Upper Valley Green Real Estate Network

Empowering buyers and sellers throughout the Upper Valley to understand home energy costs and invest in energy efficiency.

Green BUYER Guide

Tools & tips for low energy bills and year-round comfort in your new home. Learn more >

Green SELLER Guide

Tools & tips for selling your energy efficient home. Learn more >

Network

Trainings, support, and networking for Upper Valley real estate professionals. Learn more >

Four Reasons Buyers Care about Energy

1. The Upper Valley is home to some of the oldest housing stock in the nation

2. Energy is often the second highest cost of home ownership (behind mortgage/taxes/insurance)

3. $6,000-$8,000 of air sealing and insulation can reduce energy costs by 20-25% and improve home comfort

4. Rebates and financing programs exist to help residents pay for energy improvements

Why Time of Sale?

Homeowners who plan ahead for energy improvements within the first year of home-ownership maximize their return on investment in terms of both cash savings and home comfort.

Buyers can use the home-buying process to gather information they will need to pursue energy efficiency improvements, including fuel use record from the seller to help the buyer qualify for rebate programs.

If buyers are already planning other home improvement projects, coordinating with a trained energy professional can ensure obvious and cost-effective opportunities for simultaneous energy efficiency improvements are not overlooked.

Thanks to our Partners

Solarize FAQ

Answers to common questions about Solarize and going solar.

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Solar Library

Links to our favorite resources on solar technology, rebate programs, and more.

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Energy Efficiency

Reduce your monthly electric and heating bills

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Round One Report

More about Solarize Upper Valley and lessons learned in Round One.

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The Upper Valley Green Real Estate Network is a program of Vital Communities. From our first exploratory meeting in early 2016 to the long-awaited launch of a formal network in 2018, we wouldn’t be where we are without the passion and support of our many Green Real Estate partners.

Thank You!

Core Advisory Team

  • Bob Walker
  • Buff McLaughry, Four Seasons Sotheby’s International Realty (FSSIR)
  • Dick Dumez, FSSIR
  • Celina Barton, Big Green RealEstate
  • Lynne LaBombard, Housing Solutions

Early Collaborators and Advisors

  • Laurie Fielder
  • Rob Messenger

How
Solarize
Works

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  1. Schedule a free site visit.
  2. Get your Solarize price quote.
  3. Sign a contract with your installer.
  4. Install your new solar system.
  5. Tell your neighbors and save on solar together.

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Staff

Paige Heverly

Energy and Transportation Project Coordinator

Transportation, Energy

 802.291.9100 x 114

Transportation, Energy

— Paige Heverly, Energy and Transportation Project Coordinator

Paige Heverly joined Vital Communities in 2017 as the Energy and Transportation Project Coordinator. Hailing from the suburbs of Philadelphia, she moved to Vermont in 2011 and earned a joint BA in Renewable Energy and Ecological Design and Environmental Studies from Green Mountain College. After completing her Master of Energy Regulation and Law from Vermont Law School, Paige worked in energy efficiency consulting in Portland, Oregon. Her love of local food systems, the White River, and the Green Mountains brought her back to the Upper Valley to work on regional issues with localized solutions. Paige is passionate about closing ecological loops and treating waste as food. In her free time, she enjoys baking homemade English muffins, weeding her garden, and writing letters to her pen pals.



Sarah Brock

Energy Program Manager

Energy

 802.291.9100 x 109

Energy

— Sarah Brock, Energy Program Manager

Sarah Brock joined Vital Communities in 2013 as our Energy Program Manager. Through her work Sarah provides support for our region’s 40+ local energy committees, engaging with dozens of volunteers and clean energy businesses in programs like Solarize Upper Valley, Weatherize Upper Valley, and the Upper Valley Green Real Estate Network. Prior to joining the Vital Communities team, Sarah was an Environmental Philanthropy Associate with the High Meadows Fund, a supporting organization of the Vermont Community Foundation. Sarah now lives in Warner, New Hampshire, with her husband Zach and her chickens. When she's not busy advocating for energy efficiency, Sarah enjoys playing the trombone and taking walks in her backwoods to look for signs of New Hampshire's abundant wildlife.