One of the best ways to lower energy costs is to simply use less energy by employing conservation and efficiency measures. While efficiency measures sometimes require an investment in upgrades to a building, conservation efforts are easy changes that can start saving you money today! To get started, visit:
While conservation measures are a great first step, energy efficiency upgrades have an even greater savings potential. Upgrades can range from simple insulation of an attic or basement to comprehensive air sealing measures; the package of upgrades that is right for your building depends on many factors, and the best way to get started is to hire an energy auditor.
Once you have decided to move forward with an efficiency project, New Hampshire has a suite of rebate programs available to help with the cost. For more information, visit
NH Guide to Residential Rooftop Solar PV Permitting, Zoning and Interconnection
OEP has developed the NH Guide to Residential Rooftop Solar PV Permitting, Zoning and Interconnection with information and tools to assist municipal officials, installers and others with implementing residential rooftop solar PV projects. The guide covers current laws and regulations impacting residential solar PV, recommendations for permitting and zoning and information about utility interconnection. Related tools are included in the Guide's Appendices; a Sample Solar PV Project Checklist, Sample Solar PV Permit Application, Sample Structural Review Worksheet (to be provided at a later date) and a Simplified Guide to Utility Interconnection Requirements.
Additional Resources and Information
Resources showing the distribution of solar PV, permitting requirements, and local ordinances across New Hampshire.
Now in its eighth edition, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL)’s Tracking the Sun report series is dedicated to summarizing trends in the installed price of grid-connected solar photovoltaic (PV) systems in the United States. The present report focuses on residential and nonresidential systems installed through year-end 2014, with preliminary trends for the first half of 2015. This year’s report incorporates a number of important changes and enhancements. Among those changes, this year's report focuses solely on residential and nonresidential PV systems; data on utility-scale PV are reported in LBNL’s companion Utility-Scale Solar report series.
The Southern New Hampshire Planning Commission has created a quick resource guide for planning boards and municipal officials in crafting solar friendly regulations and developing solar friendly communities in new hampshire.
Consumers may also be able to save money on their energy bills by installing an on-site renewable energy system such as solar electric, solar hot water, or wind. This page has information about financial assistance for renewable systems.
This tool can help you locate contractors, installers, and vendors who provide energy efficiency and renewable energy products and services in and around New Hampshire.
For deliverable fuels (e.g. oil and propane), savings may be found by utilizing a Pre-buy Contract for Heating Fuels or a Fuel Payment Budget Plan. Please note that these options provide potential monetary savings only, and do not reduce the amount of fuel used.
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NH Office of Energy and Planning
Governor Hugh J. Gallen State Office Park
Johnson Hall, 3rd Floor | 107 Pleasant Street | Concord, NH 03301
(603) 271-2155 | fax: (603) 271-2615