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By: Laurie Fielder

January 27th, 2021

Energy Efficient Home Heating Options

Energy Savings | Saving and Budgeting

The good and bad news about heating your home in Vermont is that there are no one-size-fits-all solutions. Every home is different, after all—with existing heating system, floor plan, and heat-loss issues. The reason this is good news is that you can create a system that works for your unique home and budget. It may take some research, but you’ve come to the right place. In order to simplify your search for the perfect system for your home, we have compiled this list of the five efficient home heating options and the types of homes they are best suited to.

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By: Laurie Fielder

January 26th, 2021

How to Save on Home Heating Fuel in Vermont

Energy Savings | Saving and Budgeting

Winter is an expensive season, largely because of the cost of keeping the home warm. Fortunately, there are a lot of small, low-cost things you can do on your own to reduce seasonal heating costs, from tightening up your house before the weather hits to finding cost-effective options for home heating fuel.

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By: Seth Kerin

January 7th, 2021

Take Solar to the Next Level with a Solar Battery

Energy Savings | Saving and Budgeting

When I first moved into my home about four years ago, I was paying higher electric bills, with air conditioning in the summer and pellet stove heat in the winter. This worked for me for a while even though it meant purchasing pallets full of pellets (averaging a few hundred dollars per pallet) and hauling those into my home, and of course during the cold months keeping the hopper full on a regular basis. Then the pellet stove broke down and pushed me down a different path.

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By: Laurie Fielder

December 22nd, 2020

Thinking of Buying a Used Electric Car? Here’s What You Should Know

Energy Savings | Auto Buying

As the adoption of electric vehicles (EVs) becomes more widespread, more used electric cars are entering the market and offering a more affordable option for those looking to go electric. In fact, 7% of electric vehicles registered in Vermont in the first quarter of 2020 are used, according to the most recent report from Drive Electric VT. This number is only expected to grow along with the increased availability of used EVs. If you’re looking to go green with your next vehicle and think you might be interested in a used EV, here is a list of important questions to ask and information to know as you start your search.

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By: David Roberts

October 7th, 2020

Do Affordable Electric Cars Exist (and Should You Buy One)?

Energy Savings | Auto Buying

This is an exciting time for plug-in electric vehicle (EV) buyers. Manufacturers are producing a wide array of models. The value of going electric has increased as electric driving range goes up, performance improves, more affordable models are available and off-peak charging costs from several Vermont utilities offer the equivalent of $1 per gallon of gasoline. Plus, purchase incentives are available that can reduce up-front costs by $10,000 or more. If you’re on the fence about buying an EV, this article may help you pick a side.

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By: Julia Westbrook

September 30th, 2020

Are Solar Panels Worth It?

Energy Savings | Saving and Budgeting

Short answer: Yes.   Going green with solar panels is more than just a feel-good decision—it can also help your wallet too. There are plenty of reasons for installing solar panels, but at the end of the day, it still has to make sense financially.

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By: Laura Capps

May 22nd, 2020

8 Steps to Creating a Healthy Home

Energy Savings | Investing in the Future | Lifestyle

When you think of the ideal home, it conjures images of comfort—a safe haven you can come back to at the end of each day. And yet, statistically, the home can be a dangerous place. A study by the National Center for Healthy Housing found that 35 million American homes contained at least one health or safety hazard. That’s two out of every five homes with factors contributing to illness, injury, and even death.

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By: Oliver Ames

January 29th, 2020

How do Pellet Furnace Prices Compare?

Homebuying and Mortgages | Energy Savings | Saving and Budgeting

After many years of renting small apartments, my wife and I decided to take the plunge and buy our first house. As any new homeowners would, we have been nervously, excitedly, painting walls and undertaking little projects to make our home perfect for us, but the first big project now looms on the horizon—the heating system.

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