It says here:
Portsmouth defeated by ‘green’ Keene
Municipal employees in Portsmouth and Keene, the state’s two predominant “green” cities, slugged it out over the course of three weeks and, in the end, Keene delivered the knockout punch.
Portsmouth accepted Keene’s challenge in late March to see which environmentally conscious city could get the highest percentage of municipal employees signed up for the New Hampshire Carbon Challenge by Earth Day. With a participation rate of 55 percent, Keene employees easily outperformed Portsmouth’s 41 percent.
That’s nice. I guess. I dunno. From my point of view, ‘green’ Keene has a long way to go. My struggle to get the city to issue its first-ever approval for a clean, modern, efficient wood gasifier was epic, and cost me more than few sleepless nights.
Then last week the other shoe dropped. I found out, by accident, that I qualified for a property tax exemption. A qualifying wood heating system is defined as:
…a wood burning appliance designed to operate as a central heating system to heat the interior of a building.
Yep, that’s what my EKO-40 does. I get to reduce the taxable value of my property by $10,000. It’ll only save me a few hundred bucks a year, but that’s every year, so it’s nothing to sneeze at. I’m grateful.
But. During all that time I was struggling to get the system approved, no official in ‘green’ Keene said: Oh, by the way, we do encourage this kind of thing, and you’ll even qualify for an exemption, and in fact it’ll be the first one we’ve had the opportunity to do, and we’re excited about that!
Well, the secret’s out now. I’m happy to know that the next person to adopt central wood heating will be able to search, find precedent, and move forward.