Don't leave money on the table for weatherization
Folks were already struggling with energy costs before fuel prices reached record highs. Weatherization makes homes more comfortable, decreases costs, can improve health, and reduces greenhouse gas emissions. Weatherization makes sense. But I know that the upfront costs of weatherizing can be difficult to fit into a tight budget. If you’ve thought of weatherizing your home in the past but got discouraged by the cost, now is the time to explore the possibilities.
Our latest incentive is one of the biggest discounts we have ever offered. The incentive allows you to get up to 75 percent of the cost of the project back in a rebate, as much as $5,000 if you qualify as moderate or low income, while funds last. This lowers that cost barrier. You can also pay for your project monthly through our Home Energy Loan, with interest rates as low as zero percent. A project that takes advantage of the incentive offer and uses a Home Energy Loan means you could complete a weatherization project for around $50 per month.
About 60% of Vermont households qualify as moderate-income – you can use this handy chart to see if yours might be one of them. Our customer support team can help you too.
If you don’t qualify as moderate-income, we’ve still made it easier for you to complete a project. Higher-income households can still get up to 75 percent of the project costs back, up to $2,000.
Low-income help to weatherize your home has not changed. If you meet low-income thresholds, you may qualify for free or reduced-price services and products. You can learn more by working with your regional weatherization agency.
Weatherization is a cost-effective way to keep your home comfortable and to reduce carbon pollution. Heating our buildings in Vermont causes nearly 30 percent of our state’s carbon emissions. We predict that this increased weatherization incentive could result in an additional 600 homes getting weatherized through 2023. That has me excited!
Kelsey hired the Efficiency Excellence Network contractors. The crew air sealed and insulated the entire structure, resulting in fresher indoor air and comfortable temperatures year-round. Ice buildups are now a thing of the past, and Kelsey is estimated to save $400 each year on heating costs. Read more.
And you will save too. Those are dollars that you can spend on your family and reinvest in the local economy.