Less than a week ago, our weather here in Rutland County fluctuated from minus 12 to 57 degrees — Mother Nature teasing us with spring-like temperatures and reminding us that winter is not done quite yet. That reminder prompts this one about the Vermont Energy Challenge.
Green Mountain Power’s Energy Innovation Center and Neighborworks of Western Vermont recently co-hosted a public meeting at the Rutland Regional Planning Commission office in Rutland to kickoff local efforts in the 2013 Vermont Home Energy Challenge. This challenge is asking all Vermonters to participate in a town-versus-town, county-versus-county, statewide effort to compete with each other to reach, or exceed, a target of weatherizing 3 percent of homes within every community.
Why a challenge now? The state is falling short of its residential thermal efficiency goals, and numerous groups and organizations are pulling together to spread the word on the economic value and comfort that can be achieved through weatherization. The Vermont State Energy Plan calls for 80,000 homes to be weatherized by 2020, with 3 percent of homes weatherized annually. Currently we are reaching less than 1 percent as a state.
There will also be prizes and bragging rights awarded to the top towns and regions in the challenge. This is the perfect time for all of us to do something about the cold. For my part, my family has had an energy audit performed, and we’re going to review the audit recommendations and implement its suggestions.
You can do something about the cold, too — take part in the Vermont Energy Challenge. It’s easy and you can participate in a number of ways: Get a low-cost home energy audit, host a home energy party, or fill out a “Take the Pledge” card. If you are interested and located in Rutland County, visit Neighborworks at www.nwwvt.org. Efficiency Vermont and the Vermont Energy and Climate Action Network are sponsors of the Vermont Home Energy Challenge, and also have some great information available at their websites, www.efficiencyvermont.com and www.vecan.net.
By participating, you’ll help reduce your home heating and energy costs, make your home more comfortable, and help ensure Rutland City and all the towns of Rutland County fare well in the ongoing Vermont Energy Challenge.
Green Mountain Power)
Rutland TownMORE IN Letters
- Most Popular
- Most Emailed
- RICHARD'S POOR ALMANACK: In 1944, U.S. begins B-29 bombing raids on Japanese main islands; in 1950, Great Appalachian Storm begins to form; 1963, Lee Oswald killed by Jack Ruby; 1974, D.B. Cooper hijacks Seattle-bound airliner; 1974, 'Lucy' found.
- RICHARD'S POOR ALMANACK: On this day in 1927, striking Colo. miners attacked with machine guns by state police; 1877, Thomas Edison announces invention of the phonograph, 1959, Alan Freed fired by WABC 770 AM for accepting payola to promote records.
- RICHARD'S POOR ALMANACK: On this day in 1863, President Abraham Lincoln delivers short speech in Gettysburg, Pa.; in 1984, a Pemex LNG facility destroyed by series of gas explosions, 600 people are killed; in 1998, Senate builds fire under Bill Clinton.
- RICHARD'S POOR ALMANACK: On this day in 1831 – Independent South American super-state, Gran Colombia, dissolved; 1856 - Fort Buchanan built to control Apache warriors; 1970 - William Calley Jr. goes on trial after 1968 massacre at My Lai, Vietnam.
- RICHARD'S POOR ALMANACK: Wisconsin Sen. Joe McCarthy takes advantage of Cold War jitters and builds a tidy little fiefdom for himself on Capitol Hill. It's all good, but pride goes before you know darn well what. The junior senator is damaged going down.
- RICHARD'S POOR ALMANACK: On this day in 1927, Leon Trotsky is expelled from the Soviet Communist Party, leaving Joseph Stalin in control of the Soviet Union; in 1970, Oregon DOT tries to dynamite a dead whale off a beach with a rather shocking result.