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Its time to Button-Up Your home!

Ready for winter?

Woodstock and surrounding area residents get FREE Home energy visit!

Many older homes in Vermont are not well insulated or air sealed and as a result Vermonters spend a lot of money every winter heating the outdoors instead of their homes. Poorly insulated attics allow for expensive heat to go out the roof creating a pressurized space that sucks cold air in through an uninsulated basement! Often times the fixes to these efficiency problems are simple and can be completed by homeowners, but how will you know what to do? Through the “Button-Up Woodstock” campaign, residents of Woodstock and surrounding towns can request a FREE energy assessment of your home and can also receive up to $2,000 towards your weatherization project from Efficiency Vermont. Participants will also be entered into a raffle to win an additional $500 towards your project.

Here’s how the program works;

1. Sign up for a Free Energy visit by visiting, www.buttonup.org and completing the 5 minute survey BEFORE DECMBER 15th.

2. Frans Van de Ven, a certified Home Performance Contractor with Efficiency Vermont, will conduct an hour-long walk through of your home to visually identify efficiency work that can be done in order to reduce your heating consumption.  There are no strings attached to the walk through. We do request that only folks seriously interested in doing work on their homes request a visit.

 3. Frans will provide a detailed report of his visit shortly after the assessment is complete.

4. The homeowner then chooses what work they would like to have done from the report.

5. Efficiency Vermont will determine how much of the $2,000 incentive the project will receive.

6. Residents must agree to complete work before April 22nd in order to be entered into the raffle to win an additional $500 raffle prize.

Most homeowners will save an average of $375 on yearly heating. In addition to saving money homeowners typically feel more comfortable waking up to a warmer house in the morning, and since you will be reducing how much fuel you consume for heating you will also be reducing your carbon footprint and helping our state achieve the goals of the Comprehensive Energy Plan.

SIGN UP FOR A FREE CONTRACTOR VISIT TODAY!

QUESTIONS? The volunteers of the Sustainable Woodstock Energy Group will happily work with you throughout the entire weatherization process! Contact Zach@sustainablewoodstock.org

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Upcoming Event!

Free Documentary About Trash Islands in the Oceans!

WHAT: Toxic Garbage Island- Free Documentary Screening

WHEN: Nov 27th 2018 6:30PM

WHERE: Woodstock Town Hall Theater

Toxic Garbage Island, an hour-long documentary that shows how the increasing use of the ocean as a garbage dump is slowly destroying ecosystems. Come aboard as the VICE crew takes a cruise to the Northern Gyre in the Pacific Ocean, a spot where currents spin and cycle, churning up tons of plastic into a giant pool of chemical soup, flecked with bits and whole chunks of refuse that cannot break down in nature and that accumulate into massive islands of trash!

Join Sustainable Woodstock and Pentangle for a Free screening of this very powerful documentary! Donations go to support Pentangle.

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