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Meet a Green Alliance Business: The Lighting Center at Rockingham Electric

Oct 30, 2014

Published in the Portsmouth Herald and on Seacoast Online

Who: The Lighting Center at Rockingham Electric

What: The Lighting Center at Rockingham Electric, part of the Rockingham Electric family of companies, carries the largest selection of efficient lighting products in northern New England. In-house lighting specialists offer lighting solutions that provide both a high level of function and maximum efficiency, while also factoring in budget and aesthetics. Green lighting options include all variations and styles of CFLs, LEDs and Energy Star certified products. The company's unique Lighting Lab allows customers to simulate a variety of home lighting applications. Almost all of The Lighting Center’s green lighting products can be purchased online, providing customers the added benefit of reduced travel. A family-owned company started in 1951, The Lighting Center has always made efficiency education a cornerstone of its business.

Where: 437 Shattuck Way, Newington

Web: www.RockinghamLightingCenter.com or online showroom www.lightingrockingham.xolights.com

Phone: (603) 436-2310

Read the full story in the Portsmouth Herald or on Seacoast Online

Practical, Prudent, and Posh

Oct 30, 2014

Published in Coastal Home magazine

By Herb Perry

Deb Regan, a resident of Laurel Court in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, lived two blocks away on Mangrove Street when she first happened upon her future neighborhood. She had become intrigued by the construction of what was described as a "high-performance" subdivision.

Regan took a tour of the Laurel Court model home when it opened in March 2012 and came away impressed. But it was when she took a formal tour of the home with a realtor that she experienced an epiphany. The agent noticed an immediate change in Regan's visage as she entered the home. "What's the matter?" the realtor inquired of the Mangrove Street resident. "You look like your'e in pain."

"Yes," said Regan, acknowledging the change but confessing a different cause, "I really like it." She moved into the third home completed in that development in September 2012 and is glad she did.

To read the full story pick up a copy of the Autumn 2014 edition of Coastal Home magazine at your nearest newstand.

Print Bounces Back

Oct 29, 2014

Published in Business NH Magazine

By Barbara Perkins

In the world of direct mail marketing, print was long considered best in class. Business was still decent enough when the U.S. Postal Service Office of Inspector General reported 213 billion pieces of mail were handled in 2008. That was then. Fast forward six years and most direct mail is distributed digitally.

But, while digital delivery offers a cheap and quick point of entry, it falls short of providing evidence that it works. Complaints about unwanted banners, pop-up ads and unrequested email have skyrocketed. Indicators point to an overload of online messages sent to folks who simply don’t want them. Toss in security breaches or computer viruses and the world of online marketing is plagued by too much noise.

Read the full story on Business NH Magazine.

Green Collar Careers: Dawn Price, Owner of The Natural Dog and Holistic Cat

Oct 28, 2014

Published in The New Hampshire and on Patch

By Anna Murphy

Dawn Price is the proud owner of The Natural Dog and Holistic Cat, a pet store and self-proclaimed education center boasting a plethora of all-natural, holistic and green pet products.

Price goes out of her way to thoroughly research merchandise and ensure every product stocked is the best available. At Natural Dog, you can find a multitude of green, all-natural products, including bamboo and hemp collars, lead-free bowls, beds and toys made from recycled materials, natural shampoos, biodegradable waste bags, snacks, biscuits, herbal and whole food supplements, flower essences and more.

A Registered Dietitian, Dawn Price is adamant about the importance of species specific foods and proper nutrition.

“We try to encourage consumers to think more about what is appropriate, meat based and non-processed food. Dogs and cats are not designed to eat lots of carbs and grain, but most popular dog foods are 60% carbs or more. This is not best option for health and longevity and can lead to all sorts of problems such as obesity, diabetes and UTIs. Pet food is a multi-billion dollar industry with a lot of gimmicks. We stress the importance of providing your pet with the same balanced nutrition you want for yourself.”

Click here to read the full story on Patch.

Biofuel Firm Partners with Energy Auditing Company

Oct 28, 2014

Published on Fosters 

By Craig Robert Brown

NORTH HAMPTON — Last year, with some of the most frigid winter months on record, homeowners felt left in the cold by high home heating costs. This winter the U.S. Energy Department predicts lower home heating costs for customers, as crude oil prices dropped to an average $3.41 a gallon in September, 29 cents below the month of June’s average.

That number is estimated to continue to drop to an average of $3.14 a gallon in December, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration’s outlook for the 2014 and 2015 winter season.

While those numbers have some New Englanders breathing a sigh of relief, it also has many homeowners wondering if moderate temperatures and prices will continue.

Home heating is not an easy market to gamble with. Fuel options – propane, bioheat, oil – see fluctuating costs each year.

Two Seacoast companies are trying to make the uncertainty a little easier to deal with.

Read the full story on Fosters.

Combating Rising Fuel Prices and Staying Environmentally Conscious

Oct 28, 2014

Published on Seacoast Online and Patch.com

By Craig Robert Brown

NORTH HAMPTON – Last year, with some of the most frigid winter months on record, homeowners felt left in the cold by high home heating costs. But this winter the U.S. Energy Department predicts lower home heating costs for customers. This prediction comes as crude oil prices dropped to an average of $3.41 a gallon in September, 29 cents below the month of June’s average. That number is estimated to continue to drop to an average of $3.14 a gallon in December, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration’s (EIA) short-term energy and winter fuels outlook for the 2014 and 2015 winter season.

And while those numbers have some New Englanders breathing a sigh of relief, it also has many homeowners thinking about the winter to come and wondering if the moderate temperatures seen through the fall will continue. A drastic drop in temperature like last year could send oil prices skyrocketing once again.

Home heating is not an easy market to gamble with. Fuel options – propane, Bioheat, oil – see fluctuating costs each year. Many people choose to switch their home heating option for a cheaper, more efficient product after the previous year’s expenses. So what are homeowners in the Northeast to do come this winter season? How can they ensure the lowest expenditure for their home heat, even if the downturn ends and fuel rates climb once again?

Three seacoast companies are making that dilemma a little easier.

Read the full story on Seacoast Online and Patch.com.

Acorn School Celebrates Fall Fundraisers

Oct 24, 2014

Published in Seacoast Online

By Patrick Haigis

STRATHAM – For some students, the transition from hours outdoors in the summer to being herded into classrooms may come with a bit of a struggle. Let’s face it, not all kids flourish in a traditional classroom, which may lead to frustrations with school and learning. The Acorn School of Stratham allows kids to develop healthy, encouraging learning habits by forging (maybe even disguising) their love of outdoors and hands-on activities with education. To celebrate the new school year, and the unique atmosphere The Acorn School has created, they are hosting a Back to School Comedy Night from 5:00 – 8:30 p.m. on Nov. 15 at Portsmouth Gaslight Co. The night includes food, drinks and laughter by comedian Wes Hazard, named one of “5 Boston Comedians to Watch” by the Boston Globe.

The night of the event the Acorn School will announce the winner of their ongoing 50/50 raffle. Only 200 raffle tickets are being sold at $50 a piece for a chance to win $5,000. Ticket purchases for the raffle will help support the Acorn School. The winner will be drawn at the fundraising event on Nov. 15, but participants do not need to be present to win. Those interested in the raffle should contact Chrissy Caron at cbakercaron@gmail.com for ticket information.

Read the full story on Seacoast Online

Little Green Homes rides small-house trend

Oct 22, 2014

Published in the Portsmouth Herald and on Seacoast Online

By Michael McCord

A recent trend in sustainable housing is also one of the most obvious – building smaller from the beginning.

A case in point is a recently completed home on Kittery Point designed and built by Greenland-based Little Green Homes.

“The family had a home in Portsmouth but they wanted to downsize quite a bit,” says Jeff Stacy, business partner at Little Green Homes.

Late in 2013, the Portsmouth couple approached Stacy and fellow business partner Chris Redmond with their vision and goals for their new home for the two-adult, one-child family.The result is a comfortable two-story, two-bedroom home totaling 1,150 square feet, built with as many recycled and reused materials as possible – which included parts from an old barn.

Read the full story on Seacoast Online.
 

Meet a Green Alliance Business: Green Maids

Oct 21, 2014

Published in the Portsmouth Herald and on Seacoast Online

Who: Green Maids

What: Launched in 2009, Green Maids is a residential and commercial green cleaning company that services New Hampshire and southern Maine. The company uses eco-friendly products and methods that are all-natural, biodegradable, Earth friendly, non-toxic, and EPA and Green Seal certified. Owner Johnmark O'Brien is adamant that keeping a home clean with organic or natural products can help alleviate, or prevent, respiratory illnesses, allergens and certain types of cancers. By making the switch to Green Maids, O'Brien says homeowners also contribute to the overall health of the environment; keeping harmful chemicals from leaching into the soil and drinking water sources. O'Brien purchased a Toyota Prius hybrid vehicle as Green Maids' company car to lower auto emissions when traveling to different job sites.

Where: P.O. Box 349, York Harbor, Maine Call: (207) 361-4445

Web: www.greenmaidscleaning.com

Read the full story in the Portsmouth Herald or Seacoast Online

Modern Sustainability and Historic Charm

Oct 21, 2014

Published on Portsmouth Herald and Seacoast Online

By Sam Ueda

How do you renovate and rebuild a century-old home for sustainability, but keep its historic properties intact? It takes a lot of planning.

In an effort to preserve the city’s rich heritage, Portsmouth has strict standards on renovations in its historic district. Those standards established the framework for how one family is renovating its early 1900s South End house into a high-performance home that marries energy efficiency and sustainable building materials with preservation of historic character.

“This project showcases how houses that have existed for centuries can be updated to make them more comfortable and energy-efficient without losing their historic character,” said EcoSound Builders' Ethan Korpi.

Homeowners Patrik and Carin Frisk, natives of Sweden, moved to the Seacoast for work. Because they wanted to live in Portsmouth’s historic district, but wanted to do so with the least environmental impact possible, they recruited architect Anne Whitney, EcoSound Builders, The Green Cocoon and Minute Men Painters.

Click here to read the full story on Seacoast Online.