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GLRPPR Sector Resource: Spotlight on Rutland County: How Local Ties Lead to Local Wins

Spotlight on Rutland County: How Local Ties Lead to Local Wins

Building on their understanding of homeowners in Rutland County, Vermont, NeighborWorks of Western Vermont (NWWVT) has enlisted well-respected local citizens and organizations to spread the word about home energy efficiency upgrade opportunities, an effort that has driven demand for nearly 200 home upgrades in just six months. With its DOE BetterBuildings funding, NWWVT created the "Home Efficiency Assistance Team," or the H.E.A.T. Squad, which works with local organizations across the 26 towns in the county to conduct phone-a-thons, direct outreach, and personalized home visits to develop public interest in energy efficiency. Team members are available through a local hotline to educate homeowners about energy efficiency and to sign them up for an evaluation. After completing the evaluation, staff members offer to meet in person for a "kitchen table" discussion to review the evaluation results, contractor recommendations, and financing options. It's a neighbor to neighbor approach that taps into the strengths of both the organization and the communities where they are working.


U.S. DOE Better Buildings

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Case study/success story

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