In This Issue
Do You Know We Sell Propane?
Who're You Gonna Call?
Refer a Friend
Please Shovel Your Paths
Energy Tips
No Such Thing as Free Money?
Do You Know We
Sell Propane?
For several years now, we've had our own propane truck delivering to customers all around the Seacoast region.

Propane is the up-and-coming fuel of choice in our area, but it's not a new product, it was discovered more than 100 years ago. It's a by-product of the process used to refine oil and, although it's a gas, it's compressed into a liquid for safe transportation. Stored in your tank it remains a liquid and doesn't become gas until it comes into contact with air, then it instantly vaporizes. In its gaseous form, propane is heavier than air so it sinks and pools - that's why propane should never be stored inside or in an enclosed space.

In its natural state propane is odorless, but for safety a foul-smelling gas called Ethyl Mercaptan is added so that we can smell it if there's a leak. Best of all, propane is non-toxic and non-poisonous so it can be stored underground without fear of polluting the aquifers or soil, and it's a qualifying alternative fuel eligible for various federal tax incentives.

Propane's also a very versatile fuel that can be used for heat, hot water, drying clothes, cooking, gas grills, generators ... If you have a gas-powered appliance, it can run on propane, and we can deliver it.

Want to know more? Call us at: 603.964.6703.
Who're You Gonna Call?
What do you do when your heat fails at 2am? If you're a customer of Lamprey Energy you call our regular office number: 603.964.6703.

No matter when you call, day or night, business day or weekend, you will be answered by a real live person. After hours, they will ask for your contact details - your name, address, telephone number - and the reason for your call. Within minutes you'll hear from the Lamprey Energy on-call manager or technician who, with your help, will figure out what you need. Don't shiver through the night, worrying about your home freezing up, call us. We're here to help.
Refer a Friend
Bring a new customer to Lamprey Energy and we'll give you a $50 credit on your account. Bring us 10 new customers and we'll give you a $500 credit!

Happy Holidays from all of us at Lamprey Energy

When was the last time you tuned in to the news, and the stories were all about acts of caring and kindness and not about violence and sadness?

Perhaps if we heard more of the happy stories, we'd all feel better about ourselves and about others, too.

Of course, we do occasionally hear about the exceptional acts of generosity, the amazing feats of heroism, the extraordinary acts of self-sacrifice. But there are smaller moments occurring every day that are missed by all except the people they immediately affect.

Nevertheless, they do happen and they do have an effect, sometimes quite long lasting and profound.

As we navigate our way through this holiday season and cold New England winter, let's think about the goodness in the world and spread a little of our own by holding a door for a stranger, stopping to let someone cross a road, leaving a bigger-than-normal tip, allowing someone to go ahead of us in the check-out line, doing something nice for a friend or neighbor when they least expect it and for no particular reason.

This winter let's do what we can to remind one another that there's a lot to be thankful for and that there's a lot we can do—large and small—for others.

Thank you for being part of the Lamprey Energy family and, from all of us to all of you,

Happy Holidays.

Please Shovel Your Paths

There's no avoiding it ... winter in New England can be challenging. When the snowstorm comes, there's nothing better than hunkering down at home with the heating turned up high. But spare a thought for the delivery driver who keeps your tank topped off in all weather. If you can, please shovel the path to your fill pipe; we would greatly appreciate it. Not only will the driver be able to bring the fuel to your home, but also, as a thank you from us, once a month (January through March), subject to snowfall, we'll enter your name in a drawing to win a $100 credit on your account.

Energy Tips

Let your thermostat save you money
Did you know that turning your thermostat down just a few degrees while you're out, or at night while you're asleep, can save you money? If you turn the heat down by 4° or 5° you'll keep the house warm while saving money. Turn it down more than that and it'll take more energy than you saved to bring the house back up to temperature.
Can't always remember to turn it down? Remember to turn it down but don't like walking into a less-than cozy house at the end of the day? Why not swap out your traditional thermostat for an electronic one? Today's thermostats allow you to set the temperature for multiple times a day - have the temperature come up a half hour before you get up, go down again when you leave for work, come up a half hour before you get home, down a half hour before you go to bed. Want to do something different on the weekend? You can do that, too.

With reliable programmable thermostats starting at $70 you could see a return on your money within the first winter ... after that you'll just be saving all the way.

A clean heater is an efficient heater
Cleaning baseboard heaters and radiators doesn't just look good, it's also good for your health, and for your heat efficiency. Over time dust on heater fins and in the sections of cast-iron radiators, builds up and acts like an insulating blanket ... the dustier the appliance, the less heat that gets out into the room. Use a vacuum cleaner or duster to warm things up. And don't just stop where you can see things: if you have a warm-air furnace or hydro air system clean or change the filters regularly. Dust in the filters restricts the air flow so that the system has to work harder to deliver the same amount of heat - and harder work means more fuel!
The devil's in the draft
Drafts are the curse of any heating system. A draft will suck the warmth straight out of a room leaving you wondering if you've even got the heat on. Ever looked around for that cold air source and found ... nothing? Maybe it's the chimney. If you have an open fireplace, close the damper when you're not having a fire: leave it open and the chimney will create a draft, pulling all the warm air straight up and out of the house.
Going through the roof
When did you last go up into the attic? Did you know that 75% of a typical home's heat loss is through the roof? The best and most economical way to save money on your heating costs is to insulate your attic. Call your local insulation company today. Most reputable firms will come out, take a look, and give you an estimate for free.

No Such Thing as Free Money?

Winter is a great time to think about new equipment. You may not want to disconnect the old and install the new in the depth of winter but it's the perfect time to plan. Did you know that New Hampshire and Maine offer grants and rebates for energy efficiency upgrades? There's also Federal rebates and grants, which can go a long way to taking the edge off the price of a new purchase. But how do you find out what's available and if you're eligible? One approach is to ask our Energy Consultant Mike Meserve at 603.964.8929, but if you want to do some research of your own, check out www.efficiencymaine.com and www.NHSaves.com; there's also information about low-cost energy loans at www.energyloan.net.