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Even though the weather may start to feel like spring is on the way, this winter with its cold and snow has brought a bumper crop of icicles. If your home has looked anything like the photo, not only are you spending money to stay warm inside, it is also costing you money to heat the outside. When you’re outside, study your roof. You may see areas where there is less snow than in other places or even bare. This can indicate where heat is leaking.

Efficiency Vermont - provides rebates of 50% of a project’s cost up to $5,000.00 for weatherization projects. There are programs for those meeting eligibility guidelines, which are quite generous, to have work done for free. There are also programs for very low interest loans structured so that there are no additional out of pocket costs. The monthly energy cost savings pay for the loan and the rebate will also offset part of the loan expenditures.

Work done this coming year will not only provide a warmer more comfortable home next winter, but will also cost less to do so. These weatherization projects that decrease home operating costs only increase comfort and do not increase the assessed value of the home.

To give you some ideas, check out Clean Energy States Alliance, for a pdf to a new guide for Vermonters on residential heating and cooling.

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