BRATTLEBORO >> The Windham &Windsor Housing Trust's newest project is not multifamily housing or a loan product but a free Energy Visit Program that provides weatherization advice and free energy efficiency tools such as LED and CFL bulbs, advanced power strips, and low-flow shower heads to residents of Windham and Windsor County.
The Windham & Windsor Housing Trust was one of seven organizations statewide to receive Efficiency Vermont funds for its Home Energy Visit Project. What Windham & Windsor is calling The Save Energy Today! Program is sponsored by the Vermont Community Energy Program through Efficiency Vermont and allows for the Windham & Windsor Housing Trust's Sustainability Planning Coordinator to visit homes for a short walkthrough, share advice for saving energy, and point homeowners in the right direction for further work needed and possible incentives and rebates they could utilize. Energy and insulation concerns may not be at the forefront of anyone's mind during the spring and summer months, but usually that is when it is easiest to address these problems.
This is the second year that Efficiency Vermont has provided grants to non-profit organizations to help Vermonters reduce their energy bills. The first year of the grant program resulted in more than 185 home energy visits throughout the state with hundreds of energy efficient products installed. The light bulbs available (LED and CFL) to replace incandescent bulbs are about six times more efficient in energy use than their incandescent counterparts; they are a free investment into the future of your homes.
Following our recent mild winter and current low oil costs, energy savings and weatherization concerns seem to pale in comparison to other issues facing homeowners. However, now is the best time to invest in energy conservation and efficiency. Weatherization improvements at any scale can increase the safety, comfort, and value of a home and save you even more in the future.
"Energy efficiency is among the least expensive ways to meet Vermont's electricity needs, costing about half of the cost of generated power," said Liz Gamache, Director of Efficiency Vermont from a state wide perspective. Free programs like Save Energy Today and other grant funded programs, rebates and incentives can go a long way in terms of monthly and annual utility costs.
To sign up for a free energy visit contact the Sustainability Planning Coordinator and AmeriCorps member by Aug. 5 at 802-246- 2116 to set up an appointment for July and early August. The program is ending soon but there are plenty of appointment times still available.
Mary McLoughlin is the Sustainability Planning Coordinator and an AmeriCorps Member. She can be contacted at MMcLoughlin@w-wht.org.