Blog : Miscellaneous
By Michael McCord
Green Alliance Correspondent
NEWINGTON – When it comes to energy efficiency and savings to the bottom line, LED and CFL lighting options are transforming homes and businesses.
Gino Milne, the branch manager for Rockingham Electric Supply in Newington, has more than three decades of experience in the lighting industry and he says that with each passing day residential and commercial customers are becoming better informed about making electric lighting more cost efficient today and tomorrow.
“I think there has always been a consciousness in the commercial sector about saving money on their electric bills because businesses are so acutely aware of their bottom-line,” Milne said. “But we’ve come a long way as far as residential awareness because customers now know and care about saving as much as possible on their home energy consumption.”
By Jim Cavan
A cursory glance through adaptDESIGN’s scrolling online portfolio paints a picture of a company for which size and scale mark the makings of a masterpiece—gorgeously grand New England homes gently guided towards their platonic ideal.
But as a recent Portsmouth project proves, Bob Cook and Paul Fowler are just as prone to parlay even small renovations into something bigger, better and bountifully more beautiful.
It began as many architectural undertakings begin: by way of a referral from an earlier adaptDESIGN client. That project, also located in Portsmouth, yielded an exemplar of Cook and Fowler’s grander gambits—from 1920s Dutch colonial to a beacon of modern design and practicality.
Lynne S., by contrast, was less concerned with an all-out overhaul as she was a particularly pressing problem: how to turn a three-bedroom, 1940s Cape into a space capable of accommodating four children and her own mother.
The Isles of Shoals Steamship Company and the Green Alliance are working together all summer long to give members and future members deals on local island adventures! Each week we will be posting a story on Monday, with details of how to win a free ticket from the Isles of Shoals Steamship Company! This week, we'll be giving the ticket to the first person to become a Green Alliance member and email Katie@greenalliance.biz confirming that they have joined.
Are you familiar with the Isles of Shoals Steamship Company, and the many cruises they offer throughout the summer? Enjoy Memorial Day aboard the Thomas Leighton, and kick off summer with an expertly narrated Isles of Shoals and Portsmouth harbor tour with the added bonus of a guided walking tour on Star Island! Disembark and explore Star Island with a knowledgeable narrator or get adventurous and explore on your own. This cruise provides approximately 1 hour on Star Island.
Every year, the Green Alliance holds its Isles of Shoals Steamship cruise, and this year's is coming right up! Mark your calendars for Thursday, July 10th, and join us as we set sail on the Piscataqua with music, complimentary hors d'oeuvres, cash bar, and all your Green Alliance friends! The cruise leaves at 7:30, so make sure to jump onboard early! The ship will dock at 9:30, but will stay dockside until 10, so you can continue to enjoy the party well after sunset. We're pleased to be partnering with New Hampshire Public Television to put on this event, so you'll be enjoying the company of us and the folks at NHPTV as well!
By Heikki (Herb) Perry
Green Alliance Correspondent
Spring is in full swing and a homeowner’s fancy lightly turns to thoughts of spring cleaning.
“Spring is a great time to empty the closets, de-clutter, move the furniture and get your walls and ceilings painted,” says Sean Sturk, owner of Minute Men Painters. “And since there will be new colors of nature outside, why not put new colors on your home, a change that can significantly impact your psyche and make you feel better?”
Established in 1998, Minute Men Painters is a Portsmouth-based painting company committed to providing reliable, professional and sustainable services to every improvement project in the paint arena. Minute Men typically works on jobs within a 30- to 40-mile radius from Portsmouth, an area that includes Southern Maine down to Newburyport.
Grab your popcorn and settle in for an evening of short unique films presented by Film Unbound. This media production company creates films, promotes artists with potential, and gives production demonstrations to invested parties.
Each month Film Unbound puts on an event known to the seacoast locals as the Portsmouth Short Film Nights (PSFN). This event generates a lot of attention from the public and is looked forward to by many. At the end of the night audience members get the opportunity to personally ask questions to the filmmakers. Making the experience personal and educating for filmmakers and entrepreneurs looking to expand their business. For all those aspiring producers film submissions are always welcome and are free to the filmmakers!
The PSFN has traveled around Durham and the city of Portsmouth. They have visited numerous bars and restaurants including The Press Room, several Strawberry Banke locations, and the Portsmouth Public Media.
April showers have brought May flowers, which means summer is just around the corner! The Green Alliance is kicking off the season with the annual Spring Cleaning Blowout sales. A select few of the GA’s Business Partners are offering springtime discounts on their services. No more procrastination, the end of the deals are approaching on May 31st for all Green Alliance Members!
You are a Green Alliance member, aren't you?
If you're not, there is no better time to sign up than right now. Just a look at all the deals we have!
By Patrick Martin
Since the dawn of spectacles, eyewear has come quite a long way in terms of fashion. From the highly distinguished and aristocratic monocle to the first pair of bifocals, glasses and more specifically frames have become increasingly customizable to each and every individual.
Join Harbor Eyecare Center on May 22 as they celebrate the stylistic side of vision while introducing their new Tom Ford frames line.
Harbor is excited to offer the work of a designer as prestigious as Tom Ford. His work can be seen on the faces of many celebrities including Brad Pitt, Jennifer Aniston, and even Kim Kardashian.
In addition to refreshments, the Portsmouth-based eye care provider will be offering a free frame giveaway and other exclusive deals throughout the evening. Don’t miss your chance to check out the Tom Ford Style Show and get to know your local sustainable eye care professionals!
Portsmouth comes alive in the summer, and just like any other season, there is ritual and celebration. Hit The Decks is put on every year by the Greater Portsmouth Chamber of Commerce, where Portsmouth’s restaurants can celebrate the season of waterfront dining.
What’s in it for you? Two words: drink specials. With dozens of businesses participating, you’ll find something interesting around nearly every corner. So yes, that includes our friends out by the water. Don’t forget to stop by Poco’s Bow Street Cantina and the Portsmouth Brewery for Hit The Decks specials all night tonight!
As always, if you're a Green Card Member, you can save 10% on your bill at the Brewery or at Poco's.
People helping people. It's what Community Toolbox, Inc. does best. Take for example an Exeter woman who uses a wheelchair. She was unable to leave her home because of an incomplete access ramp. With just a few tools and some wood, one of Community Toolbox's volunteers was able to give the woman her life back.
This is just one, small, story out of the many that Community Toolbox can share. They're in the business of helping others live safe, healthy lives without worrying about repairs and renovations that can be too daunting or costly for homeowners to take on themselves.
As a three-fold business, Community Toolbox offers homeowners the chance to make the necessary improvements to their homes without emptying their wallets. The Retail Outlet sells discounted home goods like kitchen appliances, bathroom tiles, cabinetry and more that they receive through donation and through their DeConstruction program - the hand removal of still functional materials for reuse. The DeConstruction Program not only helps individuals, but the environment as well by keeping large quantities of unnecessary waste out of landfills. Sales from the retail outlet support Community Toolbox's Fix-It program, the life blood of the business, who go out into the community to assist with homeowner’s repairs.
Each year there's a new electronic device we're itching to buy, whether it’s a smartphone, TV, tablet or computer, we're inundated with messages telling us to upgrade. So what happens when we do upgrade? Where does an old iPhone or laptop end up? Some consumers wipe the memory from their devices and donate their old equipment to charities that refurbish the technology. But sadly, many people throw their electronics out with the household trash, which can lead to both environmental and personal data issues.
On May 17 from 8 a.m. to noon, MetalWave, Inc. will support a large-scale recycling event located in the lot of the Old Hampton Court House and the fire department headquarters on 130 Winnacunnet Road in Hampton. Items to bring include any end-of-life IT products, from laptops, servers and PCs, to keyboards, mice, printers, hand-held electronics such as smart-phones, tablets, PDAs and household items like telephones and televisions.
What better way to spring into summer than with a new look from Acorn Organic Salon. Acorn Organic Salon is one of the GA business partners offering spring time discounts on their services as part of Green Alliance’s annual Spring Cleaning Blowout Sale! Acorn Salon is not offering one but two great discounts that will run now through May 31st! If you've been to Acorn before, but haven't in over a year you'll get a FREE cut with any color! If you’ve been to Acorn recently you still get 20% off your entire bill, a step above the standard member discount of 15%.
Acorn Organic Salon is located on Sixth Street in Dover and stands out from other salons with their green business practices. All hair and body products are thoroughly researched and chosen based on toxicity, safety, naturalness, and organic ingredients. Acorn Salon has made sustainable efforts in all aspects of their business, down to the furniture and flooring!
These special discounts are valid from now until May 31st for Green Cardholders. If you are not already a Green Alliance member, click here to sign up!!
Yankee Thermal Imaging wants you to stay cool this summer! At YTI, they're all about efficiency, and want to share their secrets to saving energy with Green Alliance members. Valid through July 1st, GA members can access an energy appraisal for only $225 (regularly $300)!
Unknowingly, you could be throwing hundreds of dollars each year to the wind just by hot and cold air leaking out of your home. The cost of energy is not cheap, and with an energy appraisal from YTI, you can figure out ways to make your home more energy efficient (and save up to $500 a year!). This summer is the perfect time to get control of your cooling and heating systems, and with this generous discount--why not?!
YTI uses state-of-the-art equipment, including thermal imaging cameras, blower doors, and combustion safety equipment to diagnose problem areas in your home. After the various tests, you will receive a comprehensive report of YTI's findings, suggesting the ways in which your energy use could be more useful.
Lets be honest we could all use a little spring cleaning and who better than Green Maids to help you out. There is no better time as Green Alliance is in full swing of the annual Spring Cleaning Blowout Sale! A few of GA’s business partners are offering great discounts on their services. Green Maids is offering 25% off of all cleaning services for new clients only!
Green Maids is a residential and commercial green cleaning company that services Southern Maine and the New Hampshire Seacoast. Green Maids strives to use the most eco-friendly products and methods currently available. All the products they use are guaranteed to be all-natural, biodegradable, earth friendly, non-toxic and safe for your home or office.
There truly is no better time to let Green Maids do your spring cleaning for you! This special discount is valid from now until May 31st for Green Cardholders. If you are not already a Green Alliance member, click here to sign up!!
The Green Alliance is celebrating the arrival of warm weather with our annual Spring Cleaning Blowout Sale! A few green businesses are offering special discounts for the month of May. One of our local Business Partners, Cornerstone Tree Care, is offering a special discount for their landscaping services! Instead of the normal $36/yard price for black mulch, Cornerstone Tree Care is giving Green Alliance members black mulch for $30 per yard! The black mulch is superior to others because it’s locally produced, organic and composted.
Cornerstone Tree Care strives to work around the natural confines of each unique yard in order to give customers service that the trees themselves might want. No spikes are worn during the belaying process, and Cornerstone uses biodegradable lubricants and biodesel in their equipment. Cornerstone Tree Care is one-of-a-kind when it comes to a sustainable tree removal business. Their tree waste is always recycled and composted into lumber, firewood or landscape mulch.
PORTSMOUTH — Tomorrow is race day at the Strawberry Banke Museum. The Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure starts at 8:30 a.m. Online registration is now closed, but those who want to partake can pick up registration packets on the field at Strawberry Banke Museum from 1:00 to 7:00 p.m. on Friday, May 9. Registration will open at 6:30 a.m. on Saturday, May 10. All participants registering on race day will be charged an additional $5.00.
Breast cancer affects one out of eight women. Every year, millions of women and their families suffer because of this disease. To help raise awareness for breast cancer, the Vermont-New Hampshire affiliate of the Susan G. Komen organization is hosting their annual 5K race on May 10. Participants can decide to walk or run the 3.1 mile long stretch starting at the Strawberry Banke Muesum in Portsmouth. If you don't feel like running or walking, there are plenty of volunteer opportunities available and there is an amazing Silent Auction for you to shop at!
Did you know that every Green Alliance business undergoes a full and transparent Sustainability Certification? GA takes a look at what makes the business green and where they have room to improve. Check out Kennebunk Savings' Green Story below and learn more about what makes this community-friendly bank green! Kennebunk Savings has been a green-certified Green Alliance Business Partner for a number of years now, but we recently updated their Green Story. To read all of Kennebunk Savings' certification documents, click here.
Founded in 1871, Kennebunk Savings is an independent, mutually owned savings bank that sets itself apart from its short-term focused, stockholder peers by preserving its fiscal responsibility as a business to benefit the community over the long term. Today, the company boasts 16 banking offices that serve individuals and businesses in York County Maine and Seacoast New Hampshire. Its newest branch opened in Hampton in May 2013 and is its third location in New Hampshire.
Kennebunk Savings offers a complete suite of financial services, including insurance and investment products, for personal and commercial customers alike. And while they offer products and services similar to any big bank, they are very much the same community-oriented company as it was when it started. Kennebunk Savings’ “Community Promise” is to donate 10 percent of their annual profits to local nonprofit organizations, resulting in over $7.5 million in donations since 1994 and helping upwards of 350 organizations every year. In 2012 alone, 8,500 volunteer hours were given back to the community by employees who shared their time and talent.
Winter is long gone, which means it's time to start those Spring cleaning projects you've been putting off. Green Alliance Business Partner, Proulx Oil & Propane, is offering a special discount for anyone interested in getting their furnaced checked and cleaned.
It's extremely important to get home furnaces serviced each year in case of dangerous leaks or misplaced connections. Now is the best time to get your system looked at because Green Cardholders save big at Proulx Oil & Propane this Spring!
Green Alliance members save 50% off Proulx Oil's Annual Clean and Service when they become a new propane customer. You'll also receive half off Proulx's regular clean and service rate for each appliance cleaned. Cleaning and servicing must be done on the same day so that the new tank is set at the customer's home.
Embrace the climbing temperatures while cruising along scenic roads from the seat of a new scooter or bike. EZ Bikes and Scooters is rejoicing at the return of warmer, longer days and is offering GA members a great reason to join the fun!
EZ Bikes and Scooters is offering a bonus discount to GA members--not only will GA members receive $100 off the purchase of any new scooter or bike, but if you purchase a Genuine Scooter, you will receive a free helmet or cover! This offer is only good until the end of May, so go test ride your new bike today!
Purchasing a bike or scooter is a fun way to travel this summer, and a great way to reduce your fill-ups. EZ Bikes and Scooters will help you find the right fit for you and your needs, and with these great offers, why not get a new ride today?!