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Homeowners Â get solar Â panel Â options Manufacturers Â offer Â various Â ways Â to Â pay By Â XIAN Â CHIANG-ÂWAREN Â and Â Pahl Â said. Â â€œThere Â canâ€™t Â be Â trees Â or Â JOHN Â S. Â McCRIGHT other Â buildings Â that Â would Â shade Â the Â ADDISON Â COUNTY Â â€” Â Spring Â is Â panels.â€? in Â the Â air, Â the Â days Â are Â getting Â lon-Â The Â second Â question Â is Â how Â best Â ger Â and Â for Â some Â homes Â and Â busi-Â WR ÂżQDQFH WKH WUDQVLWLRQ &KRRVLQJ QHVVHV WKH LQFUHDVHG VXQ H[SRVXUH a Â plan Â and Â a Â company Â to Â help Â with Â may Â mean Â more Â than Â starting Â gar-Â the Â move Â to Â solar Â power Â can Â be Â con-Â dens, Â wearing Â shorts Â and Â slathering Â fusing. Â All Â common-Âsense Â home Â on Â SPF-Â65. Â improvement Â practices, Â like Â investi-Â A Â growing Â number Â of Â homeowners Â gating Â several Â options Â and Â carefully Â around Â Addison Â County Â are Â consid-Â UHYLHZLQJFRQWUDFWVVKRXOGEHH[HU-Â ering Â putting Â photovoltaic Â solar Â pan-Â cised Â with Â solar. Â els Â on Â their Â rooftops Â or Â in Â their Â yards, Â ([SHUWV DJUHH WKDW WKH VRODU PDU-Â which Â until Â recently Â constituted Â a Â ket Â has Â done Â a Â complete Â 180-Âdegree Â substantial Â up-Âfront Â invest-Â turn Â in Â the Â past Â few Â years. Â ment Â â€” Â from Â $10,000 Â to Â Whereas Â a Â few Â years Â ago, Â $100,000, Â depending Â on Â Â´7KHĂ€UVW Savage Â estimated, Â roughly Â the Â size Â of Â the Â home Â and Â TXHVWLRQ 80 Â percent Â of Â homeown-Â the Â location. Â nationwide Â moving Â to Â LVZKHWKHU ers Â â€œJust Â a Â few Â years Â ago, Â VRODU ZHUH ÂżQDQFLQJ WKHLU across Â the Â country Â and Â in Â WKHKRXVH installation Â up Â front, Â now Â Vermont, Â the Â vast Â majority Â LVZHOO that Â percentage Â of Â home-Â of Â homeowners Â who Â tran-Â owners Â are Â leasing Â panels Â RULHQWHG VLWLRQHGWRVRODUÂżQDQFHGLW instead Â of Â buying Â outright, Â themselves,â€? Â said Â Andrew Â IRUVRODU he Â said. Savage, Â a Â spokesman Â for Â 7KHUH Luckily Â for Â Addison Â AllEarth Â Renewables, Â a Â County Â residents, Â sev-Â manufacturer Â of Â solar Â col-Â FDQÂˇWEH HUDO ÂżQDQFLQJ RSWLRQV DUH lectors Â based Â in Â Williston. Â WUHHVRU available Â from Â local Â com-Â But Â AllEarth Â and Â other Â RWKHU panies. companies Â like Â the Â Acorn Â The Â Acorn Â Energy Â Co-Â Renewable Â Energy Â Co-Âop Â EXLOGLQJV op Â boasts Â of Â a Â new Â owner-Â and Â SunCommon, Â among Â WKDWZRXOG ÂżQDQFLQJ SURJUDP IRU LWV others, Â have Â recently Â VKDGHWKH members, Â in Â partnership Â ODXQFKHG ÂżQDQFLQJ LQLWLD-Â with Â the Â National Â Bank Â tives Â designed Â to Â ease Â the Â SDQHOVÂľ of Â Middlebury, Â which Â Âł*UHJ3DKO will Â provide Â home-Âequity Â burden Â on Â homeowners Â in-Â terested Â in Â transitioning Â to Â loans Â designed Â to Â be Â paid Â solar Â electricity. Â The Â goal Â is Â to Â make Â off Â within Â 15 Â years. Â The Â photovoltaic Â the Â cost Â manageable Â and Â non-Âpro-Â (PV) Â panels Â are Â installed Â by Â Bran-Â hibitive, Â since Â the Â demand Â for Â solar Â don-Âbased Â Green Â Earth Â Energy. Â energy Â is Â high Â at Â the Â moment. Â â€œThe Â electricity Â generated Â by Â the Â With Â rising Â electricity Â costs, Â many Â QHZ VRODU 39 V\VWHP LQ H[FHVV RI believe Â that Â solar Â energy Â is Â a Â smart Â your Â homeâ€™s Â needs Â will Â be Â fed Â into Â long-Âterm Â investment, Â and Â many Â the Â electric Â grid, Â causing Â the Â elec-Â who Â were Â concerned Â about Â the Â envi-Â tric Â meter Â to Â spin Â backwards Â and Â ronmental Â impacts Â of Â burning Â fossil Â generating Â a Â credit Â on Â the Â electric Â fuels Â have Â been Â eager Â to Â transition Â to Â bill Â equal Â to Â the Â regular Â energy Â bill-Â affordable Â clean Â energy. ing Â rate Â plus Â a Â premium Â of Â 6 Â cents Â To Â make Â the Â transition, Â some Â ba-Â SHUNLORZDWWKRXUÂ´WKHFRPSDQ\H[-Â VLFV DUH UHTXLUHG H[SODLQHG *UHJ plained Â in Â a Â press Â release. Â â€œAt Â night, Â 3DKO DQ $FRUQ (QHUJ\ RIÂżFLDO LQ when Â the Â sun Â isnâ€™t Â shining, Â the Â home Â Middlebury Â and Â author Â of Â several Â will Â draw Â electricity Â back Â from Â the Â books Â on Â energy Â including Â 2012â€™s Â grid Â reducing Â the Â credit Â generated Â by Â â€œPower Â From Â the Â People: Â How Â to Â the Â PV Â system. Â The Â idea Â is Â to Â gener-Â Organize, Â Finance, Â and Â Launch Â Lo-Â ate Â as Â much Â electricity Â as Â the Â home Â cal Â Energy Â Projects.â€? Â uses Â over Â a Â yearâ€™s Â time Â to Â reduce Â the Â Âł7KHÂżUVWTXHVWLRQLVZKHWKHUWKH amount Â paid Â to Â the Â utility Â for Â elec-Â house Â is Â well Â oriented Â for Â solar,â€? Â tricity Â as Â close Â to Â zero Â as Â possible.â€?
Housing agency NeighborWorks recognized as a green business WEST Â RUTLAND Â â€” Â Neighbor-Â Works Â of Â Western Â Vermont Â in Â West Â Rutland, Â a Â NeighborWorks Â America Â member Â organization, Â is Â one Â of Â 16 Â organizations Â to Â receive Â the Â Neigh-Â borWorks Â Green Â Organization Â desig-Â nation Â for Â a Â comprehensive Â commit-Â ment Â to Â sustainable Â operations Â from Â NeighborWorks Â America. Â The Â des-Â ignation Â is Â based Â on Â adherence Â to Â a Â set Â of Â green Â business Â practices Â across Â the Â organizationâ€™s Â operations Â and Â all Â This is the of Â their Â program Â Ă€UVWWLPH areas. Â N e i g h b o r -Â 1HLJKERUWorks Â America Â :RUNVKDV CEO Â Eileen Â UHFRJQL]HG Fitzgerald Â pre-Â RUJDQL]Dsented Â Neighbor-Â Works Â of Â Western Â WLRQVIRU Vermont Â (NW-Â WKHLUHIIRUWV WVT), Â which Â WRFUHDWH serves Â Addison, Â KHDOWKLHU Rutland Â and Â Ben-Â HQHUJ\HIĂ€nington Â counties, Â FLHQWHQYLwith Â the Â award Â this Â winter Â in Â URQPHQWV Washington, Â D.C. Â IRUKRPH7KLVLVWKHÂżUVW RZQHUV time Â Neighbor-Â UHQWHUV Works Â has Â rec-Â FRPPXQLW\ ognized Â organi-Â zations Â for Â their Â UHVLGHQWV efforts Â to Â create Â DQGHPhealthier, Â energy-Â SOR\HHV HIÂżFLHQW HQYL-Â ronments Â for Â homeowners, Â renters, Â community Â residents, Â and Â employ-Â ees. NWWVTâ€™s Â mission Â is Â to Â promote Â VDIH HIÂżFLHQW DIIRUGDEOH KRXVLQJ and Â is Â committed Â to Â green Â practices. Â They Â have Â designed Â programs, Â such Â as Â the Â NeighborWorks Â H.E.A.T. Â Squad, Â to Â help Â homeowners Â make Â WKHLU KRPHV PRUH HQHUJ\ HIÂżFLHQW which Â saves Â the Â over Â 500 Â home-Â owners Â in Â the Â program Â an Â average Â of Â 375 Â gallons Â of Â heating Â fuel Â every Â year. Â In Â addition Â to Â green Â programs, Â NWWVT Â also Â has Â solar Â hot Â water Â JON Â SATZ, Â SEEN Â here Â with Â his Â dog Â Willa, Â had Â a Â solar Â array Â installed Â on Â his Â Woods Â Market Â Garden Â property Â in Â Brandon Â late Â last Â year. Â Satz Â will Â see Â a Â small Â break Â on Â his Â electricity Â bill Â for Â the Â next Â six Â years, Â at Â which Â point Â panels Â on Â its Â building Â roof Â to Â pro-Â YLGHKRWZDWHUIRUWKHRIÂżFHDQGVL[ he Â has Â an Â option Â to Â buy Â the Â system Â and Â see Â much Â bigger Â savings. Independent Â photo/Trent Â Campbell DSDUWPHQWVDQGSURPRWHVLQWHURIÂżFH composting Â and Â recycling, Â walking Â AllEarth Â Renewables Â is Â taking Â a Â owners Â have Â no Â upfront Â costs Â and Â tricity Â bill. or Â biking Â to Â meetings Â when Â possible, Â different Â tack. Â Savage Â said Â his Â com-Â monthly Â payments Â targeted Â to Â be Â The Â company Â says Â its Â residential Â (See Â NeighborWorks, Â Page Â 5C) pany Â offers Â a Â plan Â in Â which Â home-Â around Â the Â price Â of Â the Â current Â elec-Â (See Â Solar, Â Page Â 5C)
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Escaping Â Some Â household Â products Â heat Â is Â a Â emit Â chemicals Â into Â the Â air waste Â of Â energy Audits Â are Â good Â for Â homeowners I Â love Â my Â home Â and Â wanted Â it Â to Â perform Â better. Â So Â I Â sched-Â uled Â a Â professional Â energy Â au-Â GLW IURP D %3, FHUWLÂżHG +RPH 3HUIRUPDQFH ZLWK (QHUJ\ 6WDU c o n t r a c t o r Â (also Â known Â Energy as Â an Â energy Â auditors auditor). Â You Â know their FDQÂżQGWKHP listed Â by Â zip Â building code Â at Â the Â science. E f f i c i e n c y Â These proV e r m o n t Â fessionwebsite. Â Ef-Â als use ÂżFLHQF\ 9HU-Â mont Â and Â oth-Â diagnostic ers Â launched Â equipment a Â Vermont Â valued at +RPH (QHU-Â thousands gy Â Challenge Â of dollars this Â year Â to Â to precisem o t i v a t e Â more Â of Â us Â to Â ly measure take Â this Â step. Â your home I Â urge Â you Â to Â for heat take Â it. Â I Â had Â loss. no Â regrets. Energy Â auditors Â know Â their Â building Â science. Â These Â profes-Â sionals Â use Â diagnostic Â equip-Â ment Â valued Â at Â thousands Â of Â dol-Â lars Â to Â precisely Â measure Â your Â home Â for Â heat Â loss. Â It Â starts Â with Â a Â blower Â door Â test Â called Â a Â â€œtest Â inâ€? Â that Â measures Â the Â rate Â at Â which Â air Â leaks Â from Â your Â home Â EDVHG RQ %78VVTXDUH IRRW They Â use Â an Â infrared Â camera Â to Â see Â missing Â insulation, Â but Â can Â assess Â much Â of Â this Â through Â a Â careful Â visual Â inspection Â and Â by Â taking Â measurements. Â They Â use Â combustion Â analysis Â equipment Â to Â test Â your Â heating Â appliances Â IRUHIÂżFLHQF\DQGPRUHLPSRU-Â tantly, Â for Â health Â and Â safety Â as Â well Â as Â your Â ventilation Â equip-Â ment Â for Â adequacy. Â 7RVWD\FHUWLÂżHGHQHUJ\DXGL-Â (See Â Audit, Â Page Â 5C)
By Â CHRISTY Â LYNN Volatile Â Organic Â Compounds, Â or Â VOCs, Â are Â a Â large Â group Â of Â carbon-Â based Â chemicals Â that Â evaporate Â eas-Â ily Â at Â room Â temperature. Â Commonly Â found Â in Â many Â household Â products Â including Â carpets, Â cleaning Â products Â and Â adhesives, Â they Â emit Â potentially Â harmful Â levels Â of Â chemicals Â into Â the Â air Â for Â many Â months Â after Â applica-Â tion. According Â to Â the Â Natural Â Re-Â sources Â Defense Â Council, Â research Â has Â shown Â that Â high Â or Â prolonged Â exposure Â to Â VOCs Â can Â yield Â adverse Â effects, Â including Â eye Â and Â throat Â ir-Â ritation, Â headaches, Â asthma, Â liver Â damage, Â complications Â to Â the Â central Â nervous Â system Â and Â cancer. Â VOCs Â are Â also Â a Â principal Â con-Â tributor Â to Â ground-Âlevel Â ozone, Â a Â ma-Â jor Â factor Â of Â urban Â smog. Â As Â if Â that Â werenâ€™t Â close Â enough, Â when Â VOCs Â ÂżQGWKHLUZD\LQWRODQGÂżOOVRUDUHLP-Â properly Â disposed Â of, Â they Â can Â leach Â into Â the Â water Â supply. Â 7KHÂżUVWVWHSWRUHGXFLQJ\RXUH[-Â posure Â to Â VOCs Â is Â identifying Â the Â sources Â of Â these Â toxins Â within Â your Â living Â environment. Â Some Â com-Â mon Â sources Â are Â building Â materials Â and Â home Â and Â personal Â care Â prod-Â ucts;Íž Â they Â also Â come Â into Â the Â home Â from Â common Â hobbies Â or Â behaviors. Â Formaldehyde, Â which Â is Â responsible Â for Â high Â VOC Â levels Â in Â some Â homes, Â is Â a Â common Â component Â in Â carpets, Â particle Â board Â and Â many Â cleaning Â products Â and Â preserving Â agents. Â 2QFH \RX KDYH LGHQWLÂżHG WKH likely Â sources Â of Â
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Audit (Continued Â from Â Page Â 3C) tors Â must Â do Â what Â other Â professionals Â do Â and Â be Â monitored, Â take Â ongoing Â coursework Â and Â retest Â every Â three Â years. Â This Â is Â what Â you Â are Â paying Â for Â when Â you Â get Â an Â energy Â audit. Â Energy Â audits Â cost Â between Â $300 Â to Â $600 Â depending Â on Â the Â size Â and Â complex-Â ity Â of Â your Â home Â or Â small Â commer-Â cial Â building Â and Â are Â well Â worth Â it. Â I Â recovered Â every Â penny Â of Â it Â in Â fuel Â VDYLQJV LQ P\ ÂżUVW \HDU DIWHU VWDUW-Â ing Â weatherization Â measures Â recom-Â mended Â in Â my Â energy Â audit Â report, Â which Â I Â spread Â out Â over Â a Â few Â years. Â Itâ€™s Â better Â to Â do Â it Â all Â at Â once Â if Â you Â can. Â I Â was Â burning Â as Â much Â as Â 800 Â gallons Â in Â my Â 1,700 Â square Â foot Â home Â before Â 2007 Â and Â was Â down Â to Â 375 Â gal-Â lons Â last Â heating Â season. Â Some Â of Â this Â was Â through Â conservation Â steps Â any Â of Â us Â can Â take Â like Â setting Â back Â my Â thermostat Â at Â night Â and Â doing Â a Â better Â job Â with Â sealing Â and Â covering Â my Â old Â windows. Â I Â learned Â the Â bigger Â bang Â for Â my Â buck Â was Â air Â sealing Â and Â insu-Â ODWLQJP\EDVHPHQWÂżUVWDQGDWWLFQH[W rather Â than Â replacing Â my Â windows. Â I Â also Â learned Â that Â heating Â water Â was Â a Â major Â energy Â hog Â and Â added Â a Â solar Â hot Â water Â heater Â three Â years Â ago.
Energy Â auditors Â will Â often Â use Â the Â blower Â door Â equipment Â while Â air Â sealing Â is Â being Â done Â to Â be Â sure Â leaks Â are Â plugged Â adequately. Â They Â canâ€™t Â always Â get Â all Â leaks Â due Â to Â ac-Â cess Â or Â expense Â constraints, Â but Â they Â typically Â reduce Â your Â heat Â loss Â by Â at Â least Â 10 Â percent Â and, Â in Â many Â older Â homes, Â by Â much Â more. Â On Â average Â about Â 380 Â gallons Â of Â fuel Â oil Â are Â saved Â annually Â by Â Vermonters Â after Â ZHDWKHUL]DWLRQ$ ÂżQDO EORZHU GRRU test Â is Â done Â when Â work Â is Â complete Â to Â measure Â how Â much Â heat Â loss Â re-Â duction Â was Â gained. Â This Â is Â called Â a Â â€œtest Â out.â€? Â You Â need Â a Â â€œtest Â inâ€? Â and Â ÂłWHVWRXWÂ´E\DFHUWLÂżHGHQHUJ\DXGL-Â tor Â to Â qualify Â for Â up Â to Â $2,000 Â in Â state Â UHEDWHV IURP (IÂżFLHQF\ 9HUPRQW On Â average Â it Â costs Â about Â $6,000 Â to Â $8,000 Â for Â weatherization. You Â can Â now Â get Â an Â energy Â audit Â for Â only Â $100 Â through Â Neighbor-Â Works Â of Â Western Â Vermont Â HEAT Â Squad. Â This Â offer Â has Â been Â extended Â by Â NeighborWorks Â from Â Rutland Â County Â to Â all Â homeowners Â in Â Addi-Â son Â County, Â regardless Â of Â income. Â Simply Â call Â 438-Â2302, Â ext. Â 227, Â and Â they Â will Â schedule Â it Â and Â work Â with Â you Â throughout Â the Â whole Â process, Â
which Â is Â outlined Â at Â their Â website. Â They Â assign Â you Â an Â energy Â adviser Â who Â coaches Â and Â advocates Â for Â you Â every Â step Â of Â the Â way Â and Â have Â a Â great Â loan. Â You Â can Â do Â all Â or Â some Â of Â the Â work Â yourself Â to Â save Â on Â these Â costs Â and Â still Â get Â a Â state Â rebate Â pro-Â vided Â you Â get Â an Â energy Â auditor Â to Â do Â a Â test Â in Â before Â you Â start Â work Â and Â a Â test Â out Â after Â you Â complete Â it. Â Give Â your Â home Â an Â energy Â check-Â up Â (audit) Â as Â soon Â as Â you Â can Â this Â year. Â Youâ€™ll Â learn Â how Â your Â home Â performs, Â how Â much Â fuel Â you Â may Â be Â wasting Â to Â heat Â the Â sky, Â and Â what Â you Â can Â do Â to Â improve Â it. Â Contact Â me Â to Â ask Â questions, Â arrange Â for Â a Â free Â home Â energy Â visit Â to Â see Â if Â you Â ZRXOG EHQHÂżW IURP DQ HQHUJ\ DXGLW DQG UHYLHZ \RXU ÂżQDQFLQJ RSWLRQV or Â to Â help Â with Â the Â Vermont Â Home Â Energy Â Challenge. Â Those Â of Â you Â who Â have Â completed Â projects Â could Â help Â by Â telling Â your Â neighbors Â about Â WKH PDQ\ EHQHÂżWV RI HQHUJ\ DXGLWV and Â weatherization Â and Â how Â to Â get Â started Â so Â they Â can Â love Â their Â homes Â even Â more. Laura Â Asermily Middlebury Â Home Â Energy Â Challenge Â Coordinator
Solar QLRU DQDO\VW DW (IÂżFLHQF\ 9HUPRQW (Continued Â from Â Page Â 2C) lease Â is Â â€œunique Â in Â the Â state Â by Â offer-Â many Â homeowners Â are Â most Â con-Â ing Â a Â no-Âcost Â lease Â for Â homeowners Â cerned Â about Â having Â reasonable Â to Â net Â meter Â with Â solar Â at Â or Â below Â month-Âto-Âmonth Â payments Â for Â elec-Â their Â electric Â rates Â and Â be Â given Â the Â tricity Â and Â PV Â systems, Â but Â buying Â opportunity Â to Â fully Â own Â the Â system Â outright Â can Â pay Â off Â in Â the Â long-Âterm. Â DW D VLJQLÂżFDQWO\ UHGXFHG FRVW DIWHU He Â said Â this Â is Â especially Â true Â given Â state Â incentives Â and Â the Â federal Â gov-Â seven Â years.â€? Savage Â added Â that Â AllEarth Â Re-Â ernmentâ€™s Â 30 Â percent Â tax Â credit. Savage Â pointed Â out Â that Â newables Â â€” Â whose Â cus-Â the Â solar Â companies Â get Â tomers Â include Â Middle-Â bury Â College Â and Â Stark Â â€œI wouldnâ€™t the Â tax Â credits Â when Â home-Â owners Â lease Â from Â them. Mountain Â Woodworking Â plan on But Â Lane Â adds Â that Â re-Â in Â New Â Haven Â â€” Â is Â proud Â incentives gardless Â of Â how Â the Â tran-Â to Â use Â only Â Vermont-Âman-Â going up. sition Â occurs, Â now Â may Â ufactured Â products. be Â the Â best Â time Â to Â take Â â€œThatâ€™s Â exciting Â for Â Ver-Â Weâ€™ll be advantage Â of Â state Â and Â fed-Â monters, Â to Â buy Â a Â Vermont Â lucky if eral Â incentives. product Â and Â to Â be Â investing Â they stick â€œI Â wouldnâ€™t Â plan Â on Â in-Â in Â solar,â€? Â he Â said. Â centives Â going Â up,â€? Â Lane Â Waterbury-Âbased Â Sun-Â around.â€? Common Â in Â December Â â€” Damon Lane said. Â â€œWeâ€™ll Â be Â lucky Â if Â they Â stick Â around.â€? launched Â a Â campaign Â â€œMost Â solar Â companies Â can Â guide Â called Â â€œ1,000 Â Panels Â in Â 100 Â Daysâ€? Â with Â the Â aim Â of Â increasing Â the Â num-Â homeowners Â through Â incentives,â€? Â ber Â of Â solar Â electricity Â panels Â in Â Ad-Â added Â Pahl. Â â€œ(At Â Acorn) Â we Â try Â to Â dison Â County Â by Â 50 Â percent Â within Â make Â it Â as Â easy Â as Â possible Â for Â the Â three Â months. Â Addison Â County Â met Â homeowner Â to Â move Â forward Â with Â the Â project.â€? Â that Â challenge Â in Â only Â two Â months. Jon Â Satz, Â who Â owns Â Woods Â Mar-Â The Â company Â offered Â a Â 20-Âyear Â lease Â of Â PV Â panels, Â which Â lowered Â ket Â Garden Â in Â Brandon, Â has Â found Â the Â cost Â of Â the Â point Â of Â entry Â for Â cus-Â his Â transition Â to Â solar Â pretty Â straight-Â forward. Â He Â signed Â a Â deal Â with Â Al-Â tomers. Dan Â Conant, Â a Â solar Â organizer Â lEarth Â Renewables Â â€” Â in Â partnership Â with Â SunCommon, Â explained, Â â€œAt Â with Â Green Â Lantern Â Capital, Â Nation-Â SunCommon, Â weâ€™re Â committed Â to Â al Â Life Â and Â Â Green Â Mountain Â Power Â helping Â Vermonters Â make Â the Â switch Â â€” Â to Â bring Â solar Â power Â to Â the Â Route Â to Â solar Â power Â without Â upfront Â cost Â 7 Â market Â where Â Satz Â also Â lives Â on Â and Â for Â no Â more Â than Â a Â homeowner Â is Â site Â with Â his Â wife Â and Â son. AllEarth Â installed Â several Â solar Â currently Â spending Â monthly Â on Â util-Â panels Â mounted Â on Â trackers Â that Â fol-Â ity Â power.â€? According Â to Â Damon Â Lane, Â a Â se-Â low Â the Â sun Â across Â the Â sky Â during Â the Â
day Â to Â maximize Â production Â of Â elec-Â tricity Â at Â the Â end Â of Â December. Â â€œThey Â paid Â for Â the Â install,â€? Â Satz Â said. Â â€œWe Â didnâ€™t Â put Â in Â a Â dime.â€? The Â panels Â have Â an Â output Â of Â 56 Â kW, Â with Â an Â estimated Â annual Â output Â of Â 78,000 Â kWh. Satz Â gets Â a Â little Â discount Â on Â his Â electricity Â bills Â and Â has Â the Â option Â to Â buy Â the Â solar Â panels Â at Â the Â end Â of Â a Â six-Âyear Â agreement. Â AllEarth Â gets Â a Â revenue Â stream Â from Â the Â tax Â credits Â and Â a Â potential Â sale Â at Â the Â end Â of Â the Â contract. Satz Â is Â sent Â a Â bill Â each Â month Â for Â one-Âtwelfth Â of Â his Â annual Â average Â electricity Â bill. Â The Â bill Â also Â shows Â his Â actual Â usage Â at Â 19.5 Â cents Â per Â kWh, Â and Â a Â credit Â of Â 6 Â cents Â per Â kWh. Â At Â the Â end Â of Â the Â year, Â if Â there Â is Â a Â mismatch Â between Â what Â he Â was Â billed Â and Â what Â he Â owed, Â he Â and Â the Â utility Â settle Â the Â account. Â He Â said Â the Â going Â rate Â for Â electricity Â as Â he Â under-Â stands Â it Â is Â 14 Â cents Â per Â kWh, Â which Â means Â he Â is Â getting Â a Â half-Âcent Â per Â kWh Â break. Â But Â the Â big Â payoff Â will Â come Â once Â he Â owns Â the Â system Â and Â is Â getting Â WKH IXOO EHQHÂżW RI WKH HOHFWULFLW\ LW produces. Â At Â that Â point, Â Satz Â hopes, Â he Â wonâ€™t Â have Â to Â pay Â for Â much Â or Â any Â of Â his Â electricity. Â This Â will Â be Â particularly Â important Â in Â the Â sum-Â mer Â when Â his Â business Â draws Â more Â power Â â€” Â conveniently Â summer Â is Â also Â when Â the Â panels Â produce Â more Â electricity. â€œItâ€™s Â all Â about Â getting Â a Â delayed Â re-Â turn,â€? Â Satz Â said. Â â€œIt Â makes Â sense Â for Â me Â because Â Iâ€™m Â going Â to Â be Â around Â for Â a Â long Â time.â€?
NeighborWorks (Continued Â from Â Page Â 2C) and Â use Â of Â green Â products. Â â€œEvery Â day Â we Â at Â NWWVT Â are Â committed Â to Â being Â green,â€? Â said Â Mary Â Cohen, Â Homeownership Â Cen-Â ter Â Director Â at Â NWWVT. Â â€œNot Â only Â do Â we Â support Â homeowners Â with Â our Â energy Â improvement Â program Â through Â the Â H.E.A.T. Â Squad, Â we Â practice Â being Â green Â in Â our Â work-Â place Â and Â in Â our Â homes. Â We Â are Â ex-Â WUHPHO\SURXGWREHDPRQJWKHÂżUVW Green Â Organization Â Designees Â from Â NeighborWorks Â America.â€? Â The Â NeighborWorks Â Green Â Orga-Â
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Experts Â give Â some Â advice Â on Â appliance Â energy Â usage How Â much Â energy Â can Â you Â save Â by Â dry-Â ing Â your Â clothes Â on Â a Â clothesline Â instead Â of Â using Â an Â electric Â dryer? What Â a Â great Â question. Â Iâ€™d Â estimate Â a Â savings Â of Â about Â $10.20 Â per Â month Â or Â just Â over Â $122 Â per Â year. Hereâ€™s Â the Â math: Â Electric Â clothes Â dryers Â demand Â be-Â tween Â 1,800 Â and Â 5,000 Â watts. Â If Â we Â calculate Â based Â on Â a Â 3,400-Âwatt Â dryer Â and Â a Â drying Â time Â of Â 45 Â minutes Â per Â load, Â then Â one Â dryer Â load Â uses Â 2.55 Â kilowatt Â hours. Â Mul-Â tiply Â that Â by Â 322 Â (the Â aver-Â age Â number Â of Â loads Â per Â year Â in Â an Â American Â home), Â divide Â by Â 12 Â months, Â and Â youâ€™re Â looking Â about Â 68 Â kilowatt Â hours Â of Â use Â per Â month. Â Last Â thing: Â Multiply Â those Â monthly Â kilowatt Â hours Â by Â the Â current Â average Â Vermont Â electric Â rate Â of Â 15 Â cents Â per Â kilowatt Â hour Â and Â you Â get Â that Â monthly Â estimate Â of Â about Â $10.20 Â to Â dry Â your Â clothes. Â I Â should Â add Â a Â tip Â about Â air Â drying: Â Just Â be Â sure Â to Â do Â it Â outdoors. Â Air Â drying Â indoors Â adds Â moisture Â to Â a Â house. Â That Â can Â create Â undesir-Â able Â conditions, Â like Â window Â condensation, Â mold, Â wood Â rot, Â and Â compromised Â indoor Â air Â quality. Â Compensating Â for Â that Â with Â a Â dehu-Â PLGLÂżHU ZLOO DGG WR \RXU HOHFWULFLW\ ELOO 6R be Â cautious Â about Â hanging Â clothes Â inside, Â but Â RXWGRRUDLUGU\LQJGHÂżQLWHO\LVDPRQH\VDY-Â er, Â not Â to Â mention Â a Â way Â to Â get Â great Â smelling Â laundry! -Â Â Kathleen Â for Â Ask Â The Â Home Â Team
parents Â could Â set Â up Â an Â advanced Â power Â strip Â to Â cut Â power Â to Â the Â TV, Â game Â consoles, Â and Â recording Â devices Â when Â the Â TV Â is Â turned Â off. It Â sounds Â like Â you Â two Â are Â important Â members Â of Â the Â team Â that Â can Â save Â money Â for Â your Â family. Â -Â Â Bob Â for Â Ask Â The Â Home Â Team
We Â are Â 11 Â years Â old Â and Â 9 Â years Â old. Â Our Â parents Â are Â the Â energy Â police. Â They Â make Â us Â unplug Â the Â TV Â after Â we Â watch Â it. Â They Â say Â it Â wastes Â energy Â plugged Â in. Â Are Â they Â wrong? Â Lamps Â donâ€™t Â do Â that Â so Â why Â would Â the Â TV? Â They Â will Â believe Â you. Â Thank Â you. Youâ€™re Â right Â about Â lights Â not Â using Â power Â when Â theyâ€™re Â switched Â off. Â Your Â parents, Â though, Â are Â right Â about Â the Â television. Â You Â see, Â many Â TVs Â and Â other Â kinds Â of Â electron-Â ics Â donâ€™t Â really Â turn Â off Â when Â you Â press Â â€œoff.â€? Â They Â go Â into Â standby Â mode, Â and Â they Â continue Â to Â use Â electricity. Â Lots Â of Â people Â donâ€™t Â know Â that Â they Â could Â be Â paying Â $100 Â or Â more, Â over Â the Â course Â of Â a Â year, Â to Â keep Â all Â their Â electron-Â ics Â in Â standby Â mode. Unplugging Â the Â TV Â solves Â the Â problem, Â but Â PDQ\ SHRSOH ÂżQG WKDW LWÂśV HDVLHU WR SOXJ WKH TV Â into Â a Â power Â strip, Â which Â they Â switch Â on Â and Â off. Â If Â your Â parents Â are Â interested Â in Â look-Â LQJLQWRWKDWWKH\FDQÂżQGRQHDWWKHKDUGZDUH store. Â In Â fact, Â there Â is Â an Â advanced Â power Â strip Â that Â senses Â when Â the Â TV Â is Â turned Â off Â and Â then Â shuts Â off Â power Â to Â the Â TV Â and Â to Â other Â ma-Â chines Â at Â the Â same Â time. Â For Â example, Â your Â
Iâ€™m Â going Â to Â be Â add-Â ing Â some Â insulation Â to Â my Â home, Â and Â I Â hear Â you Â have Â programs Â to Â help Â pay Â for Â projects Â like Â that. Â Do Â I Â have Â to Â use Â a Â certain Â kind Â of Â insulation? Iâ€™m Â glad Â that Â you Â contacted Â us Â before Â doing Â the Â work, Â be-Â cause Â our Â rebate Â programs Â require Â an Â initial Â home Â energy Â audit, Â performed Â by Â a Â FHUWLÂżHG+RPH3HUIRUPDQFHZLWK(QHUJ\6WDU contractor. The Â contractor Â will Â perform Â a Â series Â of Â di-Â agnostic Â tests Â and Â identify Â areas Â for Â improve-Â ment Â in Â your Â house Â and Â can Â even Â project Â esti-Â mated Â savings. Â Together, Â the Â two Â of Â you Â can Â decide Â which Â projects Â make Â the Â most Â sense Â to Â tackle, Â based Â on Â your Â personal Â budget Â and Â comfort Â goals. Â Often Â times, Â insulation Â and Â air Â sealing Â are Â one Â of Â the Â top Â recommendations. Â Your Â contractor Â will Â have Â ideas Â for Â which Â types Â are Â best Â for Â your Â home. From Â there, Â most Â people Â have Â the Â contrac-Â tor Â do Â the Â work Â for Â them. Â Another Â approach, Â and Â it Â sounds Â like Â this Â might Â be Â what Â youâ€™re Â interested Â in, Â is Â to Â do Â the Â work Â yourself Â under Â WKHJXLGDQFHRIWKHFHUWLÂżHGFRQWUDFWRU(LWKHU DSSURDFKLVHOLJLEOHIRUUHEDWHVIURP(IÂżFLHQ-Â cy Â Vermont Â â€” Â up Â to Â $2,000 Â â€” Â and Â both Â will Â save Â energy Â and Â make Â you Â more Â comfortable Â in Â your Â home. Â The Â right Â choice Â for Â you Â just Â depends Â on Â your Â skill Â level Â and Â the Â amount Â of Â time Â you Â have. 9LVLW RXU ZHEVLWH DW ZZZHIÂżFLHQF\YHU-Â mont.com Â to Â get Â started. -Â Â Li Â Ling Â for Â Ask Â The Â Home Â Team Iâ€™m Â afraid Â our Â furnace Â wonâ€™t Â make Â it Â through Â another Â year. Â There Â are Â a Â lot Â of Â options Â on Â the Â market. Â What Â do Â you Â rec-Â ommend? The Â right Â heating Â system Â really Â depends Â on Â the Â house. Â To Â choose Â the Â one Â best Â for Â your Â KRPH FRQWDFW D +RPH 3HUIRUPDQFH ZLWK (QHUJ\6WDU FRQWUDFWRU 7KHVH SURV FDQ GR a Â whole-Âhouse Â evaluation, Â and Â will Â let Â you Â know Â what Â type Â of Â furnace Â would Â be Â best. Â Theyâ€™re Â not Â actually Â selling Â you Â a Â furnace, Â so Â you Â can Â depend Â on Â their Â unbiased Â advice. Â They Â will Â also Â determine Â steps Â you Â can Â take Â to Â lower Â your Â heating Â costs Â overall. That Â said, Â we Â do Â have Â a Â section Â of Â our Â web-Â site Â dedicated Â to Â home Â heating Â and Â the Â vari-Â
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