Weatherization Efforts Set in 14 Vermont Towns 

Published: 1/7/2017 11:53:41 PM

White River Junction — A pilot program encouraging homeowners in 14 Vermont towns to invest in energy efficiency projects will kick off later this month.

Weatherize Upper Valley, a Vital Communities program, connects community volunteers with certified weatherization contractors to provide free home professional energy assessments, proposals and quotes, according to a news release from the nonprofit. It aims to double the number of home energy projects completed in the Upper Valley each year.

Participating towns include Hartland, Hartford, Norwich, Thetford, Sharon, Royalton, Bethel, Randolph, Braintree, Brookfield, Windsor, Reading, Cavendish and Weathersfield.

If the pilot project is a success, Vital Communities will bring the program to New Hampshire and additional Vermont communities next year.

“Energy efficiency projects, focused on air sealing and insulation, are the best kept secret in home improvement,” said Sarah Brock, energy program manager at Vital Communities. “The average cost for these projects in our region is $7,800, resulting in average energy savings of 26 percent annually. With generous rebates in both Vermont and New Hampshire, plus the benefit of increased comfort, it’s an easy decision for many homeowners to make, if we can just help them take the first step.”

At the kick-off meetings, interested residents can learn more about the Weatherize process and home energy efficiency, talk with neighbors who have completed energy efficiency projects and meet their community’s certified weatherization contractors, the release said.

The initial meeting for Bethel, Royalton, and Sharon residents is set for Jan. 17, from 6-7:30 p.m., at Royalton Academy. For residents of Hartland, Hartford, Norwich and Thetford, it’s Jan. 18, from 6-8 p.m. at Montshire Museum of Science. The introduction for Randolph, Brookfield and Braintree residents is Jan. 21, from 10-11:30 a.m., at Chandler Music Hall. For Cavendish, Reading, Weathersfield and Windsor residents, it’s Jan, 28, from 10-11:30 a.m., Weathersfield School.

For more information, go to VitalCommunities.org/Weatherize.

— Staff report

 




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