Concord, N.H. — In recognition of the 4th annual national Energy Efficiency Day (EE Day) on Wednesday, October 2, 2019, the Community Development Finance Authority (CDFA) is joining regional and national organizations, businesses, utilities, universities, and individuals in promoting energy efficiency.
Energy efficiency is an economic engine, with a U.S. workforce of more than 2.3 million. Ranging from professional services to manufacturing and construction, these good jobs are local and cannot be outsourced.
CDFA’s Clean Energy Fund is dedicated to financing energy-efficiency improvements, clean technology and renewable energy initiatives throughout New Hampshire. These investments provide financing for eligible initiatives being undertaken by businesses, nonprofits and municipalities. Since 2014, CDFA has invested more than $4.9 million in resources towards energy efficiency projects throughout the State that benefit low- and moderate-income residents, among other significant energy efficiency and renewable energy investments.
CDFA recently partnered with A Place to Grow, LLC, a childcare center located in Brentwood that offers a nature-based learning environment, to implement energy efficiency and renewable energy improvements. With financial and technical support from CDFA and other resources, A Place to Grow conducted an energy audit and successfully implemented the following energy efficiency and renewable improvements:
- Weatherized the building;
- Converted primary heating and cooling to air source heat pumps;
- Installed a new roof; and
- Installed solar PV array.
The results are already being realized by the small business. Energy costs have been reduced and stabilized substantially: within one year, A Place to Grow used 58 percent less energy and 3,000 fewer gallons of propane. Moreover, building comfort has improved significantly.
To learn more about CDFA’s energy efficiency efforts, visit www.nhcdfa.org or join the Twitter conversation using #EEDay2019.