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
· 7,957 gallons of
heating fuel every year
· 1256.3 mmbtu's
· 13,599 KWH
· $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.