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Little Green Homes - Green Alliance Discount

By Patrick | Feb 3, 2014 | in

 

Green Alliance members -- use your card to get 25% off design fees on a Little Green Homes design-build contract.  Save even more on your home improvement plans by using other Green Alliance business partners.

To learn more about Little Green Homes, click here

The Green Alliance seeks part-time Community & Member Manager!

By Sam | Feb 3, 2014 | in

Did you know that the Green Alliance has a Green Jobs Board? Keep up with who's hiring in the seacoast and feel good about the work you do!

Sometimes we list jobs on the Green Jobs Board, too. This one is a part-time position as GA's Community & Member Manager. Click through to read the job description and apply through Jobscore!

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Great Works to Attend Free Wellness Fair

By Patrick | Jan 31, 2014 | in

NORTH BERWICK -- If traditional medicine doesn’t have you on the path back to wellness, why not try the alternative? Support for holistic medicine has been gaining traction across the country, and if you would like to look into it, you may have the perfect opportunity in the coming weeks.

From 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 8, Doughtry Falls Physical Therapy and Mainely You Massage will host the Holistic Healing Arts & Wellness Fair at 73 Elm St. in North Berwick. Don’t miss your chance to meet Green Alliance business partner Dr. Bri Duga of Great Works Chiropractic & Wellness, one of several featured practitioners in attendance.

Visions Kitchens and Design: Green Design at its Core

By Madelaine | Jan 30, 2014 | in

“… Green means products that are good for the planet and safe for your home.”
— Vision Kitchens and Design on Green Specialties

PORTSMOUTH — Visions Kitchens and Design is a full-on kitchen design company specializing in cabinets, countertops, closet systems, and much more. Since its launch in 2010, sustainability has always been a main focus in its design processes.

Visions Kitchens works to make its products good for the planet and also as safe as possible for your home and family. Its counters and cabinets are made with renewable and salvaged/recycled materials. Bamboo is one of the popular and sustainable choices for floors, cabinetry, and counters. This material provides excellent strength and renewability.

Visions Kitchens has made strides to eliminate the use of any products that contain harmful chemicals. Most lumber, glue, and finishes it uses on products contain low VOC’s (Volatile Organic Compounds) and contain no added urea-formaldehyde.

Visions Kitchens has attained various LEED credits from projects and designs they have done. LEED is a popular eco-building rating system. Some of these credits include adhesives, paints and coatings that all contain low VOC levels, all cabinetry is manufactured within 500 miles of installation location, its wheat board is composed of plants harvested in a one-year or less growing cycle, and more.

Bill’s Appliance Service Repairs, Sells and Installs Recycled Products

By Madelaine | Jan 30, 2014 | in

PORTSMOUTH—Bill’s Appliance Service helps make the world a little greener by repairing and recycling used appliances. Instead of throwing appliances away and allowing them to take up space in a landfill, Bill’s team makes them like new again. Sometimes the only thing an old refrigerator, microwave, or other appliance needs is a minor repair to have it up and running like new.

Bill’s Appliance Service also sells and installs these recycled products. From dryers to dishwashers, this business is so confident in its products, it offers a six-month parts and labor warranty. It carries all the top brands, including Bosch, Danby, DCS, Eurotech, Fisher & Paykel, Five Star, Frigidaire, General Electric, Thermador, Viking, Whirlpool, and more.

Recently Bill’s has expanded its inventory to include used furniture as well. Offering these high-quality used products benefits the environment and your wallet. Customers save money by buying used furniture as opposed to buying it new. They are also doing their part to reduce waste and their carbon footprint.

So, think twice before throwing out a seemingly broken appliance! A quick fix on a broken belt, switch, vent or thermostat may be the only thing your appliance needs to work perfectly again. Repairing these small issues and salvaging your appliances will save you money and give you peace of mind.

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Mirror Image Automotive Green Story

By Madelaine | Jan 30, 2014 | in

Did you know that every Green Alliance business undergoes a full transparent Sustainability Certification? We want to be sure that everyone knows what each business has accomplished and what they are still working toward when it comes to green business practices.The final part of the evaluation process is the Green Story! Check out Mirror Image Automotive's Green Story below. 

Mirror Image aims to change industry

Every year, 5.2 million automobile accidents occur within the United States. That’s over 14,000 per day, just under 600 an hour, and about 10 every single second. Circumstances and severity might vary greatly from collision to collision, but one factor above all unites millions of drivers in collective annoyance: the hassle of having to deal with insurance companies.

How much can my insurance cover? Was I at fault? How will this affect rates going forward? Will the resulting repairs stand the test of time? Crucial questions all, with each entailing an almost comical propensity for seldom turning out in the customer’s favor.

When it comes to what can be a decidedly unfriendly insurance company calculus, Jason Battistelli, founder and owner of Mirror Image Automotive in Greenland, doesn’t pretend to possess a cure-all. What the 30-year-old has, however, is a unique knack for helping customers navigate the labyrinth of jargon and moving targets that can make dealing with insurance providers such a draining enterprise.

“Basically, insurance companies tend to focus on what the most cost effective repair is, and not always what the car manufacture recommend,” says Battistelli. “There is a lot of vague language in policies that kind of give the insurance company room to take advantage of the customer if they don’t do their homework.”

Mary Doane and a mission named Hope

By Michael | Jan 30, 2014 | in

DEERFIELD – Fresh off a successful fundraising venture in 2013, Mary Doane has a new mission and it’s called Hope.

Hope, that is, who happens to be an adorable puppy in South Carolina that has overcome homelessness and almost deadly injuries to her pelvis and tail after a car hit her. “We were not going to turn our backs on this wonderful puppy,” said Doane, the owner of Mary’s Dogs Rescue and Adoption in Deerfield.

Doane is teaming up again with Ginny Turcotte of Forgotten Tails Animal Rescue in Manning, S.C.

“Hope was a little dog that Ginny saved,” Doane said. “Ginny got her the help she needed as she recovers. We plan to raise $2,000 to help pay for the veterinary costs for her extensive injuries. The monies raised on this fundraiser will go directly to her attending veterinarian’s practice to cover the cost of Hope's surgery.”

Provider Power Mass to bring Savings to Massachusetts Electricity Consumers

By Herb | Jan 29, 2014 | in

Provider Power, New England’s largest competitive electricity supply company, has entered the Massachusetts market offering significant savings to residential and small-business customers of National Grid, NSTAR and Unitil.

Provider Power Mass is part of the Provider Power family of companies, which includes Green Alliance Business Partner ENH Power in New Hampshire and Electricity Maine. Collectively the companies provide electricity to more than 200,000 residential and small-businesses customers in the two states.

“We are excited to come to Massachusetts to help both educate consumers that they can keep their utility, have a choice as to who supplies their power, and help them understand that with choice comes the opportunity to save on their power bill,” said Emile Clavet, co-owner of Provider Power.

As of January 1, 2014, National Grid customers who switch to Provider Power Mass will save an average of 15 percent, NSTAR and Unitil customers 10 percent (for a 6 month fixed contract) compared to the supply rates being offered by their utility.

“It’s clear that Massachusetts consumers are looking for an alternative to the higher supply rates being offered by their utility,” said Clavet. “What we also know is consumers aren’t looking for larger national companies to come to town. As a New England-owned company, we provide more than just competitive rates.”

Sign Up Today for 12th Annual NOFA Winter Conference

By Mary | Jan 29, 2014 | in

CONCORD — This Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 1 and 2, the Northeast Organic Farming Association of New Hampshire will celebrate its 12th Annual Winter Conference at Rundlett Middle School in Concord. Doors open at 7:30 a.m. on Saturday and close at 6:30 p.m., but the fun continues afterwards with a Farmer Mixer at 15 Rumford St. in Concord from 6:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Registration is open until the end of the day today, but walk-ins are also welcome.

NOFA is New Hampshire’s largest organic food and farming event. It’s a place where like-minded people can gather and learn how to create sustainable, healthy communities. The theme of this year’s conference is “We Are Farmers: Seeding a Common Soil,” since the demand for healthy, organic food is on clearly on the rise.

Several keynote speakers include authors Ben Hewitt and Gary Paul Nabhan and organic-farmer Jack Lazor. Congresswoman Ann McLane Kuster will also say a few words about her efforts to protect New Hampshire’s farms and organic food programs.

Simply Green and Lamprey Energy Join Forces

By Mary | Jan 29, 2014 | in

Simply Green Biofuels previously of Portsmouth, New Hampshire, and Lamprey Energy of North Hampton, New Hampshire, today announced their newly-formed partnership. “Our customers have been asking us for 24-hour service and propane gas, and we didn’t have the experience or background to provide either,” said Joel Bobbett, CEO of Simply Green. “By partnering with Lamprey Energy, we can provide both those things and more.”

Guy Marshall, President and Owner of Lamprey Energy said, “We offer heating oil and propane as well as energy consulting, service, repairs, and installations for heating, hotwater, and air conditioning. We also work hard to ensure our customers get the most energy-efficient, progressive solutions available. Our partnership with Simply Green enables us to offer all that and the best bio-heat and bio-diesel in the region.” 

Green Businesses in the Building Trades

By Mary | Jan 29, 2014 | in

 

Join the Green Alliance to receive 25% off a design and build contract with Little Green Homes

Sustainable Homes By Eco Sound Builders

By Mary | Jan 28, 2014 | in

Eco Sound Builders, LLC is a Green Alliance business partner passionate about creating energy efficient buildings and homes. It was built from the ground up by father and son duo, Roger and Ethan Korpi. In 2008, after their first full year in business, the Korpis decided to extend their cliental all the way from the Lakes and White Mountain Region to the Seacoast of New Hampshire and Maine. Peter Robie, the third partner of Eco Sound oversees the newest, most Southern branch on the Seacoast.

12th Annual Seacoast Home & Garden Show Comes to Durham

By Mary | Jan 28, 2014 | in

The 12th Annual Seacoast Home and Garden Show is coming to the UNH Whittemore Center on March 29 and 30. Hundreds of local vendors will showcase their latest products and services. This type of trade show is an extremely helpful marketing tool for any home-related business because of the large amount of attendees who will take part. This is an ideal place to come brainstorm ideas if you are in the process of remodeling your house, designing your kitchen, planting a beautiful garden or all of the above. Come shop for flowers, garden supplies and tools or just stop by to meet some of the area’s best culinary chefs. The show will include seminars to educate guests on home improvement. The Green Alliance will have a booth set up, so be sure to come find them! GA Business Partner Eco Firebox is one of the many other vendors who will also have a table at the show.

Chinburg Properties' Green Building Philosophy Proves Successful

By Mary | Jan 28, 2014 | in

Chinburg Properties, a Green Alliance Business Partner, is the largest builder of energy efficient homes on the Seacoast. Not only is it known for high quality property development, general contracting and innovative construction, but also for its excellent customer service. Chinburg Properties has been in business for more than 25 years, and continues to thrive thanks to its large network of relationships with New Hampshire’s best designers, architects and engineers.

What makes Chinburg Properties special is its green building strategies. Recycling run-down buildings is what it does best. In 2002, President Eric Chinburg started to incorporate Energy Star standards when he was developing houses. In 2011, he decided to make Energy Star standards mandatory for all new home constructions. Building “cluster communities,” a frequently used building style, features greener living spaces. Chinburg Properties also uses many eco-friendly technologies, including demand water heaters, solar hot water and geothermal heating and cooling.

Little Tree Education's Sustainability Report Card

By Madelaine | Jan 28, 2014 | in

Did you know that every business/organization in The Green Alliance undergoes a full and transparent Sustainability Certification? We want to be sure that everyone knows what each business has accomplished and what they are still working toward when it comes to green business practices. Check out Little Tree Education's Report Card below to see how they scored!

To read Little Tree Education's full Sustainability Evaluation, click here

Green Alliance members save $50 off their child's first month of tuition at Little Tree! To join the Green Alliance, click here

When the Polar Vortex Pushes Seacoast Residents, Simply Green Pushes Back

By Patrick | Jan 27, 2014 | in

NORTH HAMPTON -- If you haven’t been outside recently, you are not to blame.. Winter, and more specifically, the “polar vortex” are upon us in impressive force. So when you finally complete that treacherous trek from your car up the front steps to the warm embrace sealed behind your front door -- take notice of how great it feels.

This winter, add to that feeling with the knowledge that the fuel you burn is much better for the environment -- and do so at a discount! North Hampton company Simply Green is one of the biggest names in the biofuels game.

As an original member in 2008, Simply Green helped in the foundation of the Green Alliance, which has since grown into a community of 115 green businesses. However, the family-owned and operated biofuels business has also had great success of its own since it began in 2007.

Among the worldwide list of “Hottest Companies in BioEnergy,” Simply Green was also commended by the governor of Maine, and was awarded “Environmental Hero of Maine” in 2008.

Compliment Your Valentine’s Day With Something Sweet

By Patrick | Jan 27, 2014 | in

STRATHAM — Valentine’s Day is right around the corner. If you’re looking to impress your date by showing up with a plate of delicious brownies or a tray of chocolate chip cookies, you might be in luck.

The Acorn School of Stratham is holding its 40th Annual Bake Sale and Raffle from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Feb. 14 inside of Citizen’s Bank on Water Street in Exeter. So whether you’re in the area or just a baked-goods enthusiast, stop by to claim your Valentine’s Day goodies, personalized heart cookies, and other traditional baked goods.

Remember that all proceeds will go directly to support the Becky Shepard Scholarship Fund. This fantastic scholarship makes it possible for 3-, 4-, and 5-year-old children to enjoy the vital experience of preschool and kindergarten. So be sure to swing by and purchase raffle tickets for a chance to win one of several prizes, including an incredible gift basket.

ENH Power Proving Energy Choice Can Be Sustainable

By Jim Cavan | Jan 27, 2014 | in

As Americans, we’ve adopted as gospel the freedom to “shop around” – to compare and contrast product prices and bona fides and make choices that appeal to conscience and wallet alike.

When it comes to electricity, however, the tendency is to assume that there simply is no alternative to whatever’s surging through our fridges and flat screens.

Electricity is electricity, the thinking goes. How can one option be better than any other?

Now, thanks to companies like ENH Power, New Hampshire residents are finally becoming privy to a mantra most never even considered: You have a choice.

A 2012 story published in Business NH magazine details the complex, often contentious history of energy deregulation in New Hampshire. For years, commercial and residential customers were limited to choosing from a handful of large-scale providers.

And while the wheels for reform were set in motion almost two decades ago, it was only in the past few years that a slew of small-scale competitors finally began to break through the public utility stranglehold.

According to the New Hampshire Public Utilities Commission, as of the end of 2013, more than 98,000 residential customers of PSNH have elected to get their power from a third party supply company. With more than 54,000 customers, ENH Power is the largest of these providers,

“Most people are so busy, they simply don’t have time to sit down and try to study up on the ins and outs of the state’s energy landscape,” explains Julie Lapham, ENH’s New Hampshire Community Outreach Coordinator. “But once you sit them down and explain to them what happens when you choose ENH, they get it.”

Along with Electricity Maine and Provider Power Mass, ENH Power is part of the Provider Power family of companies. Their business model is different from many other supply companies.