Button Up for the Winter

Snowy house

As we get ready for another Vermont winter we know one thing for sure: the cold is coming. While some people may enjoy being outside in the cold, there’s no reason to be cold in your home. If you’re ready to tackle those home energy efficiency projects, VGreen loans can finance the solutions, and you can feel better about the inevitable change in seasons.

Autumn, Vermont’s ‘button-up season,’ is well underway. There are steps you can take to tighten up your home, improve comfort and save on heating fuel costs. Start with a reputable local home energy contractor, certified to do an energy assessment (or audit) of how well your home performs—meaning how well it keeps heat inside during the winter and outside during the summer. This assessment, which typically costs $300-$600, is a valuable tool for homeowners—it serves as your road map for home energy improvements. Based on the results of the assessment, the contractor recommends a customized plan for improving the performance of your home, ranging from air-sealing, insulation and ventilation to heating system upgrades. Incentives are available for homeowners who complete home energy improvements, and the incentives include a $100 rebate to help with the cost of the assessment.

For a list of certified contractors, and more on the available incentives, visit Efficiency Vermont. Federal tax credits are also available for many efficiency measures and renewables like solar.

Here at VSECU, we’re helping Vermonters finance home energy renovations—large and small. Our VGreen loans offer a variety of options, and we’re here to help you determine what’s best for your project and budget. Find out more, and be ready for winter. Bring on the cold!