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Shrewsbury Conservation Commission receives $10,000

The NeighborWorks H.E.A.T. Squad presented a $10,000 award to the Shrewsbury Conservation Commission at a celebration Thursday, Nov. 15 at Peirce's Store in Shrewsbury.

The celebration honored Shrewsbury as the winner of one of two grand prizes in NeighborWorks of Western Vermont's "Rutland County Home Energy Competition." 22 homeowners in Shrewsbury completed energy improvements before the competition ended. Combined, these Shrewsbury residents are saving:
·         37% of their heating and electric costs on average every year.
·         28 cords of wood every year
·         7,957 gallons of heating fuel every year
·         1256.3 mmbtu's annually
·         13,599 KWH annually
·         $23,850 will be saved by these homeowners every year

Shrewsbury won the category of "highest average energy savings." Mount Holly was the other grand prize winner, securing the category of "most home energy improvements completed per capita." Middletown Springs, a strong competitor, was one home shy of Mount Holly. It received $5,000. All prize money is to be used for an energy-related project to be determined by each town's conservation commission or energy committee.

The Shrewsbury Conservation Commission saw the NeighborWorks H.E.A.T. Squad as an opportunity for Shrewsbury residents to benefit from residential energy savings- and dollar savings- shortly after the NeighborWorks H.E.A.T. Squad program was formed in late 2010. Commission members spent an evening calling all residents in the Shrewsbury town phonebook to sign them up for a home energy check-up and followed up with the friends and neighbors to explain and encourage them through the process.
All home energy improvement projects completed by May 31, 2012 were counted in the competition.

NeighborWorks of Western Vermont designed the competition to help reach its goal of assisting 1,000 homeowners in Rutland County make substantial home energy improvements. The improvements benefit homeowners by saving them money, increasing their comfort, and increasing the health and safety of their home.

NeighborWorks H.E.A.T. Squad assists Rutland County residents by scheduling reduced out-of-pocket cost energy check-ups with certified auditors, providing unbiased advice and customer services, and offering affordable financing. Energy improvements often include air sealing and updating insulation to save homeowners an average of 375 gallons of heating fuel each year. For more info call 438-2303 x 223 or visit www.heatsquad.org.