Energy Savvy Homebuyers’ Guide

Fact #1

Energy will likely be your second highest cost of home ownership, after your mortgage, taxes, and insurance.

Fact #2

For most homes, cost-effective air sealing and insulation upgrades can lower heating bills and improve home comfort year round.

Plan Ahead and Save

Energy efficiency improvements within your first year of home ownership will save you money, protect your home, and make your family more comfortable for years to come.

Before You Buy


Before making an offer, look for energy efficiency clues while touring homes and reviewing property disclosures.  Learn more >


When making an offer, request the heating fuel records you may need to qualify for energy efficiency rebates later on. Learn more >


Ask  your home inspector
to point out energy saving opportunities to help you plan ahead for an energy audit post-sale. Learn more >


Ask your lender
about ways to pay for energy efficiency upgrades within your first year of home ownership. Learn more >

After the Closing


Check your eligibility for state rebates to help pay for energy efficiency upgrades.  Learn more > Vermont | New Hampshire 


Complete a home energy audit with help from a certified home performance professional. Learn more > Vermont | New Hampshire


Work with your contractor to choose a scope of work that fits your budget and priorities. Learn more >


Schedule and complete your energy efficiency upgrades and let the savings begin! Learn more >

Contact Lists

Not sure where to start?  Need advice?  Unsure about next steps?

Vital Communities is an independent, nonprofit community resource. Sarah and Paige from our Energy Team are experts in all things Green Real Estate and ready to help. Any and all questions welcome!

Energy@VitalCommunities.org
802.291.9100 x109

Any REALTOR® can help you use the Green Homebuyer Guide

Share this resource with your Realtor and ask them to contact Vital Communities (energy@vitalcommunities.org) so we can help them help you.

Some Realtors are also National Association of Realtors (NAR) Green Designees, who have completed a training program on energy efficiency and sustainable homes. They are specially suited to help you buy or sell properties with green features, or simply to help clients interested in a more sustainable home buying process.


Green Designee Realtors in the Upper Valley

Lebanon (and surrounding communities)

Mary Chamberlin, Vanessa Stone Real Estate, Lebanon, NH
mary@vanessastonere.com, 603.632.5757

Bobbi Dagger, RE/MAX Group, Norwich, VT
bobbi@northernpinesre.com, 802.291.3543

Dick Dumez, Four Seasons Sotheby’s International Realty, Lebanon, NH
dick.dumez@fourseasonssir.com, 603.276.1307

Lynne Labombard, Housing Solutions Real Estate, Lebanon, NH
lynne@hs-re.com, 603.643.4800

Al Michalovic, Four Seasons Sotheby’s International Realty, Lebanon, NH
al.michalovic@fourseasonssir.com, 603.359.4547

Kathy Peterson, Housing Solutions, Lebanon, NH
kathy@hs-re.com, 603.381.6719

New London (and surrounding communities)

Ben Cushing, Cushing Real Estate, New London, NH
bencushing@gmail.com, 603.685.4590

Linda Rosenthall, Four Seasons Sotheby’s International Realty, New London, NH
linda.rosenthall@fourseasonssir.com, 603.455.1252

Susie Moore, Better Homes and Gardens Milestone Team, New London, NH
susie@bhgmilestone.com, 603.526.4116 x23

Claremont (and surrounding communities)

Alan Croteau, Real Property Options, Claremont, NH
alanmcroteau@gmail.com, 603.491.6570

Ludlow (and surrounding communities)

Debra Staniscia, Four Seasons Sotheby’s International Realty, Ludlow, VT
debra.staniscia@fourseasonssir.com, 802.228.4537

Energy Savvy Home Inspectors in the Upper Valley

The following Upper Valley Home Inspectors are active members of the Upper Valley Green Real Estate Network and meet regularly to discuss energy efficiency.

Check First Home Inspection, Michael Riese, Canaan, NH
checkfirsthi@gmail.com, 508-769-8455

S & K Home Inspectors, Scott Wade, Charlestown, NH
akservices@comcast.net, 603.558.5140

Twin State Inspections, Dale Shriver, Etna, NH
dale@twinstateinspections.com, 603.643.4677

River Valley Home Inspection, Dave DeSimone, Orford, NH
ddrvhi@gmail.com, 603.667.5616

Special loans designed for home energy improvements

Many Upper Valley lenders offer loans specially designed for home energy improvements. These loans are most commonly taken out AFTER you already own your home.

Click here to view the current list of lenders participating in the Upper Valley Green Real Estate Network, with a brief summary of available energy loan products as of summer 2018.

Hire a Certified Home Performance Professional

Whether getting an energy audit or completing home energy upgrades, be sure to hire a contractor certified by the Building Performance Institute (BPI). In order to qualify for rebates, your BPI contractor must ALSO be approved by Efficiency Vermont and/or NHsaves.

Vermont – Use the contractor directory at EfficiencyVermont.com to find BPI-certified contractors near you.

New Hampshire – Use the NHsaves Home Energy Calculator to determine if your home is eligible for NHsaves rebates (based on energy used per square foot).

  • If you ARE eligible for NHsaves rebates, complete an NHsaves application and a certified contractor will be assigned to you.
  • If you are NOT eligible for NHsaves rebates, search the national directory of BPI-certified contractors for professionals near you. Or contact Vital Communities for local recommendations (Energy@VitalCommunities.org or 802.291.9100 x109)

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The Building Performance Institute is a credentialing, quality assurance and standards setting organization for home performance professionals.

Contact Vital Communities to request a print copy of the Energy Savvy Homebuyer Guide
Energy@VitalCommunities.org or 802.291.9100 x109

Realtors - Upper Valley Green Real Estate Network

The following is a list of all Realtors who are engaged with the Upper Valley Green Real Estate Network in some way. If your Realtor is not on this list, encourage them to contact Vital Communities.

Ann Swanson Real Estate, Thetford, VT

Better Homes and Gardens Milestone Group, New London, NH

Big Green Real Estate, Hanover, NH

C21 Energy Shield Realty, Lebanon, NH

Cushing Real Estate

Coldwell Banker Lifestyles

Coldwell Banker Redpath

Four Seasons Sotheby’s International Realty

Galloway Real Estate

Granite Northland, Canaan and Enfield, NH

Housing Solutions, Hanover, NH

Linde Mac Real Estate, Hanover, NH

Moose Mountain Realty

Real Property Options, Claremont

ReMax Upper Valley

Roger Clarkson Realtors,

 

Greater Lebanon

Mary Chamberlin, Vanessa Stone Real Estate, Lebanon, NH
mary@vanessastonere.com, 603.632.5757

Bobbi Dagger, RE/MAX Group, Norwich, VT
bobbi@northernpinesre.com, 802.291.3543

Dick Dumez, Four Seasons Sotheby’s International Realty, Lebanon, NH
dick.dumez@fourseasonssir.com, 603.276.1307

Lynne Labombard, Housing Solutions Real Estate, Lebanon, NH
lynne@hs-re.com, 603.643.4800

Al Michalovic, Four Seasons Sotheby’s International Realty, Lebanon, NH
al.michalovic@fourseasonssir.com, 603.359.4547

Kathy Peterson, Housing Solutions, Lebanon, NH
kathy@hs-re.com, 603.381.6719

Kearsarge Region

Ben Cushing, Cushing Real Estate, New London, NH
bencushing@gmail.com, 603.685.4590

Linda Rosenthall, Four Seasons Sotheby’s International Realty, New London, NH
linda.rosenthall@fourseasonssir.com, 603.455.1252

Susie Moore, Better Homes and Gardens Masiello Group, New London, NH
susie@bhgmilestone.com, 207.615.1390

Greater Claremont

Alan Croteau, Real Property Options, Claremont, NH
alanmcroteau@gmail.com, 603.491.6570

Other

Debra Staniscia, Four Seasons Sotheby’s International Realty, Ludlow, VT
debra.staniscia@fourseasonssir.com, 802.228.4537

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Paige Heverly

Energy and Transportation Project Coordinator

Transportation, Energy

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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.