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Celebrate Solar Tours Saturday

Sunny Skies Forecasted for First Annual Statewide Celebrate Solar Tours Saturday

Sunny skies are forecasted for the weekend of the Summer Solstice when more than forty locations throughout Vermont will open their doors for Celebrate Solar Tours. Like the open sugarhouse weekend in the spring and open art studio weekend in the fall, the summertime tours will give Vermonters and visitors the opportunity to get an up-close view of solar systems to learn about the technology, solar economics, and the benefits of solar to our communities. Many locations will offer refreshments, music or other entertainment like community walking tours, miniature golf and on-site yoga.


June 16 Forum to Promote New No- or Low-Interest Financing for Energy Improvement Projects

Two great low or no-interest financing options are now available to help Vermonters make energy improvements in their homes: PACE financing and the Heat Saver Loan.

A public informational forum on these energy financing options will be held on Tuesday, June 16 at 5:30 pm at the Marlboro College Graduate School, 28 Vernon Street in downtown Brattleboro. Pizza and beverages will be provided. Space is limited – to register, contact Paul Cameron at 251-8135 or pcameron@brattleboro.org.


PACE and Heat Saver Loan Forum June 16

Two great low or no-interest financing options are now available to help Vermonters make energy improvements in their homes: PACE financing and the Heat Saver Loan.

A public informational forum on these energy financing options will be held on Tuesday, June 16 at 5:30 pm at the Marlboro College Graduate School, 28 Vernon Street in downtown Brattleboro. Pizza and beverages will be provided. Space is limited – to register, contact Paul Cameron at 251-8135 or pcameron@brattleboro.org.


Hilltop Montessori Students to Build and Raffle Tiny House with Proceeds to Benefit Morningside Shelter and Scholarships

BRATTLEBORO – Hilltop Montessori School of Brattleboro is launching a “Tiny House Raffle” to benefit the school’s financial aid program and Morningside Shelter. Jamaica Cottage Shop has donated a tiny house kit that Hilltop students and families will assemble this spring. The 7’ x 12’ house is built on a trailer for easy mobility and will be raffled off at 3pm on the Brattleboro Common after the Strolling of the Heifers parade on June 6th.


Road Map to Efficiency: A Regional Energy Roundtable

Come to “Road Map to Efficiency”, a regional energy roundtable Wednesday, January 20, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in Windham & Windsor Housing Trust’s community room located at 68 Birge Street, Brattleboro

The roundtable will offer tools, resources, and support to homeowners, energy committees, and interested community members.

Roundtable topics include community grant opportunities, programs for schools, cold-climate heat pumps, residential solar options, on-bill repayment for residential efficiency projects, NeighborWorks H.E.A.T. Squad program updates, advice for starting an energy committee and how to spur action in communities.


Holiday Lights on Washington Street

Don't miss this great light display!

Holiday Lights on Washington St. video.


Schedule a Home Energy Audit Today! Do It For Kitten

Your house is drafty and your kitten is cold. It's time to do something about that. If you're a Brattleboro homeowner, schedule a home energy audit today and learn how you can save money and make your home more comfortable. Contact Brattleboro Town Energy Coordinator Paul Cameron to get started. 802.251.8135 or pcameron@brattleboro.org. Do it for kitten.

This is a project of the Brattleboro Energy Committee. Please watch and share this video on social media sites, email, blogs and list serves. Thanks!


Town of Brattleboro Fall Leaf Collection Schedule

The following dates have been scheduled for Brattleboro's curbside Fall Leaf Collection. All locations will be picked up each Friday:

Leaf Pick Up Date

ALL RESIDENTS Friday, October 24, 2014

ALL RESIDENTS Friday, November 7, 2014


Get Your Stone Wall Repaired and Do a Good Deed

Greetings Friends,

If you have a stone wall that needs repair, please be in touch. I'll explain how you can get it done, and do a good deed in the process - very much in the spirit of what our town stands for.


Westminster West Plant Sale on May 31

The Westminster West School invites you to its annual (and much anticipated!) spring plant sale, on Saturday, May 31 from 9am - 1pm. Come early for the best selection, including a wide variety of annuals, perennials, and vegetable starts from some of the area's finest gardeners and farmers.


Free Public Talk and Tour of a Straw Bale Timber Frame Home Under Construction

Dear Neighbors,

My partner Chad Mathrani and I would like to invite you to tour the Straw Bale Timber Frame home we are building in West Brattleboro. This will happen during the straw bale installation and plastering phases in July. Throughout the tour we will share samples of natural non-toxic material options, field questions, and discuss natural building.

Space is limited, so we ask that you reserve a spot. To do so, or to be put on a list to receive information about other talks and tours, please send an email to info@vermontnaturalhomes.com


Frost, Elm, Elliot Neighbors - DIG IN

On Thursday, May 8th, 6:30 - 7:30 pm, the F.E.E.T. Neighbors will be hosting a meeting at the Elliot Street Cafe to discuss ways to beautify the neighborhood with Gardens. If you live or work in or near this area, please join us. We would love any support in gardening throughout the neighborhood and everyone is welcome. If you have seeds, or gardening advice to share, please come! And if you have no experience gardening, you are also welcome.


Brattleboro Wins Energy Challenge Award

The Town of Brattleboro will receive a $10,000 grant from Efficiency Vermont in recognition of its efforts in the Vermont Home Energy Challenge, a statewide initiative to increase energy efficiency in homes and apartments. Brattleboro achieved the highest percentage of completed home efficiency projects in the Windham region while exceeding a minimum of 10 projects. Brattleboro homeowners and landlords completed 41 efficiency projects during the Challenge, which ran from January 1, 2013 to February 15, 2014.

The grant can be used for a municipal or school energy efficiency project which achieves either thermal or electrical energy savings in buildings, street lighting, or water/wastewater treatment facilities.


Zero Energy Homes Presentation

Interested in home energy efficiency? A net Zero Energy Home is one that generates as much renewable energy as it uses. Existing homes can become Zero Energy Homes with recent innovations in heating systems and cost-competitive renewable energy options. Efficiency Vermont’s Li Ling Young will talk about this year’s pilot program to support Zero Energy Homes. For many homes, investing in radical efficiency and a renewable energy system is the most economical way to operate the home. If you have been waiting for a chance to do something about your home energy use, the time is now. Take advantage of Efficiency Vermont’s expertise to make your home what all homes should be: gracious guests on planet Earth.


Garden Inspirations Workshop to Benefit the Latchis Theater

Escape to Vermont for a green day in January!
Join garden enthusiasts from around the region at
the historic Latchis Theater in Brattleboro for a “Garden Inspirations
Workshop” on January 25, 2014. Julie Moir Messervy, Helen O’Donnell, Gordon Hayward and Dan Snow will offer lively presentations with images on the big screen. For more information, please go the the Latchis website.


Heat Pump Workshop Offered

Are you paying too much to heat your home, business, or rental property, or looking to cut your use of fossil fuels? A new generation of super-efficient electric heat pumps, suitable for northern climates, may be the answer for you. These devices provide heat and domestic hot water using 25-50% less energy than conventional systems. They are environmentally-friendly as well – 87% free of carbon emissions in Green Mountain Power territory. Heat pumps can also be combined with solar electric panels to provide 100% renewable energy.


The NeighborWorks HEAT Squad Comes to Windham and Windsor Counties

The NeighborWorks HEAT Squad (heatsquad.org) is Vermont’s one-stop-shop for helping homeowners complete home energy efficiency improvements to their homes. The Squad helps customers of all income levels every step of the way to a comfortable and affordable home – from education and engagement, to scheduling an energy audit, to managing and even financing energy efficiency improvements (single family residences and apartments up to four units).


Weatherization Skillshop in Brattleboro Sept. 21

Learn to Weatherize. Are you a do-it-yourselfer? Would you like to reduce your energy costs by making significant energy improvements? And be eligible for up to $2,600 from Efficiency Vermont?

Each Skillshop will cover:

Air-Sealing. This is the key to increasing comfort and reducing fuel use—though potentially dangerous if not accompanied by proper ventilation. We'll show you how to manage air flow in a building and how to tighten things up safely.

Insulation. There are ways to waste money on the wrong insulation and application. We will show you how to choose and install insulation correctly for your building, whether it is an historic Victorian house or a modern mobile home.


Solar Solutions for Apartment Dwellers

Hello Everyone!

I have recently been putting in quite a bit of thought to solar power. I'd love to get solar power but I live in an apartment and my options are limited. I have a roof top patio which gets strong sun until the early afternoon and I would like to put a small panel out there. I'm not expecting this little foray to, by any means, provide all the power for my apartment but it would be nice to get some from it. What I am looking for is if anyone has ideas or knows of easy solutions for apartment dwellers to hook up solar power. Basically I'm completely ignorant to how these systems work entirely. Any guidance is a huge help.

Thank you



PACE (Property Assessed Clean Energy) Public Information Session Sept. 4

How can homeowners afford to insulate their homes or install solar electric systems in today’s economy? Many people want to “do the right thing,” but lack the money to finance energy-efficiency projects or install renewable energy systems in their homes. This hurdle has prevented many people from taking advantage of new technologies that would reduce their energy costs substantially and save them money in the long run.


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