In an effort to highlight the value of investments in energy efficiency, Rep. Peter Welch (D) participated in an energy efficiency audit at a West Rutland home recently.
The audit is the first step in a coordinated improvement package that helps homeowners in Rutland County make their homes more energy efficient, saves money, and puts local contractors to work. The program is being implemented by NeighborWorks of Western Vermont, which was awarded a $4.5 million grant last year. The funding was secured by the Vermont congressional delegation through a national energy efficiency program authored by Sen. Bernie Sanders.
“Investments in energy efficiency like this Rutland program result in win-win-win opportunities: Good jobs are created for out-of-work local contractors and for American companies making energy-saving products. Families save money that can be better spent meeting other pressing needs. And the environment is improved by minimizing energy use.”
The grant awarded to NeighborWorks will allow the organization to serve up to 40 percent of eligible households in Rutland County—7,300 customers altogether—with home visits on ways to lower energy costs.