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Letter: A Home Weatherization Challenge

To the Editor:

Volunteers from 12 Upper Valley communities are encouraging neighbors to weatherize their homes as part of the statewide Vermont Home Energy Challenge. Each town has a goal of weatherizing 3 percent of its homes this year. The town that weatherizes the highest percentage of homes will win $10,000 from Efficiency Vermont to be used toward a municipal energy-saving project.

To promote this effort, Efficiency Vermont is offering a $100 discount on all home energy assessments and audits this year — a necessary first step in the home weatherization process. In addition, 18 auditor contractors are providing an additional $50 discount off home energy audits to homeowners from towns participating in the challenge — Bradford, Fairlee, Hartland, Norwich, Randolph, Sharon, Strafford, Thetford, Topsham, Tunbridge, Weathersfield and Woodstock.

You can track your town’s progress toward its goal and contact those coordinating efforts in your town so you can learn more about home energy savings or volunteer to help at www.efficiencyvermont.com/homeenergychallenge. You can find the list of contractors offering $50 discounts at www.SERG-info.org .

Finally, the community action agencies serving the Upper Valley, SEVCA and CVCAC, have received extra funding to provide free home energy audits and weatherization services to income-qualifying Vermonters who live in towns formerly served by CVPS.

So don’t wait any longer to make your home more comfortable, save money on home heating bills and protect the environment by making your home more energy efficient. For more information on any of these programs, email serg@serg-info.org or call 802-785-4126.

Bob Walker

Director, Sustainable Energy Resource Group

Thetford Center