The Balsams Discount is valid on February 3, 2008 only; not to be combined with any other offers. power plant and the cost of terminating be out for an extended period of time. Wilderness Ski Area (Dixville Notch), Black Mountain Discount applies only to lift tickets, not valid for any other mountain activities. a long-term power supply contract with Co-op members may also present recent copy of NHEC bill (six months to present) to receive discount. ( Jackson), Dartmouth Skiway (Lyme). Public Service of New Hampshire.