HVAC – Stands for heating, ventilation, and air conditioning.
Maine Public Utilities Commission – A state agency that regulates the monopoly utilities – electricity, natural gas, telecommunications, water, and more in Maine.
Natural gas – A fossil fuel used as a source of energy for heating, cooking, and electricity generation. It is also used as fuel for vehicles and as a chemical feedstock in the manufacture of plastics and other commercially important organic chemicals. It is a non-renewable resource.
Heating Oil – This fossil fuel is a refined form of liquid petroleum. Heating oil is now commonly blended with 5% or more biodiesel. Heating oil or kerosene is a liquid product derived from petroleum distillation as a by-product of crude oil. It’s similar to diesel. Heating oil is the second most important by-product of crude oil after gasoline.
Point-of-use heaters – Another name for space heaters; appliances that add heat to a certain room or area. Examples include wood stoves, pellet stoves, portable wall heaters, and fireplaces.
Pressure Adjustment Factor – Correction factor to calculate the correct consumption going through the meter.
Programmable thermostat – Allows you to program the heat in your home to automatically go up and down according to your schedule, saving you money by keeping the house cooler when you’re sleeping or out.
Propane – Propane is a three-carbon alkane with the molecular formula C
3H8, a gas at standard temperature and pressure, but compressible to a transportable liquid. A by-product of natural gas processing and petroleum refining, it is commonly used as a fuel for engines, oxy-gas torches, portable stoves, and residential central heating. Propane is one of a group of liquefied petroleum gases (LP gases). The others include butane, propylene, butadiene, butylene, isobutylene and mixtures thereof.
R-factor – Scientists use this rating to identify the effectiveness of insulation. The “R” stands for resistance to the flow of heat through the air – convection – or through solids – conduction. The higher the R-Factor, the slower heat travels through it.
SEER – Seasonal energy efficiency ratio, a measurement applied to heat pumps.
Space heater – An appliance that adds heat to a certain room or area. Think wood stoves, pellet stoves, portable wall heaters, and fireplaces.
Tankless water heater – Appliances that supply continuous hot water to your home, without a storage tank. They save energy – and money – by heating water when you need it, instead of keeping a reservoir of hot water on standby 24/7.
Therms – A unit of heat energy equal to 1000,000 British Thermal units (BTU). It is approximately the energy equivalent of burning 100 cubic feet of natural gas.