Going Solar? Think Efficiency First.

Pre-Solar Guide

For VERMONT

For NEW HAMPSHIRE

Reducing your home electric loads could reduce the size and cost of your solar system, usually for less than you’d spend by adding more solar.

Whether going solar is right for you now or in the future, you can reduce your reliance on fossil fuels, cut greenhouse gas emissions, and save money on energy through efficiency and conservation.

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Electrical Efficiency Programs

 Efficiency Vermont provides technical advice and financial incentives
to help you reduce your electric usage, 888.921.5990.

NHSaves provides rebates for energy efficient appliances, lighting, and more.

Thermal Efficiency Programs

New Hampshire

Through NHSaves Home Performance with ENERGY STAR® Program, residents can receive a comprehensive energy efficiency audit and up to $4,000 for energy improvements installed by a participating Home Performance with ENERGY STAR® contractor.

Upper Valley

COVER Home Repair’s Weatherization Program provides home weatherization measures installed by trained volunteers to income-qualifying homeowners. 802.296.7241

Vermont

Capstone Community Action provides FREE energy assessments and improvements worth thousands of dollars to income-qualifying residents of Orange County. Additional services and educational programs are available.

Through the Home Performance with ENERGY STAR® Program and Do-It-Yourself Program, Efficiency Vermont provides a $100 discount on all audits and up to $2,000 for energy improvements installed by a participating Home Performance with ENERGY STAR contractor. 888.921.5990

NeighborWorks H.E.A.T. Squad provides $100 audits and assistance to Windsor County homeowners in prioritizing energy improvements based on needs and budget, and offers financing for energy improvements to all Vermonters. (802) 438-2303 x227

More Energy Efficiency Resources

Energy Saving
Guide

Download the comprehensive East Central Vermont Resident’s Guide and Resources to Reducing Home Energy Use, produced by Sustainable Energy Resource Group (SERG).

Home Energy
Calculator and More

See how efficiently your home is heating with the free, online home efficiency calculator.

For more information on energy-savings opportunities, contact Sustainable Energy Resource Group by email or call 802.785.4126.

Solar Home Energy Audit
Discount

Vermonters installing solar electricity qualify for an “Efficiency Adder” worth up to $350 if they complete an energy audit preformed by a Building Performance Institute certified or Home Performance with ENERGY STAR® participating contractor, State Weatherization service provider, or Vermont Gas auditor (existing homes); or they participate in and complete the Vermont Energy Star Homes or Energy Code Plus program (new construction). For more information, contact your solar installer or the Renewable Energy Resource Center. Call 877.888.7372, or email.

More Solarize Resources

Solarize FAQ

Answers to the Frequently Asked Questions.

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Financing

Energy-specific financing options available in the Upper Valley.

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Solar Library

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

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Round One Report

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

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Staff

Julia Guy

AmeriCorps VISTA Energy Savings Outreach Specialist

Energy

 8022919100

Energy

— Julia Guy, AmeriCorps VISTA Energy Savings Outreach Specialist

Julia Guy is the AmeriCorps VISTA Energy Savings Outreach Specialist at Vital Communities. A frequent visitor, Julia is glad to make the Upper Valley a home. Originally from Binghamton, New York, Julia graduated from Skidmore College in 2019 with a Bachelors of Science in Theatre and a minor in Environmental Studies. Before moving to the Upper Valley, Julia was working for a low- waste, plastic-free home goods brand in Brooklyn. When she’s not fighting climate change, you can find Julia hiking and afterward indulging in a soft pretzel with plenty of mustard.



Sarah Brock

Energy Program Manager

Energy

 802-291-9100 x109

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 lives in Warner, New Hampshire, with her husband and daughter. 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.