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Middlebury energy committee to host free seminar on June 30

MIDDLEBURY — Many people want to reduce home energy use but aren’t sure where to start.Zero Energy Now is a new comprehensive home energy savings program, providing efficiency upgrades (including air sealing, insulation and heat pumps), renewable heating sources (such as replacing an oil furnace with a wood/pellet system) and solar power. When combined, these steps can reduce fossil fuel use by 50 percent to 100 percent. One call connects homeowners with a certified energy contractor (CEC) who will coordinate all of the improvements.
Middlebury Energy Committee is hosting a free informational session about this new approach on Thursday, June 30, at 7 p.m. in the new net-zero Middlebury Town Office building. Local Zero Energy Now providers will be on hand to answer questions following a brief presentation.
In today’s market, when rebates and incentives are combined with low-cost financing, it’s not unusual for monthly energy savings to cover the cost of a loan. In addition, for a limited time Zero Energy Now provides up to $5,000 in added bonuses for many Green Mountain Power customers.
“By looking at the whole energy picture, Zero Energy Now assures owners they can move forward with confidence towards a more comfortable and healthy home free from the price volatility and environmental impact of burning fossil fuel,” explains program coordinator Gabrielle Stebbins. “This is the next logical step towards getting Vermont’s homes and businesses to reach their full energy potential.”
“We encourage residents to follow Middlebury’s lead in achieving net-zero buildings as we have done with our new town office,” Middlebury selectboard member Laura Asermily said. “You’ll be able to see the steps we took toward a fossil-fuel free building and the energy dashboard in our lobby, which shows how our off-site solar array offsets our electric.”
Zero Energy Now is a new program from the nonprofit Building Performance Professionals Association of Vermont (BPPA-VT) and is sponsored by Green Mountain Power through a grant from the CEED program.
To find out more about this workshop, contact Laura Asermily at lasermily@yahoo.com or 388-9478, go to ZeroEnergyNowVt.com or visit the Facebook page.

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