Nine towns in Rutland and Bennington counties have signed up to
compete in a statewide "Vermont Home Energy Challenge" designed to
encourage Vermonters to make their homes more energy efficient,
with the goal of saving fuel, saving money, and supporting our
Towns participating in the challenge include: Rutland City, West
Rutland, Killington, Pawlet, Dorset, Mount Holly, Benson,
Manchester, and Peru.
Under the challenge towns will strive to meet a goal of
weatherizing 3% of the homes in their communities by the end of
Efficiency Vermont provides up to $2,000 in incentives to
homeowners who complete energy improvements. NeighborWorks
H.E.A.T. Squad is a path for homeowners to make energy
improvements, offering discounted energy audits, unbiased advice,
project management and flexible financing.
Weatherizing 3% of homes in every Vermont town would represent a
six-fold increase in the number of weatherization jobs currently
taking place and it would put the state on par to meet its climate
change goal of weatherizing 80,000 homes by 2020.
Rutland and Bennington counties make up one of the six regions in
Vermont competing in the challenge. The town per region that
achieves the highest percentage of completed home energy
improvements per capita will win $10,000 toward an energy-efficient
project in their community.
Efficiency Vermont and the Vermont Energy and Climate Action
Network (VECAN) in partnership with town energy committees and
other organizations throughout the state, including NeighborWorks
of Western Vermont and Green Mountain Power have joined together to
help promote this challenge statewide.
Tuesday, Feb. 19 -RUTLAND- From 5-9 p.m. a regional workshop for
Rutland and Bennington residents interested in the challenge, and
who want to help their towns participate will be held at the
CVPS/Leahy Room in Rutland Regional Medical Center.
The workshop will cover a number of turnkey projects that
residents can implement in their communities, including home energy
visits, door-to-door community outreach, home energy workshops, and
free home energy saving kits. Dinner will be provided for workshop
To sign up for the training, please contact Maura Campbell at
NeighborWorks H.E.A.T. Squad at 802-438-2303 x 214.
For more information about the statewide challenge, or to sign up
a town, please visit: