Letter: The Heat Squad does good things


Editor of the Reformer:

This letter is intended to give your readers a heads-up about the good works of the Heat Squad, a non-profit organization that provides low cost energy audits and weatherization counseling in central and southern Vermont. The Heat Squad's goal is to save Vermonters fuel dollars, reduce their dependence on fossil fuels, improve their health with better indoor air quality, and help them live more comfortably in their homes.

Heat Squad's energy audit on my own home last September was an eye-opener and turning point for me. With their wise guidance, and spurred on by a generous weatherization improvement rebate offered by Efficiency Vermont, I went ahead with adding more and better insulation, subsequently reducing the airflow out of my house by 57 percent. This reduced heat loss, combined with my installation of a supplementary heat pump air conditioning unit (which also will cool me in the summer) has already lowered my overall fuel costs and reduced my carbon footprint. Most important, I actually feel comfortable and warm in my northwest-facing, weather-exposed home for the first time since I moved into it. I couldn't have accomplished this without Heat Squad's professional knowledge and guidance.

Check out Heat Squad's Web site (www.heatsquad.org) or call them at 802-438-2303 for more information. They are in the process of applying for a $250,000 appropriation over 5 to 7 years in the 2018 state budget to help continue their services and expand them to all areas of the State. If you have also benefited from their services, or could, please mention your support for the Heat Squad appropriation to your legislator.

Lee Petty,

Townshend, Feb. 14


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