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September 2019

While back-to-school planning might be in the forefront of your mind,  we don't want you to forget to tackle any home repair or weatherization projects before the cold weather sets in. With multiple ways to support you, such as energy loans, project coordination and energy audits, NeighborWorks of Western Vermont is here to help you be safe, efficient, and healthy in your home this fall.
Jay Bianchi (center) presented the check to some of our staff (from left to right) Lori, Debbie, Ludy, Sarah, Nancy, Melanie, Svea, and Aaron. 

NBT Bank Donation

We are a proud partner with NBT Bank and recently was one of their Community Contribution recipients! This funding will be used towards our Homeownership Programs to help create sustainable homeowners. 

NeighborWorks of Western Vermont is a proud recipient of grant funding from Wells Fargo.

Wells Fargo Supports NWWVT

NeighborWorks of Western Vermont is excited and appreciative to Wells Fargo for their generous grant funding that will help us support our neighbors and continue to offer our homeownership services!

“Across our community, many residents are working hard to make ends meet. Here in Rutland, we want to help support the needs of our neighbors and ensure they have access to safe and affordable housing,” said Briana Curran, vice president, Community Relations & Communications, Wells Fargo, New England. “NeighborWorks of Western Vermont provides critical programs to Addison, Rutland, and Bennington counties, helping to revitalize and strengthen these communities and make a positive lasting impact throughout the state.”

The ZEM Home is still available to tour through September 19th at the Vermont Farmers Food Center in Rutland.

Tour ZEM Home 

An innovative zero energy modular (ZEM) home that generates as much energy as it uses arrived in Rutland in early August. The ZEM model home was built by Vermod, a Vermont company based in Wilder, VT. Featuring 10-inch thick walls, large, quiet windows, and an advanced ventilation system, the ZEM home delivers zero energy costs and a comfortable, affordable, healthy home.

The ZEM home will remain at its Rutland location at the Vermont Farmers Food Center through Sept. 19th and will have regular open houses scheduled for each Wednesday, 1-5 p.m. and each Saturday, 9 a.m.-noon.

Our HEAT Squad team has been crushing it, and their hard work is paying off! Congratulations (pictured left to right) Rick, Melanie, and Sally!

HEAT Squad Awarded 

The Home Performance with ENERGY STAR Century Club Award is given by the U.S. Department of Energy in recognition of contractors and programs that improved the energy efficiency and comfort of more than 100 homes in the past year.

HEAT Squad surpassed this goal in providing over 400 Vermonter’s with a comprehensive low-cost home energy audit, helping almost 150 households to complete an energy efficiency project on their home, and helping homeowners to access NWWVT statewide energy loans.

For more information about how you can take advantage of NeighborWorks of Western Vermont's energy audit and improvement programs, please click on our website link below.

Visit HEAT Squad
What is the best setting for your heat pump?

Tips For Heat Pump Owners

Did you know that by installing a heat pump, you are getting a "two for one" deal? During all of this summer heat, Vermonters with heat pumps stayed cool! "Heat pumps aren't just for heat, they act as an air conditioner in the warmer months," says Melanie Paskevich, Program Director at NWWVT.

Heat pumps are new to a lot of Vermont homeowners.  Now that there are cold-weather heat pumps available, we are seeing more in homes around the area. These heat pumps are very different from your old furnace or boiler, and if you want to minimize your energy use, there are big differences in how to run your heat pump efficiently. The "auto" setting on your heat pump may not be the best setting! Read on to find out more:

Read More About Heat Pumps
Join us for an information meeting about the NeighborWorks of Western Vermont's pilot project in Arlington on Tuesday, September 3rd at 6:30pm at the Arlington Legion Post 69.
NeighborWorks of Western Vermont team is welcomed to New Orleans at the airport! Staff from left to right: Tania, Lori, Melanie, and Svea.

Good Times In NOLA

NeighborWorks of Western Vermont was represented at the National Training Institute (with over 2,400 attendees) in New Orleans in August. The staff took part in various training sessions, seminars, and technical courses. 

Not pictured were NWWVT Executive Director, Ludy Biddle and Board Members: Scott Tucker, Bradley GoodHale, Jennifer Yakunovich, and Keri Franzoni who participated in the Excellence in Governance training held prior to the start of the National Training Institue in New Orleans. 
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