In This Issue
"Seasons of Mists and Mellow Fruitfulness ..."
Fall's Here—Time to Get Ready for Winter
Propane, What Size Tank? Where to Install it?
Never-Ending Hot Water
at the Turn of a Tap
Ductless Mini Splits...
the Heat/Cool of the Future?
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"Seasons of Mists and Mellow Fruitfulness ..."

Autumn—such a busy time; the kids have gone back to school, after-school clubs and programs start up again, and everyone's schedule rushes back in with an urgency that can be overwhelming. The trials and tribulations of early fall are the same every year and yet they still seem to take us by surprise. Perhaps it's a reluctance to let go of the warm relaxing days of summer; perhaps it's an unwillingness to accept that the morning sun is rising later and the evening sun is setting earlier. Whatever it is, we're all in the same boat, and like it or loathe it winter really is on its way. Later in this issue of our seasonal Newsletter you'll find some ideas on how best to prepare for what's ahead.
We've also featured some new modern-technology equipment ideas, which will save you money as well as help you do your bit for the environment—take a look at our short article introducing tankless hot-water systems, and the piece on compact air-conditioning/heating systems.

And when it comes to saving money and increasing efficiency, you may remember that this time last year we were starting to work with The Cornerstone School in Stratham, NH, and ReVision Energy in Exeter, NH, to look at ways we could bring solar energy to the school in order to save them money and introduce a wonderful new teaching tool for science and economics classes. Well, I'm excited and proud to report that as of the beginning of the school year Cornerstone's solar system is up and running and the school is now producing not only all the electricity they need but also enough to sell some back to the grid! They also have an interactive monitor keeping track of the energy stored and used, hours of sunlight, and more! It's been a fascinating project to be involved with and the school should be proud of their commitment. Thanks to everyone who made it possible.

Fall's Here—Time to
Get Ready for Winter

Don't wait until you need the heat in earnest, turn on your central heating and make sure everything's working as it should be.

When was the last time you cleaned your baseboards or radiators? Clean heaters are more efficient. Not sure what to do? It's easy: Check out our blog "Cleaning Radiators and Baseboards" and find all the answers.

Does the chimney need cleaning? If you think you need a chimney sweep call now to get on the schedule.

If you have a sump pump in your basement make sure it's working correctly: Pour a bucketful of water into the pit—if it gets pumped out, the system's working, if not, check the plug and outlet, if that seems good, call someone out to take a professional look at the pump mechanism.

Check that all your thermostats are working, that they're set correctly and that they have new batteries. And remember when Daylight Saving Time ends November 1st you may need to reset your thermostat clocks.

If you have a generator, don't forget it needs servicing just like the other systems in your house. Want to know what's involved? Take a look at the service recommendations on our website.

Get an emergency box organized and easy to find for those all-too-possible power outages. Click here to see what you should include.

And, finally, if you didn't already get a preventive maintenance done on your furnace or boiler, it's not too late. Call us today and we'll get you on the schedule, 603.964.6703.

Propane, What Size Tank?
Where to Install it?

Just about any home or business premises can use propane for central heat or individual appliances such as a cook-stove, clothes dryer, or fireplace. But it's not always obvious what you need or how to go about the propane installation. That's what we're here for.

Lamprey Energy can help you work out what your propane consumption is likely to be and whether you'll save money or improve efficiency by switching to propane.


Wondering what size propane tank you'll need? Where the propane tank should be located? Whether the tank should be above or below ground? We'll figure it all out for you. Give Mike Meserve a call at 603.964.6703.

Never-Ending Hot Water
at the Turn of a Tap

Once upon a time there was a fire and a pot ... Today there are all kinds of options for hot water, from direct solar-heated water on the roof to an instant hot-water heater in the basement.

Unlike the other options (including the solar-heated) the instant hot-water heater doesn't hold any water so it doesn't require a large storage tank, nor does it heat water until hot water is needed. When a hot-water tap is opened anywhere in the system, cold water is drawn into the water heater where it passes across heating elements and travels to the open tap. There, it comes out piping hot and keeps coming for as long as the tap is left open. Not only does this mean that you will never again run out of hot water—no matter how many unexpected guests come by for a shower—but also it means that you save money because you're not using energy when it's not required. Don't want hot water? Don't heat it!


If installing an instant hot-water heater isn't an option there are other ways to save energy when it comes to hot water: choose showers over baths; install low-flow faucets and showerheads; lower the temperature on the water-heater thermostat; use the lowest temperature setting on the dishwasher; increase the insulation on your storage tank.

And if you want to know more about the instant hot-water heater option give Mike Meserve a call at 603.964.6703, he'll be happy to answer your questions.

Ductless Mini Splits — the Heat/Cool of the Future?

Whether you live in an older home without central air or are building a new home with all mod-cons, when it comes to cooling and heating your rooms the ductless mini split may well be the way to go.

A ductless mini-split system or heat pump works in much the same way as a traditional system but without the ductwork and the interior unit that the traditional setup needs. Instead the system has an outside compressor/condenser and indoor units mounted to the wall (like in the picture) or to the ceiling in each roomrequiring comfort control. These indoor units are connected to the outdoor condenser by way of conduits (typically no larger than 3" diameter that house power cables, refrigerant tubing, suction tubing, and a drain for condensation. When cooling refrigerant is pulled in from the outdoor unit and the resulting cold air is distributed around the room by a fan housed in the indoor unit. When heating the system is merely reversed and heat rather than cold is pumped in from outside.


In times past ductless systems were unable to cope with extremely cold temperatures but today's systems can be rated to work in temperatures as high as 115ºF and as low as -15ºF—they may even work in more extreme conditions.

The benefits of the system are that you can more easily and efficiently control the temperature in individual rooms or zones; energy efficiency is greatly increased so your energy costs are reduced (did you know that according to energy.gov you can lose as much as 30% of your heating and cooling efficiency through your ductwork?) so your energy costs are reduced; air conditioning can be installed in a property where there is simply no space in which to accommodate ductwork; even if you supplement the system in the coldest of winters you will greatly reduce your consumption of fossil fuels; and finally, if you're installing a ductless system for the first time there are substantial rebates and incentives available from both federal and state funds.

Want to know if a ductless mini split would be suitable for your property? Call us today at 603.964.6703 and ask for Mike Meserve, he'll come right out and give you some solid advice on the best approach for your needs.