Rebates lower cost of DIY weatherization

Burlington, VT

Handy Vermonters who want to take steps to make their homes warmer and more affordable this winter have a new tool they can reach for; up to $100 in rebates from Efficiency Vermont for do-it-yourselfers to lower the cost of weatherization materials.

While a comprehensive energy retrofit by a qualified contractor is the best way to save money and reduce carbon emissions from a home, many Vermonters are not ready to take that bigger step.

“We want to make sure that no matter where Vermonters are in their journey toward a more energy efficient home, they have the tools and resources to help them take the next step that’s right for them,” said Efficiency Vermont Program Director Carol Weston. “The more Vermonters get involved in even small do-it-yourself (DIY) projects to prepare for winter and experience the benefits, the more inspired they’ll be to continue buttoning up their homes in years to come.”

Efficiency Vermont’s DIY Weatherization program supports the efforts of Button Up Vermont, a coalition of organizations working together to raise awareness of the need to prepare homes for winter. Button Up Vermont seeks to help the state meet its goal of weatherizing 80,000 housing units (20 percent) by 2020.

To qualify for Efficiency Vermont’s DIY Weatherization rebate, customers need only complete any three of seven approved projects and submit photos of the finished work:

  1. Build or purchase an air tight, well insulated attic hatch
  2. Air seal and insulate the box sill and rim joists in basements
  3. Build an air tight, well insulated bulkhead door in basements
  4. Spot air seal and insulate attics
  5. Install a new window, Low-E storm window or panel
  6. Weatherize windows
  7. Weatherize exterior doors

For more information, including instructional videos, printable how-to guides, and online rebate forms, visitefficiencyvermont.com/diyprojects.

For Vermonters who want to achieve deeper savings, Efficiency Vermont also offers up to $2,000 in incentives for comprehensive energy retrofits performed by contractors in the Efficiency Excellence Network.Low-interest financing options are available.

About Efficiency Vermont

As the nation’s first Energy Efficiency Utility, Efficiency Vermont has helped Vermont avoid over 12 million metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions and has received the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s ENERGY STAR Program for sustained excellence award for the last six consecutive years. Efficiency Vermont works with partners to help our state transition to a more affordable, low carbon energy future through education, incentives, and support for our clean energy workforce. For more information, contact Efficiency Vermont at (888) 921-5990 or visit www.efficiencyvermont.com.

Efficiency Vermont
Jeff Buell
Phone: (802) 540-7662
jbuell@veic.org