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Wednesday January 16, 2013

Farnum Cellulose Insulators consolidates, adds new employees

PUTNEY -- Celebrating its ninth year as a full-service insulation and weatherization business, Farnum Cellulose Insulators has moved into brand new headquarters at 29 Brickyard Lane.

The company has also grown to eight employees.

"More and more homeowners and businesses are concerned about energy use," owner Chad Farnum said. "Insulation is no longer an option, it is a critical component of energy efficiency and cost effectiveness."

In addition to cellulose insulation, the company also offers spray foam insulation, energy audits, targeted interior air sealing and duct sealing, blower door tests and technical expertise.

Recent hires include Junio Anthes-Moody who is an energy auditor and Jeff Dunbar, estimator. He has a long history in the area and relocated here full-time from Brooklyn in 2008. He studied renewable energy and energy efficiency at Greenfield Community College. Anthes-Moody has chaired the Brattleboro Solid Waste committee and is a volunteer for Brattleboro’s Project COW, the compost program. In addition to working at Farnum, he also teaches weatherization at Greenfield Community College.

Dunbar resides in Saxtons River near where he grew up. He has a Masters in Conservation Science and as a conservator, he worked on the preservation of artifacts in the collections of New York State, The Smithsonian Institution, Princeton University, and The Library of Congress.

Farnum Cellulose Insulators is an approved contractor in the Home Performance with Energy Star program with Efficiency Vermont and is OSHA and EPA compliant. The Home Performance with Energy Star program is a national program administered by the U.S. Department of Energy in conjunction with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. This program helps homeowners improve their homes’ efficiency with whole-house solutions to enhance comfort and indoor air quality, while reducing energy bills.

Money for communities to mitigate future disaster damage

WATERBURY -- Cities, towns, and certain non-profits in Vermont are once again eligible for funds to help prevent future damage during natural disasters. The state of Vermont is accepting applications for funding under the federal Hazard Mitigation Grant Program. The program awards money to municipalities to fix public infrastructure, buyout homes and businesses, and other projects.

Projects are designed to avoid damage in floods and other natural disasters. In the past these have included flood proofing, raising, or relocation of public buildings; culvert replacement and repairs to drainage systems in areas that frequently flood; buying private properties and businesses in flood prone areas; and other measures that help mitigate the human and monetary cost of future disasters. Towns and agencies in all Vermont counties are eligible to apply for the program.

HMGP covers up to 75 percent of project costs; with a 25 percent local match requirement that is the responsibility of the applicant. Unlike prior HMGP funding rounds, the state is not able to commit the 25 percent local match share for property acquisitions as funding for this purpose is not certain. HMGP is funded through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and is administered by the Vermont division of Emergency Management and Homeland Security.

Communities must submit a letter of intent to EMHS by Jan 18. Completed applications are due by Feb. 1.

An HMGP application can be downloaded from EMHS’s website at Or contact the State Hazard Mitigation Officer at 800-347-0488 or for an application or assistance in applying for funds.

HMGP funds are awarded on a competitive basis and all applications are reviewed and selected by the state mitigation project selection committee, then subject to approval by FEMA.

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