News : February 2014



Green Collar Careers Laura MacKay, owner, Acorn Organic Salon

Feb 18, 2014

Published in Fosters Daily Democrat and The New Hampshire 

By Theresa Conn

With locations in Dover and Exeter, Acorn Organic Salon has proved that it’s possible for a beauty salon to “go green.” Laura MacKay, 37, became interested in creating an eco-friendly salon after discovering the negative impact toxic hair products can have on the environment and on our bodies. “It’s incredible, the amount of chemicals we put on ourselves every day,” says MacKay. “Some of those toxic chemicals are flushed down the drain as well, and end up in the water supply.”

Every product at Acorn is vetted for toxicity and naturalness. Along with only carrying environmentally friendly products, Acorn has found other ways to operate sustainably. The salons feature sustainable cork flooring, energy efficient light fixtures, and water conservation measures. Acorn also provides cut hair for matts that naturally soak up oil spills. MacKay has found a niche in the beauty industry that has not quite caught on to the “green” fad but is now trending that way on the Seacoast in part because of the influence of her two salons.

Acorn has recently moved to share a space in the same building as Dover Naturals, a health food store that makes literally the perfect sustainable neighbor!

What do you like most about your job?

To read the full story in Fosters, click here. To read the article in The New Hampshire, click here

Meet a Green Alliance Business

Feb 18, 2014

Published in Portsmouth Herald and Seacoast Online 

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.

To read the full article in The Portsmouth Herald, click here.

Frugal Consumers Opt to Harness Earth's Warmth to Heat (and Cool) Their Homes

Feb 16, 2014

Published in Portsmouth Patch and Seacoast Online

By Heikki Perry 

BARRINGTON, N.H. — Although the technology is more expensive up front, geothermal energy’s down-the-road savings are practically unrivaled.

Depending on local geologic conditions, however, one method of harnessing geothermal energy can prove superior to the other, and that’s where Barrington-based Ultra Geothermal has made its mark.

Studies have showed geothermal energy to be four to five times as efficient as standard heating oil, making it one of the most long-term cost-efficient energy solutions anywhere. Adding to this outstanding efficiency, geothermal systems may save a homeowner 60 to 70 percent in heating costs, and 70 to 80 percent in cooling costs. When federal-sponsored tax incentives and interest-free loans are added to the mix, many price- and sustainability-conscious consumers opt for a geothermal system.

Geothermal heat pumps have been in use since the late 1940s, according to They use the constant temperature of the earth as the exchange medium instead of the outside air temperature. This allows the system to reach fairly high efficiencies (300 to 600 percent) on the coldest winter nights, compared to 175 to 250 percent for air-source heat pumps on cool days.

To read the complete story on Portsmouth Patch, click here. To read the story on Seacoast Online, click here

Simply Green and Lamprey Energy Join Forces

Feb 16, 2014

Published on Seacoast Online

By Heikki Perry 

Simply Green Biofuels, previously of Portsmouth, N.H., and Lamprey Energy of North Hampton, N.H., recently 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, hot water, 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.”

Simply Green was established in 2007 and provides its customers with locally produced bio-fuel made from recycled, vegetable oil. “None of it comes from feed stock or tallow,” said Bobbett.

To read the complete story on Seacoast Online, click here

NhSolarGarden: A new green energy dynamic for N.H.

Feb 11, 2014

Published in The Portsmouth Herald

By Michael McCord

STRATHAM — How do I get involved? It's a question asked by a growing sector of green-energy conscious consumers who want to use locally generated clean energy but can't put a solar panel or array on their roof or in their back yard.

Andrew Kellar, who founded the biodiesel fuel company Simply Green, has started another innovative company. His NhSolarGarden has ambitions to transform the solar energy industry throughout the state. The plan is to create a decentralized and entrepreneurial approach that could have a dramatic multiplier impact on local economies, lead to greater land conservation and boost sustainable agriculture.

"The key to supporting a growing infrastructure and distributed solar generation across the state is to use the grid at a local level," said Kellar, who also co-founded the Green Alliance.

The union of local sustainable businesses promotes environmentally sound business practices and is a green co-op offering discounted green products and services to its members.

Solar energy generation is just the starting point. Like the benefits of a thriving community garden or local farmers market, Kellar's model embraces multiple, flexible facets that merge into an organic whole. First, consumers can become NhSolarGarden members at no cost and buy energy generated by the company's solar placements. They will get bi-annual solar rebates while simultaneously supporting local farmers and landowners who lease their land for the solar installations.

To read the complete story in The Portsmouth Herald, click here.

Meet a Green Alliance Business

Feb 11, 2014

Published in The Portsmouth Herald

Who: Our Town Energy Alliance

What: Our Town Energy Alliance was founded in 1999 with a commitment to help New Englanders save money on their energy bills while reducing their environmental footprint.

It has grown from a small band of 75 determined members to a dynamic organization of more than 10,000. Our Town Energy Alliance has led the way with innovative energy purchasing programs such as Our Town Electricity and ground-breaking business alliances that bolster local economies throughout the region.

Where: Barnstead


What makes it green:

Helps members lower their heating fuel bills while minimizing their carbon footprint.
Helps support the local economy through unique partnerships with area businesses.
Offers wide range of products to maximize energy efficiency.

To read the full article on The Portsmouth Herald, click here

Love and laugh…all the while helping a pair of worthy causes

Feb 7, 2014

Published in Fosters Daily Democrat

By Jim Cavan

Comedian Michael McDonald and Cuzin Richard Entertainment Associates (CREA) will host the 13th Annual Comedy Xxtravaganza at the Music Hall in Portsmouth.

They say that laughter is the best medicine, but for two Seacoast nonprofit organizations, it can also make for a fantastic fundraiser.

On Valentine’s Day, comedian Michael McDonald and Cuzin Richard Entertainment Associates (CREA) will host the 13th Annual Comedy Xxtravaganza at the Music Hall in Portsmouth.

A percentage of the proceeds from the show will benefit a pair of local causes: the Seacoast Family Food Pantry and Cross Roads House, a transitional shelter and outreach center for individuals and families.

McDonald, who returns for his 12th straight year at the show’s helm, highlights and impressive cast of nationally renowned comedians including Tony V, Mike Whitman, and Dave Rattigan.

Read the full article in Fosters Daily Democrat here

The Natural Dog and Holistic Cat to Expand in Newburyport

Feb 6, 2014

Published in Portsmouth Patch and Seacoast Online

By Madelaine Swymer

The Seacoast’s favorite pet supply store, The Natural Dog and Holistic Cat, was recently presented with an opportunity it couldn’t pass up. After opening its new Portsmouth location only a year ago, it is now in the process of expanding its Newburyport store.

Natural Dog’s Newburyport neighbor went out of business six months ago. It took some time and convincing, but eventually owners Jeff and Dawn Price decided it would be a great opportunity for expansion.

They’ve been in their Newburyport location for close to 10 years now. It’s a great location that offers convenient parking for their customers. But they were admittedly a little cramped. “We’ll be primarily adding new products that we’ve wanted to bring in for awhile but couldn’t because of space constraints,” Jeff Price said in a recent telephone interview.

The Natural Dog promotes and represents holistic health and wellness for pets. Their stores offer unique products that can’t be found elsewhere in the area. The type of high quality pet supplies it offers cannot be found in a department store. “All products go through a high-end screening process — the manufacturing principles, everything is highly scrutinized,” Jeff Price said.

To read the complete article on Portsmouth Patch, click here. To read in Seacoast Online, click here

A Mission Named Hope

Feb 6, 2014

Published in The Portsmouth Herald

By Michael McCord

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.”

Doane and Turcotte are using PetCaring, the free fundraising site for animals. The campaign titled “Hope Needs Our Help” will run through the end of February. “There are so many professional people doing good work. Just to get the dogs vetted and on their way north is hugely vital,” Doane said.

In the fall of 2013, Doane, Turcotte and the Angel’s Hope animal rescue organization of South Carolina joined together and raised more than $2,100 for Buttercup, a mother of nine puppies found living under a trailer in South Carolina. The goal of the campaign — titled “Will you Help Us to Start New Lives?” — was to raise $2,000. Ultimately, more than 58 donors “from all over the place,” Doane said, contributed to help reach the final tally.

To read the complete story on The Portsmouth Herald, click here.


Solar Power fan Jack Bingham builds a business

Feb 4, 2014

Published in the Portsmouth Herald and Seacoast Online

By Morey Stettner

In his 2011 State of the Union speech, President Barack Obama declared that by 2035, 80 percent of America's electricity would come from clean energy. Examples include solar, wind and biofuels.

Jack Bingham, 59, is betting on solar. He owns Seacoast Energy Alternatives, a Barrington firm that provides energy conservation strategies to homes and businesses.

Question: What was your first job?

Bingham: My first job was a camp counselor in Augusta, Maine. My second job was an A/V (audiovisual) guy at a New Jersey community college. I grew up in Boonton, N.J.

Q: Did these jobs affect your career path?

Bingham: No. I got an internship with a photographer while at Lycoming College in Williamsport, Pa. I realized, "You could make a living doing this." So for about 25 years, I was a professional photographer.

Q: Who were your clients?

To read the full story on Seacoast Online, click here

Meet a Green Alliance Business

Feb 4, 2014

Published in Seacoast Online

Who: The Natural Dog and Holistic Cat

What: Dawn and Jeff Price have set a high standard for quality and consumer education at The Natural Dog and Holistic Cat since its founding in 2005. They pride themselves on meticulously researching the best pet products and educating customers on exactly what makes a specific cat food, chew toy, or water bowl healthier or more environmentally friendly. The company embraces small-batch manufacturing principles, quality ingredients and company ethics. The Natural Dog is a testament to what is possible when one local, family-owned company creates partnerships with businesses and suppliers that hold those values in common.

Where: 801 Islington St., Portsmouth, and 155 State St., Newburyport, Mass.

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What makes them green:

Offers bamboo and hemp collars, lead-free bowls, beds and toys made from recycled materials, biodegradable waste bags, natural herbs and essences, and much more.
Largest selection of raw foods on the Seacoast.
Emphasizes sourcing from small, local,or sustainability-minded companies.

To read the story on Seacoast Online, click here