Buttoning Up has never been more affordable

by Rebecca Foster, Director, Efficiency Vermont

It seems like of all the seasons, fall has some of the strongest associations for people. After the back-to-school whirlwind is over, our thoughts turn to the spectacular changing leaves around us (and the many tourists who visit our great state this time of year to see them!). We spend time visiting Vermont’s orchards, picking apples and enjoying fresh cider donuts. Our kids grow antsy as they plan their Halloween costumes and fantasize about pillow cases full of candy.

At Efficiency Vermont, fall is when our thoughts turn to weatherization – encouraging Vermonters to take steps to prepare their homes for the cold winter we know is right around the corner. Weatherization efforts we make now can save us money when the temperatures outside begin to drop, keeping our homes comfortable while using less heating fuel. This is good for our wallets, and it’s good for the planet as well. The fossil fuels burned to keep buildings warm are the second highest source of carbon emissions in Vermont, close behind transportation.

That’s why Efficiency Vermont supports the annual Button Up Vermont campaign. We join with our many partners, from distribution utilities, to weatherization agencies, to environmental advocates, to home performance contractors, to town energy committees. We all share a single goal: Encourage more families to button up for winter.

Is your town ready to Button Up?

This year, more than 50 towns across the state have signed up to be Button Up Vermont community partners. Residents in these towns will have increased access to special weatherization workshops and home energy tours, and will also be eligible for a limited number of free home energy visits from an Efficiency Vermont energy expert.

We’ve also teamed up with the other two energy efficiency utilities in Vermont – Burlington Electric Department and Vermont Gas Systems – to offer enhanced incentives to encourage more contractor-led weatherization projects. You can get a rebate of 50 percent of the cost of your comprehensive air sealing and insulation project, up to $4,000, if you are among the 60 percent of Vermont families who qualify as moderate income. Higher income families can get also get rebates up to $2,000. These weatherization incentives are the largest we’ve ever offered, making now the best time ever to do a contractor-led project.

There are lots of other incentives available, so no matter what size project you are ready to tackle, there likely is support for your next step. Check out buttonupvermont.org for more information about events, incentives, and helpful tips.

Enjoy the fall and get ready for winter. Button Up Vermont!

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