Affordable Heat for Vermonters — How You Can Help

Affordable Heat for Vermonters — How You Can Help

Dear VNRC Members, Activists and Friends,

Boosting heating efficiency for our buildings is an investment with a massive payback. That’s the finding of a new report released Tuesday and something many Vermonters have known for a long time. 

Among other things, the report points out that the cost of home heating oil has climbed steeply in the last decade and that proper weatherization of a house can cut the average Vermont household’s fuel bill by $1,000 a year. That’s real money.

The report also says a steady funding source is necessary to help Vermonters take the plunge, weatherize their houses and begin saving. Now, we need your help to get the word out!

Here’s the background: the Department of Public Service last year created the Thermal Efficiency Task Force and charged it with making program, policy, financing and funding recommendations to help the state meet its goal of weatherizing 80,000 homes by 2020. The task force offered many recommendations on all those essential pieces, including laying out several potential funding options for the Legislature to consider this session. 

You can read the Task Force’s Final Report and two page overview of the report here. 

If enacted, the Task Force’s recommendations will have the effect of:

  • Cutting Vermont’s heat-trapping CO2 emissions by 6.68 million tons (equal to taking over 1.2 million cars off the road for a year)
  • Delivering of a 2 to 1 benefit/cost ratio — that means $2 saved for every $1 spent
  • Saving over $1.4 billion in NEW direct energy savings for Vermonters
  • Creating hundreds of jobs and needed commerce

Learn more about the report and why VNRC thinks this is so essential here. 

Help ensure the Legislature acts on these good recommendations and enacts the essential, consistent funding source needed. Here is what you can do:

  • Share this message widely! Vermonters shouldn’t have to waste energy and money any longer, and a stable, equitable and sufficient funding source to invest in thermal efficiency is critical.
  • Write a Letter to the Editor, talk to your friends and neighbors and work with your energy committee to get active on this issue.
  • Call or meet with your legislators and the Governor to ensure they know you support thermal efficiency, weatherization, fuel switching and renewable energy investments and hope they will too. You can find legislators’ contact information here and you can reach the Governor’s office here.

Make your voice heard! And, to dig into this important issue at the local level, don’t miss the chance to join efforts underway in your community — or start them — by participating in the Vermont Home Energy Challenge! 

VNRC and our partners will be strongly supporting thermal efficiency in the Legislature and will need your help in the coming months. Please stay tuned.

Thanks for all you do, 

The VNRC Team