Weatherize Upper Valley
Working together to help you save money and stay warm
✔ What does it mean to “Weatherize” my home?
✔ “Step-by-Step” guidance
✔ Rebate Programs
✔ Financing Options
✔ Do-It Yourself Tips
✔ Low-Income Programs
✔ Info for Renters and Businesses
✔ Other Home Energy Options
Under Construction! Coming in 2020! Everything you need to launch a Weatherize campaign in your town!
If you would like access to Weatherize Toolkit materials before March, contact Sarah Brock (firstname.lastname@example.org, 802-291-9100 x109).
August 17 Weatherize Webinar with NHSaves
This 45min webinar, featuring a guest speaker from NHSaves, covered home energy efficiency basics, rebates and financing, recent rebate changes, and Covid-safe weatherization practices.
- Video Recording (via YouTube)
- Audio Recording (via SoundCloud, recording starts at the 1:15 mark)
- Presentation Slides
- Contact Information
What you NEED TO KNOW about recent NHSaves weatherization rebate changes:
- Use this NHSaves Weatherization Rebate Guide to help you with next steps.
- Maximum rebate amount recently increased from $4,000 to $8,000.
- Rebate covers 50% of insulation and health/safety measures, and 100% of air sealing.
- For projects completed by 11/15/20, the rebate is increased to 90%, however given current backlog among available contractors, new customers should not expect to complete their projects in time.
- Customers are still encouraged to enroll in the program to receive the 50% rebate on weatherization services completed this year or next.
- For more information about NHSaves weatherization rebates, visit nhsaves.com/programs/energy-audits-weatherization/.
Weatherize 2017-2019 – Congratulations to our Teams!
- Ascutney Team – Cavendish, Reading, Weathersfield, and Windsor, VT
- Connecticut River Team – Hartland, Hartford, Norwich, and Thetford, VT
- White River Team – Bethel, Royalton, and Sharon, VT
- Randolph Team – Randolph, Brookfield, and Braintree, VT
- Cornish and Plainfield, NH
- Lebanon, NH
- Orford, Piermont, and Lyme, NH
- Springfield and Chester, VT
- Sustainable Woodstock Team – Woodstock, Pomfret, Bridgewater, VT
- Enfield and Canaan, NH
- Kearsarge Climate Action – Andover, New London, Newbury, Sutton, Warner, and Wilmot, NH
Our thanks to each of the individuals and groups listed here for lending their time and thoughtful input in 2016 and 2017 as we collaborated to design Weatherize Upper Valley.
Energy Committee Leaders
- Charlie and Henry from the Seacoast Regional Energy Hub and Energyize 360
- Alan and Martha from the Hartford Energy Commission
- Karl from the Hartland Energy Committee
- Ariel and Jon from the Lebanon Energy Advisory Council
- Linda and Norm from the Norwich Energy Committee
- Pete and Gary from the Randolph Energy Committee
- Sally from Sustainable Woodstock
Home Performance Contractors
- Bruce from Build Basic Green
- Brent from Building Energy
- Ethan from Earthshare Construction
- Phillip from Energy Wright Builders
- Malcolm from Montpelier Construction
- Ted from Newell & Crathern, LLC
- Will from Quality Insulation of Meredith
- Rich from Shakes to Shingles
- Michael from Snowdog Construction
- Eric from Solsaa Building and Energy Solutions
- Rick from Upper Valley Energy Savings
- Peter and Will from Vermont Foam Insulation
- Tori and Ted from Yankee Thermal
Weatherize Team at Vital Communities
Climate Projects Coordinator
— Ana Mejia, Climate Projects Coordinator
Ana Mejia is the Climate Projects Coordinator at Vital Communities. She is a Southern California native and first arrived to the Upper Valley in 2018. Ana received her Bachelor’s degree in Geology from Bryn Mawr College in Pennsylvania and her Master’s in Environmental Sciences and Policy from Central European University in Budapest, Hungary, where she wrote her thesis on solar home affordability and energy efficiency programs for low income families. When she is not actively working towards creating sustainable communities, Ana enjoys swimming, cross-country skiing, birding, and trying out new dessert recipes with her KitchenAid mixer.
AmeriCorps VISTA Energy Savings Outreach Specialist
— 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.
Energy Program Manager
— 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.