History

 

Date Action
Winter 2006-2007 New Hampshire Carbon Coalition (Hancock resident Ted Leach, Co-Chair) lobbies for energy conservation committees in each town
March 2007 Hancock town meeting votes to form an energy conservation committee; Select Board publishes call for interested members
September 13, 2007 First meeting. Matthew Hale coins the name HEAT.
February 22, 2008 Nancy Gamble completes the first audit (paper and pencil) of Hancock’s municipal carbon footprint using 2007 data; HEAT sells many CFL light bulbs
August 2008 Susie Spikol conceives of HEAT’s prize-winning Old Home Day float laundry brigade “Live Free or Dry”
October 2008 Nancy Gamble, first chairperson, assumes duties: Nov 08, Amy Sulborski joins committee, helps complete second municipal audit
July 12, 2009 Energy Options (Keene Solar Store) provides photovoltaic plan for the Fire Station, Recycling Center and the Town Garage & Office
July 29, 2009 HEAT awarded Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) funds to conduct energy audit of municipal buildings; audits completed in winter by Energy Audits Unlimited, LLC
August 2009 Old Home Day float “Fishing for energy savings” prizewinner again
Fall & Winter 2009 Tom Faber & Kurt Grassett collect Ambient Temperature measures of municipal buildings
December 2009 Municipal energy policies written e.g. No idling, ambient temperature and lighting
February 16, 2010 Application for American Renewal and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) funding to weatherize all municipal building and to install photovoltaic arrays in four: both proposals approved on March 11, 2010. Final work on both projects was completed in August 2011.
August 2010 Municipal energy policies written e.g. No idling, ambient temperature and lighting
June 2011 Select Board completes review of HEAT commission, activities, etc. and reconfirms commitment to this committee. Focus to shift from municipal buildings and practices to privately owned buildings and prac
February 22, 2012 Sponsored a workshop at the Hancock Public Library designed to introduce the MERI concept and program to area electricians, plumbers, and carpenters
April 5, 2012 Partnered with the Harris Center and the Hancock Public Library to conduct (at the library) a Button-up New Hampshire (April 5, 2012) program introducing energy conservation strategies to community home owners.
August 16, 2012 Old Home Days, served up smoothies blended using photovoltaic power produced by equipment graciously loaned by Grid Be Gone, Inc. Approximately 250 citizens enjoyed a smoothie and many more observed the solar generated electrical power at work.
November 2012 Developed an informational portfollio with energy related resources and wall poster for the library on HEAT activities.
February-March 2013 Review/comment on proposals and endorse general installation of pellet boiler for town hall.
June 2013 Member participation in local solar hot water installation in Dublin with MERI.
August 2013 Organize Old Home Day Solar Smoothie and host Electric car demo in conjunction with Grid-Be-Gone and local "charged up" students. Many smoothie customers and interest in solar powered electric cars on display.
October 10, 2013 Climate Change and Sustainable Energy Speakers Series Co-hosted with Harris Center, Tom Wessels, discussing his recently reissued book The Myth of Progress: Toward a Sustainable Future.
 
November 7, 2013 Climate Change and Sustainable Energy Speakers Series Co-hosted with Harris Center, Eric Orff of the New Hampshire Wildlife Federation and a host of other experts on the impacts of climate change on New Hampshire’s wildlife.
December 12, 2013 Climate Change and Sustainable Energy Speakers Series Co-hosted with Harris Center, Local Solutions: Local speakers run down what you can do as a town, community or as an individual to increase energy efficiency in your home and help lessen the impact of climate change.
December 2013 Complete revision and major content additions to HEAT website.