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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.

Energy efficiency funds secured for Windsor Village

The U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD) has made a grant of nearly a quarter-million dollars to improve energy efficiency at Windsor Village.

The $243,500 grant will be used to improve the 77-unit housing development in Windsor.

Housing Vermont began work on the $5 million improvement project last month. It's expected to be completed in about a year.

Vermont receives $350,000 for energy efficiency, housing

Vermont Energy Investment Corp. (VEIC), in partnership with Vermont Housing & Conservation Board (VHCB) and Champlain Housing Trust (CHT), has received a $350,000 grant from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.

Energy survey available for rental property owners/managers

The Vermont Fuel Efficiency Partnership (VFEP), in cooperation with VHFA and Vermont Housing & Conservation Board (VHCB), is encouraging all owners/managers of subsidized rental properties in Vermont to complete a new online energy survey.

The survey will help VFEP determine where to best allocate resources to improve energy efficiency. Properties will be selected based on their level of fuel use as a function of their size and climate, and opportunities for savings.

Solar hot water coming to Vermont's affordable housing

westgateFour Vermont affordable housing developments will install solar water heating systems, thanks to $500,000 in grants from the U.S. Department of Energy.

Rebates for Vermonters upgrading to energy efficient appliances

The federal government is offering nearly $600,000 in refunds to Vermonters who upgrade their household appliances to more energy efficient models.

The money is part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.

The state is running a mail-in rebate program to help Vermonters replace older, inefficient appliances with new, high-efficiency Energy Star® qualified and ultra-efficient appliances.

Home energy workshop

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Central Vermont Community Action Council will present "Button-Up Vermont," a home weatherization workshop conducted by trained energy auditors, tomorrow.

Residents will learn the fundamentals of energy loss in buildings and do-it-yourself opportunities for saving energy, including behavioral changes and low-cost weatherization measures.

VHFA achieves energy savings

light bulbLast year VHFA implemented a number of energy saving initiatives at our offices in downtown Burlington. According to the Burlington Electric Department (BED), those efforts have started to pay off.

BED estimates VHFA reduced its electricity bill by $1,800 over the course of the year.

In the last year, we've:

Last day for energy survey

A reminder to owners and managers of subsidized rental properties in Vermont: The deadline to submit your properties’ energy and utility data to VHFA is today.

Complete the survey online.

We've been getting survey results fast and furious over the last couple of days. Thanks to all of you who've already completed the survey.


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