BRATTLEBORO -- The town of Brattleboro will receive a $10,000 grant from Efficiency Vermont in recognition of its efforts in the Vermont Home Energy Challenge, a statewide initiative to increase energy efficiency in homes and apartments. Brattleboro achieved the highest percentage of completed home efficiency projects in the Windham region while exceeding a minimum of 10 projects. Brattleboro homeowners and landlords completed 41 efficiency projects during the Challenge, which ran from Jan. 1, 2013, to Feb. 15.

The grant can be used for a municipal or school energy efficiency project which achieves either thermal or electrical energy savings in buildings, street lighting, or water/wastewater treatment facilities.

"We are very pleased to receive this recognition," said Paul Cameron, Town Energy Coordinator. "This award is a testament to the dedication and hard work of the Brattleboro Energy Committee and numerous community volunteers, and to the Town's commitment to energy efficiency."

"The goal of the Home Energy Challenge was to support local efforts to raise awareness about - and spur action on -- home energy efficiency," said Paul Markowitz, Community Energy Program Manager for Efficiency Vermont. "Brattleboro really stepped up and did a great job. We are thrilled that this recognition will help them move forward with more energy-saving projects in the community."