---- — CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — The Retail Merchants Association of New Hampshire has put out a guide to help businesses reduce their use of energy and expenses related to poor building performance.
The guide is the result of knowledge gained during a 4-year-old program in which nearly 200 small and mid-sized businesses undertook a variety of energy evaluations and retrofits, said Amanda Holden, the association’s energy efficient program director.
The 82-page free guide can be downloaded from the association’s website, www.rmanh.com. It discusses such topics as replacing a boiler, heating with electricity, hot water systems and refrigeration and includes specific cases of businesses making improvements.
“The field guide will help other business owners learn more about the benefits of energy conservation and efficiency and help set them on their way toward lower energy costs,” Holden said.
The association is a statewide, nonprofit trade association representing over 900 businesses in the state, from large chains to small independent retailers.
Executive Councilor Raymond Burton said the guide will introduce the best practices to businesses across the state.