Letter: Saving Money Via Efficiency

To the Editor:

I want to thank Maggie Cassidy and the Valley News for the nice article on Dec. 8 on the Thetford Energy Committee’s award for its efforts to expand home weatherization in town. The award was made at the recent Vermont Energy and Climate Action Conference.

I also want to let readers know that the 25 percent annual energy savings and over $900 annual cost savings achieved by Thetford homeowners through that project are typical for most homeowners participating in the Home Performance with Energy Star program. The effort is underway in both Vermont and New Hampshire and provides homeowners with financial incentives (up to $2,000 in Vermont and up to $4,000 in New Hampshire) to get an energy audit and make home efficiency improvements that will help you get these savings and be more comfortable in your home.

For more information on the program and incentives, contact Efficiency Vermont at www.efficiencyvermont.com/homeperformance or 888-921-5990. In New Hampshire, contact New Hampshire Saves at www.nhsaves.com/residential/retrofit.html or call your electric utility company.

Low-income homeowners can get these same services for free. For more information, contact Southeastern Vermont Community Action at 800-464-9951 or http://www.sevca.org/home-repair-weatherization-wx; Central Vermont Community Action Council, 877-919-2299 or http://www.cvcac.org/index.php/weatherization/about-weatherization. In New Hampshire, contact Tri-County CAP at 603-752-7100.

To learn more about other energy-saving programs, opportunities and tips, and how you can support our local efforts, contact Sustainable Energy Resource Group at www.SERG-info.org or 802-785-4126.

Bob Walker

Director, Sustainable Energy Resource Group

Thetford Center


Thetford Energy Program Honored at Fairlee Climate Conference

Friday, December 6, 2013

Fairlee — The Thetford Energy Committee was honored Saturday at a statewide energy conference for a home weatherization program that became the model for a statewide campaign. More than 260 people, many of them from municipal energy commissions from across the state, attended the sixth annual Community Energy and Climate Action Conference at Lake Morey Resort, largely to share and …