Wood heat an attractive alternative for affordable-housing

MONTPELIER, Vt. (WCAX) Wood energy is now keeping Vermonters warm at an apartment complex in Montpelier, and keeping the bills down for lower-income families.

Thursday, the managers of the River Station Apartments in Montpelier unveiled their new wood pellet boiler system. They say it will bring down the cost of fuel for the building by 40 percent.

"We're thrilled that we're able to provide this, this great renewable energy without affecting the rents to our tenants, and that's our most important priority is to make these apartments work for our tenants for the long term," said Eileen Peliter with Downstreet Housing.

The apartment manager says the pellet system was bought using some savings, plus grants and loans.

The installation raises the number of apartments heated with wood in Vermont up to 500.