FIRST MONDAY MOVIE: TIPPING POINT
February 4, 2012 • The Colatina Exit
Bradford, Vermont • 6:30pm Movie Begins
Come early to order food and drink
Watch the trailer at tippingpointdoc.ca
. "In an oil-scarce world, we know there are sacrifices to be made in the pursuit of energy. What no one expected was that a tiny Native community living down the river from Canada’s tar sands would reach out to the world for help, and be heard ... The outcome proves the title – it’s the tipping point for the world’s biggest energy project and a warning our oil-fuelled way of life is about to change."
BCC’s Energy Committee is joining with 59 other Vermont towns to launch the VT Home Energy Challenge:
BCC ENERGY COMMITTEE JOINS VT HOME ENERGY CHALLENGE
Heating homes in Vermont accounts for close to 60% of residential energy use.. Home weatherization reduces cold winter drafts and summer heat gain, controls moisture, provides adequate fresh‐air ventilation for healthy living, and tests appliance combustion for efficiency, carbon monoxide, and adequate exhaust.
Homes weatherized through the Home Performance with ENERGY STAR Program and Vermont’s Weatherization Program typically save 25 to30 percent on heating costs, for annual savings of $750 to$1,000. While much more extensive “deep‐energy” retrofits can achieve 75 to 90 percent savings, retrofits cost more and have longer payback periods than home weatherization. Home weatherization is one of the most cost‐effective ways to reduce energy use, save on energy spending, and increase home comfort.
In January 2013, Efficiency Vermont, in partnership with Vermont Energy and Climate Action Network (VECAN) and other organizations, launched a one year effort to increase the number of homes completing comprehensive energy efficiency improvements in Vermont.
During the Challenge, town energy committees and other local partners will compete with other communities in their region. These local partners will have a target of weatherizing 3% of the homes within their community in the one-year period. Community prizes will be awarded for the top towns in each region, as well as a statewide award for the top region and town. The Challenge will help Vermont reach its statewide goal of 25% energy savings in 80,000 homes by the year 2020.
How and When
Door to Door canvassing in Bradford to explain to home owners the challenge and the benefits of weatherization.
Volunteers will have a packet of information about the challenge, auditors, contractors, sources of money, incentives available from Efficiency Vermont and possibly stories from homeowners who have weatherized their homes.
Volunteers need to commit to two afternoons sometime between February 21st and the beginning of April. Specific dates will be decided later. Attend a training somewhere in the Upper Valley Wednesday evening February 21st.