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Rutland and Bennington County towns compete in “Vermont Home Energy Challenge”

Nine towns in Rutland and Bennington counties have signed up to compete in a statewide "Vermont Home Energy Challenge" designed to encourage Vermonters to make their homes more energy efficient, with the goal of saving fuel, saving money, and supporting our local economy. 

Towns participating in the challenge include: Rutland City, West Rutland, Killington, Pawlet, Dorset, Mount Holly, Benson, Manchester, and Peru.

Under the challenge towns will strive to meet a goal of weatherizing 3% of the homes in their communities by the end of 2013.
Efficiency Vermont provides up to $2,000 in incentives to homeowners who complete energy improvements. NeighborWorks H.E.A.T. Squad is a path for homeowners to make energy improvements, offering discounted energy audits, unbiased advice, project management and flexible financing.

Weatherizing 3% of homes in every Vermont town would represent a six-fold increase in the number of weatherization jobs currently taking place and it would put the state on par to meet its climate change goal of weatherizing 80,000 homes by 2020.
Rutland and Bennington counties make up one of the six regions in Vermont competing in the challenge. The town per region that achieves the highest percentage of completed home energy improvements per capita will win $10,000 toward an energy-efficient project in their community.

Efficiency Vermont and the Vermont Energy and Climate Action Network (VECAN) in partnership with town energy committees and other organizations throughout the state, including NeighborWorks of Western Vermont and Green Mountain Power have joined together to help promote this challenge statewide.

WORKSHOP
Tuesday, Feb. 19 -RUTLAND- From 5-9 p.m. a regional workshop for Rutland and Bennington residents interested in the challenge, and who want to help their towns participate will be held at the CVPS/Leahy Room in Rutland Regional Medical Center.

The workshop will cover a number of turnkey projects that residents can implement in their communities, including home energy visits, door-to-door community outreach, home energy workshops, and free home energy saving kits. Dinner will be provided for workshop attendees.

To sign up for the training, please contact Maura Campbell at NeighborWorks H.E.A.T. Squad at 802-438-2303 x 214.
For more information about the statewide challenge, or to sign up a town, please visit: www.efficiencyvermont.com/homeenergychallenge.