BRATTLEBORO -- Spring has long been the time when Vermonters Green Up, and this fall, for the first time, Vermonters will be encouraged to "Button Up." On Saturday, Oct. 5, Vermonters have an opportunity to participate in a local effort -- or start one -- and lend a few hours to help friends and neighbors take actions to lower their energy bills this winter.

Modeled after Vermont's successful "Green Up Day" and building on the familiar Button Up brand, this will be the first-ever grassroots day of action on weatherization in Vermont. The day is being spearheaded by the Vermont Energy and Climate Action Network, in partnership with Efficiency Vermont and Vermont Home Energy Challenge Coordinators, and is aimed at mobilizing as many volunteers as possible in communities throughout the state to take steps -- large and small -- to help Vermonters stop wasting energy and money and reduce our contribution to climate change. There is still plenty of time for towns to sign on to the effort, and VECAN will provide support and guidance to help make participating as easy as possible.

"Weatherizing your home is good for the environment and good for our community," said Paul Cameron, director of Brattleboro Climate Protection and regional coordinator for the Vermont Home Energy Challenge. "It reduces carbon pollution and our reliance on foreign oil, while saving money and making our homes more comfortable."

According to Cameron, members of the Brattleboro Energy Committee and other community volunteers will be going door-to-door on Oct. 5 to spread the word about special incentives that are available to help residents weatherize their homes.


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"In addition to a discount on an energy audit, homeowners can receive up to $2,600 in incentives from Efficiency Vermont," Cameron said.

To learn more about Button Up Vermont Day of Action and to volunteer a few hours Oct. 5 visit www.vecan.net/buttonupvermontday/. If you would like to be a local organizer you can contact Keil Corey at kcorey@vnrc.org or 223-2328 x118.

For more information about the Vermont Home Energy Challenge, contact Paul Cameron at 251-8135 or pcameron@brattleboro.org, or visit www.brattleboroenergychallenge.org.