Archive for the Learn Category

What are the Five Best Smart Thermostats?

Lifehacker recently put a call out to their readers to share their experiences using smart thermostats, and asked them to rank and review their favorites.  Which ones prevail and which ones fail?  Let’s find out: The clear winner for Lifehacker readers is the Nest Thermostat.  Sure, there

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Heat Pumps 101: 8 of The Most Common Questions About Heat Pumps Explained

Heat pumps are awesome – everyone says that right?  But they’re also kind of… magical?  Not really, of course.  But the technology that drives heat pumps is mysterious unless you’re an expert in physics AND heating and cooling.  And most literature on the Internet either wants you

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Heat Pump Water Heater Rebate from Efficiency Maine

Efficiency Maine offers a rebate of $300 for qualifying hybrid electric heat pump water heaters.  True North offers only heat pump water heaters that qualify for this rebate.   Read on for an overview of the heat pump water heater rebate, how to apply for it and what

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Wood Pellet Boiler Rebate from Efficiency Maine

Efficiency Maine offers a rebate of 1/3 of the total project cost up to $5,000 for ultra-low greenhouse gas emitting automated wood pellet boiler systems, like the Kedel wood pellet boiler from Denmark.  Read on for an overview of the wood pellet boiler rebate, how to apply

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Heat Pump Rebate from Efficiency Maine

Efficiency Maine offers a rebate of $500 for qualifying air source mini split ductless heat pumps.  True North offers many models of heat pumps that qualify for this rebate from Mitsubishi and Fujitsu.  The $500 rebate is a one-time incentive that applies to the complete project, and

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Efficiency Maine Rebates and Home Loans

Efficiency Maine is the independent administrator for energy efficiency programs in Maine. Efficiency Maine’s mission is to lower the cost and environmental impacts of energy in Maine by promoting cost-effective energy efficiency and alternative energy systems. Efficiency Maine does this primarily by delivering rebates on the purchase

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Switch to Biofuel

It is inexpensive and simple to reduce your home’s carbon footprint by 30% with Bio-Optimization from True North Energy Services.  We’ll optimize your oil boiler to use less fuel and set it up to use renewable B20 biofuel from Maine Standard Biofuels.  Maine Standard Biofuels uses recycled

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Service, Cleaning & Optimization

Service, Cleaning & Optimization

Most Mainers have an oil boiler heating their homes.  And whether it’s one year old or thirty, True North can help you maintain your boiler and optimize it for efficiency so that it uses as little oil as possible to keep your home warm.  First, we check

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Troubleshooting 101: Your Boiler IQ!

Have you ever found yourself without heat on the coldest night of the year? Did you call a heating contractor for emergency after-hours service only to find out you were out of fuel or had accidentally cut the power supply? If so, don’t feel bad! This happens

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Is Natural Gas Available In My Neighborhood?

There are three natural gas utilities serving Maine.  To find out if you have natural gas available in your area, use the following resources, email us, or call us at 207-221-5677 and one of our Energy Advisers will walk you through up to date information on the

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Cord Wood vs. Pellets

Cord Wood vs. Pellets

Maine has a long history of heating with wood – with forests covering 90% of the land in Maine, many of us have access to cord wood to heat our homes.  However, once you’ve decided to get off oil, you may need to consider whether to heat

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Financing Options

Financing Options

Learn about loans, rebates and other financing options to improve your home’s heating performance.  Click here for information on rebates.  

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EPA Releases Analysis of Emissions from Biomass Fuel!

EPA Releases Analysis of Emissions from Biomass Fuel!

It’s a pretty great time to be a wood pellet here at True North!  Last month, the Environmental Protection Agency validated that emissions from sustainably sourced biomass (wood pellets and others) are “likely to have minimal or no net atmospheric contributions of biogenic CO2 emissions, or even

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Tips for Choosing A Heating Contractor

It was 10 degrees for much of the morning here in Portland today, which means that unless you enjoy a chilly home, your heating system got a workout last night.  Great!  That’s what it’s for!  But what if your system isn’t performing up to expectations, or –

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