SEON presents “All About Weatherization: How to have a Cozy Home”

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Corey Trimmer, Energy Auditor with the HEAT Squad, reviews an audit report with a home owner. Photo provided.

BRATTLEBORO, Vt. – On these cold days, when you feel the drafts in your home, and pay those large heating bills, have you ever thought about what it would take to create a cozy, energy-efficient home? The prospect of weatherizing our homes can be a daunting task. Knowing where to start and how to follow though can feel overwhelming. We’re here to help!

On Wednesday, March 21, the Sustainable Energy Outreach Network (SEON) will sponsor a public forum entitled, “All about Weatherization: How to have a cozy home and save money along the way.” The forum takes place from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. at the Strolling of the Heifers, Robert H. Gibson River Garden, 157 Main St., Brattleboro, Vt. Everyone is welcome. Admission is free and a donation is encouraged.

Experts from the HEAT Squad – Liam Fagan, community outreach coordinator, and Corey Trimmer, certified energy auditor, will walk us through the steps, beginning to end. They’ll explain the importance of an energy audit, how houses work, what tools are used and what we can learn from the audit report. Find out about the wide variety of services that the HEAT Squad offers – from coaching homeowners on how to prioritize work, providing assistance with finding a contractor, approving the quality of the work done to offering loans. The HEAT Squad can also process the paperwork for incentives.

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Image from an infrared camera. The colors show cold spots in the house. Photo provided.

Insulation and air sealing can make your home more comfortable in every season. This is a rare opportunity to have all your questions answered and get the resources you need to take the first step.

Samantha Wilhelm, Brattleboro Branch Manager at Vermont State Credit Union (VSECU) will talk about the various VGreen loan option specifically designed for energy efficient home improvement projects and sustainable energy. For those with limited income, John Hyslop, an energy auditor from Southeast Vermont Community Action (SEVCA) will talk about their free weatherization services and who qualifies for them.

To help SEON plan for this event, we ask you to register by sending an email to admin@seon.info or calling 802-376-9262. For more details, go to www.seon.info/public-forums.

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