Charlotte is test-site for energy savings program

CHARLOTTE - Charlotte is partnering with Efficiency Vermont to bring a new energy-saving program to local households. The joint project between Transition Town Charlotte and Charlotte's Energy Committee is designed to help residents save money and energy in their homes.

Local volunteers will be trained to conduct free home energy visits designed to help homeowners learn about energy-saving opportunities.

Volunteers will install free Energy Star compact fluorescent light bulbs and water-saving devices and provide information and special incentives to save more energy. The home energy visit identifies homes that would be good candidates for a professional energy audit and comprehensive energy efficiency home improvements through a certified Vermont weatherization or home performance with Energy Star contractor. Locally, the project is being spearheaded by Transition Town Charlotte and Charlotte's Energy Committee.

"This is a great opportunity for us to help our friends and neighbors learn about energy efficiency while saving energy, money, and in the bigger picture, taking action on climate change " said Suzy Hodgson.

Local organizers hope to have 10 or more trained volunteers to conduct the home energy site visits. The number of homes receiving assessments will depend on how many local residents volunteer for the effort.

A volunteer training session of about 3 hours will take place in January. The date and location of this session will be announced in the near future. Volunteers will be asked to volunteer for a minimum of eight hours. Anyone interested in learning more about being a volunteer is asked to contact Suzy Hodgson, 425 -3758, or Nancy Severance, 425-2111.

Charlotte residents who are interested in having a free home energy visit can call Hodgson 425 -3758 or Severance 425-2111.

All home energy visits must be completed by the end of April.

"Fluctuating fuel prices, the state of our economy, and a greater awareness of our responsibility to reduce greenhouse gas emissions have all heightened Vermonters' interest in reducing energy use in their homes," said Hodgson.

"Many people are unaware of whether or not their homes are wasting energy, what actions they can take to reduce their utility bills, and where to turn for help," said Severance of Transition Town Charlotte.

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