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Home Energy Answers Goes to Vinalhaven Island

Posted on August 15, 2012

Home Energy Answers spent a week in July out on Vinalhaven Island where we did Residential Energy Audits and completed 8 Residential Direct Install Weatherization services. Vinalhaven has a uniquely difficult situation in that they have a much higher exposure to the elements (increasing the natural air flow through the homes), a much older housing stock, much higher costs of heating fuels, and typcially, a much higher cost of repair work to tighten the homes up. But utilizing the RDI program through Efficiency Maine, and in working in coordination with the Island Institute of Rockland (and their grant to offset the higher costs) and the Vinalhaven Energy Club (thanks to everyone for their hard work and coordination), we were able to offer services at a reasonable price. We hope to do the same for the other 14 annually inhabited islands off the coast of Maine.

 

Efficiency Maine officially released the Residential Direct Install Program

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As a move to help all Mainer’s get energy evaluations done, AND get their home weatherized, Efficiency Maine has created a program that will pay Energy Advisors $300 towards and audit, and 6 hours of airsealing. It’s not a reimbursement to the home owner as previous programs have done, but paid directly to the approved advisor.

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Home Energy Answers is participating in a new program aimed at improving comfort as well as lowering your overall home heating costs. Visit the Efficiency Maine website for further details or call us today to get started eliminating those cold drafts in your home!

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 lighting

Lighting

Efficiency Maine works with lighting manufacturers, retailers, and distributors to reduce the prices of energy-efficient lighting products in stores statewide. Try Efficiency Maine’s lighting savings calculator to see how much you can save each year by replacing standard incandescent bulbs with energy-efficient bulbs.

In-store discounts available.

Find the best LED retail prices
Find a participating retailer
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 heat pumps

Ductless Heat Pumps

Supplemental or Space Heating Systems

Ductless heat pumps (or “mini-split” heat pumps) distribute heat and cooling directly to the spaces where they are installed. Ductless heat pumps have an outdoor unit connected to an indoor unit via small, copper refrigerant lines.

$500 – $750 incentive available.

Learn more about heat pumps.

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 Heat Pump Hot Water Heater

Heat Pump Water Heater

Water Heating

Each year, thousands of Mainers buy heat pump water heaters. ENERGY STAR® reports that these high-efficiency units can save a four-person household more than $3,000 over ten years when compared to electric water heaters. Other benefits include long warranties and the ability to dehumidify.

$500 rebate available.

Learn more about heat pump water heaters.

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 attic insulation

Insulation

Under-insulated attics and walls can be a significant energy drain. For optimal energy efficiency, your home should be insulated from the roof down to the foundation. When insulation is properly installed, heating and cooling systems run less frequently, helping to reduce on-going energy expenses.

$700 incentive available.

Up to $2,100 available for insulation and air sealing projects.

Natural gas customers may be eligible for additional incentives.

Learn more about insulation.

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 wholehouse insulation

Basement Spray Foam Insulation

Insulation materials reduce the transfer of heat from one place to another. For optimal energy efficiency, your home should be insulated from the roof down to the foundation. When insulation is properly installed, heating systems run less frequently, helping to reduce on-going energy expenses.

$700 incentive available.

Up to $2,100 available for insulation and air sealing projects.

Natural gas customers may be eligible for additional incentives.

Learn more about Spray Foam Insulation.

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Roof Ventilation



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Assessments & Air Sealing



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