Five Green Tips from ENH Power and Provider Power

By Mary | Feb 26, 2014 | in

This week's Green Tips come from ENH Power/Provider Power. Look for more Green Tips from the GA and ENH on Facebook and Twitter! Learn more about ENH Power at

1. Know your options. In many states the deregulation of the electricity market allows choice in your electricity supply company. This means you may have the option to choose from power companies that source from coal free power or invest in local renewable energy projects!

2. Compare value. With more choices popping up every day consumers who care about supporting community-minded companies should remember to apply that filter to their electricity provider. Find out your electricity provider’s ethics and power sources and if you don’t like what you learn think about switching!

Three Reasons to shop at SENH Habitat for Humanity ReStore

By Madelaine | Feb 25, 2014 | in

Southeast New Hampshire Habitat for Humanity ReStore in Newington is a non-profit that sells home improvement materials to benefit Habitat for Humanity. It offers appliances, used building materials, kitchen cabinets, tiles, fixtures, and other items for your home improvement projects. Its items are donated from manufacturers, stores, contractors, and individuals. Here are three good reasons to shop there:

1. Save Money. All items at ReStore are sold at 30% to 80% below retail price. While the prices are unbelievably low, the quality of the products is still top-notch. Since the items come from manufacturers and stores, most have simply been overstocked or discontinued. Some products are even brand new! Its gently used products also adhere to a high quality standard. ReStore’s non-profit status also allows them to offer lower prices than bigger, for-profit department stores.

2. Be Green. Not only can you save money at ReStore, you can reduce your carbon footprint. By purchasing recycled or overstock items, you’re giving a second and useful life to materials that could have ended up in a junkyard or landfill. Additionally, you are also saving the energy and resources used to produce new materials.

3. Support a Good Cause. All of ReStore’s proceeds benefit SENH Habitat for Humanity. This organization works to provide affordable housing to low-income families. To date, Habitat for Humanity has helped build and repair over 800,000 homes and served more than 4 million people around the world, including in your local community. It has been able to accomplish this through offering various volunteer opportunities and opening ReStore locations across the country. By purchasing from your local SENH ReStore, you directly contribute toward building affordable housing in Strafford & Rockingham Counties.

Sustainability Education for Business Leaders

By Madelaine | Feb 25, 2014 | in

The Corporate Sustainability Leadership Program is a three-day boot camp on practical topics of corporate sustainability. It will be held at UNH's LEED-certified Paul College of Business and Economics' Executive Education Center on April 2-4 in Durham. Comprehensive instruction will be given on the “why, what, and how” of social responsibility in your corporation. This program is meant for mid to senior level executives from businesses of all sizes.

Instructors from various areas of expertise will be leading the sessions. The main topics covered will be: Why sustainability matters to business, building a business case for sustainability, and communicating your sustainability message to internal and external stakeholders. Its combination of cutting edge academics, site visits, and team teaching activities will give you skills and knowledge that can greatly benefit your business.

Participants will have the option to complete a capstone project within six months after the program. Capstone projects should be designed to engage peers or provide new approaches to issues faced. Participants will be partnered with mentors who can assist them with the completion of their project.

Pocos and 2 Ceres Street to Host WXGR's Jet Setter Gourmet Lounge

By Mary | Feb 25, 2014 | in

PORTSMOUTH – Join two Green Alliance Business Partners, Poco’s Bow Street Cantina and 2 Ceres Street as they co-host the Jet Setter edition of the WXGR’s Gourmet Lounge for this year’s Portsmouth Beer Week. The night will be filled with up-beat music, delicious food and plenty of beer. The Gourmet Lounge will take place from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Friday, February 28. Smuttynose and Great Rhythm Brewing will also be featured at the event.

Each restaurant will host their own live-cooking demonstration of international foods. Poco’s features Mexican cuisine and 2 Ceres is known for their seafood and chicken entrees. Smuttynose will feature their Finestkind IPA and Great Rhythm Resonation Pale Ale. Taste the difference between the Smuttynose ales as you sample the restaurant’s special dishes and listen to WXGR. The first 80 people to attend WXGR’s Gourmet Lounge will enjoy complimentary pairing samples.

Eco Firebox Brings Centuries-Old Technology to the Seacoast

By Patrick | Feb 24, 2014 | in

ELIOT – Nothing beats the pleasure of coming in from shoveling the cold wet snow off your driveway, making a hot cup of tea and sitting down in front of a fire to rest. Being able to put your feet up and watch as the flames deliver you to a warmer place is the ultimate form of reward for your strenuous effort outside. You just can’t get the same aesthetic enjoyment from the other methods of heating your home.

With the unstable market price of heating oil more than tripling over the past 20 years, now may be an advisable time to switch to a more efficient and environmentally friendly means of keeping your house warm through the winter.

Green Alliance Business Partner Les Veilleux and his invention, the Eco Firebox, have changed the way we think about wood-burning heating elements.

Smuttynose Beer Week Events

By Mary | Feb 22, 2014 | in

The historic city of Portsmouth is sometimes referred to as the capital “Beer City” of New Hampshire. Portsmouth has a huge beer culture because it is home to some of the best breweries in New England. 

As part of Portsmouth’s annual Beer Week, Smuttynose Brewing Company has decided to host some exciting beer-tasting events. Beer Week begins on Saturday, February 22 and lasts until Monday, March 3. Each year, a combination of breweries, shops, and restaurants collaborate to create a fun celebration of local beer.

Smuttynose’s first event of the week is a “Hotter Than Hell Brunch” at the Blue Mermaid on February 23. They will serve a a four-course brunch paired with Smuttyhouse favorites for $45.00. Smuttynose beers like the 2014 Big A IPA and 2010 Farmhouse Ale will be on the menu. The following day, Smuttynose will team up with the Black Trumpet, one of the most scenic spots on the Portsmouth waterfront. A creative cuisine will be paired with four great Smuttynose beers. The selection includes 2010 Really Old Brown Dog and Bouncy House v2.0.

Portsmouth Short Film Night

By Mary | Feb 21, 2014 | in

Do you love comedies, documentaries AND dramas? Come watch an assortment of films at the Portsmouth Short Film Night on February 28. PSFN is celebrating their second year of film screenings starting at 7:00 p.m. at Portsmouth Public Media TV. PPMtv is a community accessible center located at 280 Marcy Street in downtown Portsmouth. PSFN's lineup for the night includes a variety of genres. A discussion and Q&A with the filmmakers will take place following the screening. Enjoy the show with popcorn and refreshments provided by a local business. The event is free and open to all, whether you happen to be an independent filmmaker or just a movie fanatic.

Building a Strong Team Starts at the Foundation

By Patrick | Feb 21, 2014 | in

With spring right around the corner and business picking up for some, it is imperative to select the correct employee when hiring.

According to Green Alliance Business Partner Cultural Chemistry, the criteria for selecting the perfect employee does not only cover skills and experience relative to the job. Instead, this new-age human resources firm believes that ensuring that the candidate is a good fit culturally is just as important.

An employee may be the perfect match on paper but it is difficult to gauge whether they will expedite or disrupt the productive flow of an organization. Cultural Chemistry aims to help you find a fit for your organization that is perfect in every sense of the word.

The negative impacts of a bad hire can often resonate within a company long after the person has departed. Selecting the right person is especially important when factoring in the time wasted with the process and the financial costs.

Habor Eyecare's Recyclable Line

By Mary | Feb 21, 2014 | in


Green Alliance members receive 20% off any complete prescription from Habor Eyecare Center. To find out more about HEC, click here!


Meet a Green Alliance Business: ENH Power

By Madelaine | Feb 20, 2014 | in

Who: ENH Power

What: ENH Power, part of the Provider Power family of companies, serves residential and business customers in New Hampshire, purchasing electricity directly from the New England Power Pool, offering competitive, fixed rates to consumers. ENH Power works with a growing contingent of Community Partners, helping to raise both money and awareness for a range of causes — from school departments and towns to church committees to animal welfare agencies. ENH also offers green energy options including Coal-Free and Pure Green plans — both designed to help customers fit both their budget and their green ideals.

Where: 1465 Woodbury Ave., Portsmouth


What makes us green:

Encourages customers to help support local community.
Have undertaken considerable charitable initiatives.
Offers coal-free and pure green power options.

Green Alliance Members get ENH Power’s 6-month Coal-Free Plan for the lower price of its 6-month Standard Rate! To become a GA member, click here

Promising Much, Obamacare Does Not Always Deliver As Advertised

By Herb | Feb 20, 2014 | in

Green Alliance Staff Writer

Well-known are the start-up problems with Obamacare — aka the Affordable Care Act. However, government officials are telling us that once the initial bugs in the system were solved, people seeking affordable comprehensive health-care coverage would be able to find it.

But is that really the case in New Hampshire and Maine? For a naturopathic doctor in New Hampshire that has not been true. And for a Maine chiropractor, it’s too early to tell.

People who do not have health insurance, are looking to change insurance policies or do not have access to coverage through their employer can sign up for health insurance during open enrollment until March 31. Federally funded subsidies to help people pay for the cost of their insurance are also still available, according to a joint press release by Covering New Hampshire, U.S. Rep. Carol Shea-Porter’s office, the N.H. Dept. of Insurance, and Anthem Insurance.

“For many, their new health insurance plans include the comprehensive health care they were looking for at a lower price than they had previously paid,” the statement said, adding, “Thousands of people have also contacted Covering New Hampshire, the state’s official source for information and assistance on the Health Insurance Marketplace, looking for information about obtaining health coverage in the new year. These people are learning that regular doctor visits, medications, important preventative health screenings and other treatments are now more reasonably priced through the Health Insurance Marketplace.

Under the Affordable Care Act, 51 percent of currently uninsured nonelderly people in New Hampshire are eligible for financial assistance in gaining coverage. About 62,000 (more than one in three) uninsured people from New Hampshire are eligible for tax credits to help them purchase coverage in the Marketplace.

Mirror Image Reflects on Hot Rod Project

By Patrick | Feb 20, 2014 | in

Green Alliance Staff Writer

GREENLAND -- Imagine tearing down I-95 with the wind in your hair and the sun beaming down overhead. Beneath you the purr of your dream car plays a nice complement to the blaring radio. Sound like a fantasy to you? Greenland's Mirror Image Automotive has helped Frank Day make his a reality.

Green Alliance business partner Mirror Image is well known for combining collision repair and mechanical maintenance under one customer-friendly roof. Previous customers have likened owner Jason Battistelli to a lawyer that goes to bat for customers – fending off the knuckleballs thrown by big insurance companies.

Redhook Brewery Charity Program Helps Organizations in Need

By Sam | Feb 19, 2014 | in


Green Alliance Staff Writer

PORTSMOUTH — Last year, the Redhook Ale Brewery created the “10% Tuesday” give-back program to show support for 12 local charities. General Manager Ryan Colwell thought this program was the best way to build closer relationships with neighboring non-profits. Little did he know just how far a positive incentive could go.

Since 1996, Redhook has been a standout restaurant and pub known for brewing only the boldest, most flavorful beers. This American microbrewery has continued to become greener as it has gained allegiance from locals. It is one of three Craft Brew Alliance facilities and occasionally hosts public tours of its facility.