The New Hampshire government is planning to defund our energy efficiency programs. Families and small businesses across our state have benefited from NHSaves programs that have helped them keep warm and save money on heat and electric bills.
A bipartisan bill that would restart state energy-efficiency programs could reach the governor’s desk as early as February after it passed out of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee in a unanimous vote on Jan. 18.
We can protect energy efficiency programs in our state if we act now!
We sent our petition but we need to keep up the pressure!
41 New Hampshire residents: parents and small business owners, home energy contractors, seniors, and other residents sent photos of themselves holding signs about why energy efficiency is important to them. We sent our petition to Governor Sununu and our legislators on Jan. 25.
It’s easy to participate just…
- Pick a sign and print it or make your own.
- Take a selfie or have someone take your picture with you holding your sign.
- Send us your photo at firstname.lastname@example.org or post it on your social media channel of choice with the hashtag #SaveNHSaves Tag @GovChrisSununu and @TheNHSenate.
- (Optional) Include a comment for Governor Sununu and our legislators.
We will add your photos to the petition which we plan to deliver to representatives when HB549 arrives at the NH House for a vote.
The cheapest energy is energy we don’t use…
- Energy efficiency helps people, businesses, and municipalities save money.
- Energy efficiency ensures everyone – including vulnerable people such as seniors and low-income families – is kept warm and doesn’t struggle to pay their bills.
- NHSaves offers residents rebates for everything from lightbulbs to refrigerators to heat pumps, plus weatherization programs for homeowners and businesses.
- Our best defense against fluctuating and rising energy costs is energy efficiency efforts.
The Public Utilities Commission order hurts NH residents…
- This order strips away opportunities for the Granite State’s most vulnerable populations to take advantage of energy efficiency programs at little to no cost. Energy efficiency programs protect lives, keep homes warm, and reduce energy bills.
- Energy efficiency is the most cost-effective way for us to meet our energy needs. Saving a kilowatt-hour by investing in better lighting, heating, or processes typically costs around half as much as building new power plants to supply rising demand. Investing in efficiency lowers electricity rates for all Granite Staters, even those that don’t take part in the incentive programs.
- This order significantly and negatively impacts small businesses especially those that offer energy efficiency services in New Hampshire. Over 10,000 Granite Staters work in the energy efficiency sector, and some of those businesses have already announced they will have to lay workers off in response to the decision. This order will cause Granite Staters to lose their jobs and lead many of these skilled experts to move to other states. This order will shutter small, local businesses already finding it challenging to hire a workforce.
Want to do more?
Write your representatives, submit letters to the editor to local publications, and support organizations working to promote clean energy in NH. Clean Energy New Hampshire offers instructions, talking points, and more on their website.
Learn more about the order and how it impacts NH residents, businesses, and jobs
- Clean Energy New Hampshire
- ‘It essentially dismantles all of the progress’: Energy efficiency decision sends a chill (NHPR)
- Sentinel Editorial: Pull switch; The PUC is under fire for favoring business interests over, well, everyone else (Keene Sentinel)
- New Hampshire officials say decision to gut energy efficiency program should be reviewed (WMUR9)
- NH utilities join advocates in seeking reconsideration of PUC energy-efficiency order (NH Business review)
- Business and Industry Association says it is opposed to energy efficiency program cuts (New Hampshire Bulletin)