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Homeowner makes use of effiiciency incentives

South Burlington, Vermont - October 4, 2010

Fall is upon us and that means winter is right around the corner. One state-wide organization is trying to help Vermonters save money on the high costs of heating a home during the cold months.

Winter can be pricey for Vermonters. "We live in a climate where you can spend thousands of dollars a winter heating your home," said Logan Brown with Efficiency Vermont.

And when you have a drafty home, you aren't just losing heat, you're potentially losing money. "We want to run our house and our lives as energy efficiently as possible," said Peter Jones, a South Burlington resident that recently renovated his home to be more energy efficient. "You can see that there's two inches of foam insulation that was put on the outside of the building," he said.

Jones also installed solar powered hot water, completely air sealed the house, added new insulation and installed solar electrical systems. Ten years ago, Jones spent more than $700 alone on home heating oil. Now, he's down to less than $150. "I know that our house uses about a quarter of the amount of energy that the typical Vermonter uses," he said.

Jones used a program offered by Efficiency Vermont to save thousands on the renovations. "He took advantage of the Home Performance with Energy Star program and up to $2500 in incentives to insulate and air seal his home," Brown said.

The organization supports a network of certified home energy auditors throughout the state and if a homeowner receives an audit and weatherizes their home It can help offset the costs of the audit, insulation and air sealing. "They came to the home, filled the attic, walls with insulation made sure all health and safety standards were in place, and really helped Peter and his family reduce the amount of heating fuel and wood that they've been using each year," Brown said.

Experts say there are several other low cost renovations Vermonters can do to still save some green. "Replacing electric light bulbs with compact fluorescents are a really easy one. Power strips so you can turn off your phantom loads. Getting an automatic thermostat that turns up in the morning and turns down when everybody is at work," Jones said.

Saving money, and energy before the countdown to winter begins.

Melinda Davenport - WCAX News

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