Learn how to weatherize your home

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BRATTLEBORO — On these cold days, when you feel the drafts in your home, and pay those large heating bills, have you ever thought about what it would take to create a cozy, energy efficient home?

The prospect of weatherizing our homes can be a daunting task.

Knowing where to start and how to follow though can feel overwhelming. Sustainable Energy Outreach Network can help.

On Wednesday, March 21, SEON will sponsor "All about weatherization: How to have a cozy home and save money along the way," a public forum that takes place from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Robert H. Gibson River Garden, 157 Main St. Everyone is welcome. A $5 donation is encouraged.

Experts from the HEAT Squad — Liam Fagan, Community Outreach Coordinator, and Corey Trimmer, certified energy auditor — will discuss the steps, beginning to end, starting with the importance of an energy audit, followed by how houses work, what tools are used and what we can learn from the audit report.

Find out about the variety of services the HEAT Squad offers — from coaching homeowners on how to prioritize work, providing assistance with finding a contractor, approving the quality of the work done, to offering loans.

The HEAT Squad can also process the paperwork for incentives.

Steve Spatz from Efficiency Vermont will be there to talk more specifically about the available incentives and rebates for energy efficiency.

The average HEAT Squad customer saves $900 a year. Insulation and air sealing can make your home more comfortable in every season. Samantha Wilhelm, Brattleboro Branch Manager at Vermont State Credit Union, will talk about the various VGreen loan option specifically designed for energy efficient home improvement projects and sustainable energy.

For those with limited income, a representative from Southeast Vermont Community Action will talk about the weatherization services that they offer and who qualifies for them.

To help SEON plan for this event, register by sending an email to admin@seon.info or calling 802- 376-9262. For more details, go to www.seon.info/public-forums.

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