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H.E.A.T. Squad completes weatherization projects in Rutland County

RUTLAND—The H.E.A.T. Squad, a home health, safety, and energy efficiency program of the non-profit NeighborWorks of Western Vermont, has facilitated energy improvement projects in almost 6 percent of the owner-occupied homes in Rutland County (over 1,000 houses).
These weatherization projects save those households almost a million dollars every year in energy costs and as a result can decrease asthma-related visits to the doctor or emergency room.
The program provides wrap-around customer service to Vermonters of all incomes to help them make energy efficiency improvements to their homes. The H.E.A.T. Squad conducts low-cost energy audits with a same-day, detailed report prioritizing energy efficiency, health, and safety upgrades. These include air sealing, upgraded insulation, heat pumps, replacement of old furnaces, upgraded hot water systems, and solar.
The H.E.A.T. Squad then helps homeowners connect with trustworthy local contractors and access up to $2,500 worth of rebates from Efficiency Vermont. NeighborWorks of Western Vermont offers unsecured energy loans with interest rates from 0-4.99 percent, based on income, loan term, and use of proceeds for energy efficiency improvements.
In 2009, 588 home energy improvement projects had been completed throughout Vermont. Now, aided by the H.E.A.T. Squad, over 1,000 homes in Rutland County alone are healthier, safer, more efficient, and more affordable for homeowners.
The H.E.A.T. Squad has expanded to serve five counties in southern Vermont.

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