The Plainfield Energy Committee was organized to encourage energy conservation, energy efficiency practices and to promote the use of renewable energy in homes, businesses and public buildings through education and community outreach.
The Energy Committee is open to any and all interested Plainfield residents! The group is fluid and evolving and people can be involved just for one specific project or for all of the work that is done.
Thus far the committe has worked with the UNH Pollution Prevention Program, the EPA, and local energy providers to benchmark the energy use in Plainfield's municipal buildings, school, and libraries. Click here for a summary of that effort. The Community Energy Challenge Final Report is available here.
For those who are “Buttoned Up” and ready to install solar energy, we are happy to announce that the team of Plainfield and Cornish will be part of the“Solarize Upper Valley” program which is sponsored by Vital Communities. This program promises to make solarization projects available at competitive costs due to economies of scale. We will be negotiating with solar installers in late February and be ready to arrange site visits by the time of Town Meeting in mid-March. We expect to be offering both solar PV (photovoltaic or electricity-generating) and solar hot water options; a site visit will help determine what kind of system and what capacity might be best for you without committing you in any way.
In the meantime we will post information on this webpage so check here for updates and information about solar energy. You can also follow the Vital Communities web page on this subject and sign up to receive emails at that site.
If you are interested in signing up to consider a solar installation, contact any member of the PEC. If you have solar already and would like to be an “Ambassador” - share your knowledge and enthusiasm and consider showing your system(s) to others - please let us know.
Workshops and Events
- Solarize Cornish-Plainfield Launch Party -- Tuesday, March 18th, 7 PM
- Join us at the Plainfield Town Hall on Route 12A in Plainfield Village to meet our partner installer, learn about current pricing and payback, and connect with neighbors who are also going solar. You will also be able to sign up for a free site visit or to host a solar open house. For more information, the Vital Communities web page has continually updated information and an email sign-up. We will also have details for you at our Town Meeting on March 15th.
Your Solarize Plainfield Team includes Allan Ferguson, Michael O’Leary, Ron Eberhardt, Steve Ladd, Frank Perotti and Nancy Mogielnicki.
- Wooden Window Restoration -- March 30, 2014
- Many of us in Plainfield live in old houses with wooden windows that have become leaky and ill-fitting over the centuries. Frustrated with the draftiness and aware that fuel bill dollars are flying out these cracks, many of us become resigned to the idea that our windows must be replaced. Surprisingly, wood window restoration is an appealing alternative; in terms of durability, energy efficiency, cost savings, environmental benefits and preservation of historical character and craft, wood window restoration with the addition of energy-efficient storm windows may be a more sustainable option.
The PEC, Plainfield Historical Society, Historic Windsor and the NH Preservation Alliance are teaming up to present a program on this subject on Sunday, March 30, 2014, at 1:00pm in the Plainfield Town Hall on Route 12A in Plainfield. Sally Fishburn, a preservation expert, will provide information on the history, materials, and construction of wooden windows, restoration vs. replacement windows, energy efficiency, working with lead paint, window maintenance and restoration methods.
Several window restorers will be coming to Plainfield during the month of February to evaluate and provide estimates on our Town Hall windows in Meriden. If you would like to arrange a site visit at the same time, or would like to discuss the restoration process, contact a member of the Energy Committee.
For your information, here is a list of window restoration contractors and a list of resources about restoration.
Energy Committee Resources and Reports
- Energy Conservation
- See "Tips and Links" for energy conservation suggestions.
- Energy Audit Reports
Caution: Files are large! Original documents are available at the Town Office.>
- Town Hall in Meriden (1mb)
- Town Highway Garage (5mb)
- Philip Read Memorial Library (6mb)
- Energy Committee Meeting Minutes are below:
- Minutes for 2014
- Minutes for 2012
- Minutes for 2011
- Minutes for 2009-10
- For further information:
- Contact Nancy Mogielnicki by email.