VPPSA, Efficiency Vermont partnership builds resilience in Barton
June 10, 2021
VPPSA: Julia Leopold
Phone: (802) 884-4488
Efficiency Vermont: Paul Lambert
Phone: (802) 540-7788
Waterbury Center, Vermont – Vermont Public Power Supply Authority (VPPSA) is partnering with Efficiency Vermont to bring unique program offers that help Barton Village Electric Department customers save money by lowering the cost of investing in energy efficiency.
Saving at home
Barton Village Electric Department customers can reduce their energy use without spending a dime, thanks to virtual Home Energy Visits, special coupons on energy efficiency appliances, and free energy savings kits that include LEDs, water saving devices, and more!
Customers who don’t know where to start can sign up for a free virtual energy consult. These virtual visits allow residents to talk to an Efficiency Vermont energy expert “live” via video chat. They’ll walk through a home and help identify energy-saving opportunities. That could be as simple as updating to more efficient lighting or new appliances. More substantial opportunities could also be identified, like a DIY or contractor-led weatherization project to air seal basements and insulate attics to make homes more comfortable and more affordable to heat and cool. Energy experts can also guide residents to programs, rebates, and skilled tradespeople to turn energy saving opportunities into reality.
If one of those opportunities is updating an appliance, customers can save on an energy efficient clothes washer, dryer, refrigerator or heat pump water heater with a special $200 appliance “coupon” they’ll receive in their electric bills.
Barton Village Electric Department customers will also have access to NeighborWorks of Western Vermont’s HEAT Squad. Through the NEK HEAT Squad, residents can receive a discounted home energy audit, project recommendations, and one-on-one weatherization project coordination (from finding a contractor, to scheduling a project and accessing enhanced rebates). For more information contact heatsquad.org or call 802-438-2303.
Income qualifying customers are also eligible for a substantial rebate incentive for adding efficient electric heating and cooling while insulating their homes. A household of two earning less than $75,800 can receive $2,000 back from VPPSA for completing a Home Performance with ENERGYSTAR project and installing a heat pump. This $2,000 cash-back is in addition to incentives offered by Efficiency Vermont and HEAT Squad.
“Our goal is to make it as easy and affordable as possible for Barton Village Electric Department customers to invest in energy improvements that lower energy bills and improve the health and comfort of their homes,” said Julia Leopold, Communications Specialist at VPPSA. “We’re excited about the special offers available through our partnership with Efficiency Vermont, which will help the community come back from the pandemic stronger and more energy resilient than ever.”
To request a free energy saving kits or sign up for a virtual home energy visit, residents can visit efficiencyvermont.com/barton or call Efficiency Vermont at 1-888-921-5990.
About Vermont Public Power Supply Authority
VPPSA provides municipal electric utility members with a broad spectrum of services and solutions, including regulatory assistance, financial planning, and power supply. VPPSA members include Barton Village, Village of Enosburg Falls, Hardwick Electric Department, Village of Jacksonville Electric Company, Village of Johnson Electric Department, Ludlow Electric Light Department, Lyndonville Electric Department, Morrisville Water & Light Department, Town of Northfield Electric Department, Village of Orleans, and Swanton Village Electric Department. For more information, visit www.vppsa.com
About Efficiency Vermont
As the nation’s first Energy Efficiency Utility, Efficiency Vermont has helped Vermont avoid over 12 million metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions and has received the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s ENERGY STAR Program for sustained excellence award for the last six consecutive years. Efficiency Vermont works with partners to help our state transition to a more affordable, low carbon energy future through education, incentives, and support for our clean energy workforce. For more information, contact Efficiency Vermont at 888-921-5990 or visit www.efficiencyvermont.com.
About NeighborWorks of Western Vermont
NeighborWorks of Western Vermont is a community development nonprofit located in West Rutland and serving Addison, Rutland, and Bennington Counties and beyond for many of our services. We support individuals, neighborhoods, and communities through four lines of business: Homeownership, Lending, HEAT Squad, and HOME Repair and through community building and engagement efforts. For more information visit https://www.nwwvt.org/