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Energy

Task force calls for comprehensive and rapid weatherization of Vermont buildings

Investing in thermal efficiency improvements—primarily air sealing, insulation, and heating system replacements—can dramatically reduce a home’s heating energy use.   An estimated 62,000 single and multi-family homes in Vermont will require energy efficient imp

Crisis heating assistance available for Vermont residents

Lower-income Vermonters experiencing home heating problems on these extremely cold days are encouraged to contact the Vermont Department for Children and Families (DCF) to request crisis heating assistance. 

Green Mountain Power offers discount to lower income Vermont residents

Eligible households who are customers of Green Mountain Power can get a 25% discount off the monthly charge for the first 600 kilowatt hours of energy they use.  This discount will save some households a total of up to $300 each year.  The program is administered by t

Grants offered by U.S. Green Building Council

Ten $25,000 grants are being offered by the U.S. Green Building Council to assist developers of affordable housing that show commitment to building sustainable communities through the LEED for Neighborhood Development program.

Largest net zero energy community in the U.S. opens

In August 2011, the University of California at Davis welcomed the first residents of UC Davis West Village, a multi-use development that is expected to generate the same amount of energy that it consumes.

Federal heating assistance may shrink

In states like Vermont where so many homes are heated with oil, potential cuts to the federal program that provides assistance to low-income residents could not come at a worse time.   Half of all Vermont homes area heated with oil--far more than the seven percent national average. 

Historic West Rutland buildings converted to energy efficient apartments

Senator Bernie Sanders was in West Rutland Friday to celebrate the conversion of two historic buildings-- Stanislaus School and a former convent that had been unoccupied for years--into affordable, energy efficient housing.  

Efficiency assistance for Vermonters repairing homes

As Vermonters repair or rebuild their homes, Efficiency Vermont can provide advice on replacing damaged insulation and on how to address health and safety issues. In addition, Efficiency Vermont has financial assistance available for air sealing, replacing insulation, heating and hot water systems as well as rebates on ENERGY STAR® clothes washers, dehumidifiers, and refrigerators.

For more information call  1-888-921-5990 (toll-free) or www.efficiencyvermont.com/irene.

New studies show Vermonters can save $880M through energy efficiency investments

Three studies, commissioned by the Middlebury-based High Meadows Fund, found that warm homes in winter and cool homes in summer are within reach if Vermont streamlines the process of making efficiency investments.

Photo: Windsor Village event

VHFA Executive Director Sarah Carpenter (left) and Housing Vermont President Nancy Owens (center) joined Sen. Bernie Sanders at last week's announcement at Windsor Village.

Read more about the energy efficiency project underway there.

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