29 Mar '13, 7pm
Blog: Vermont Contractor Program Turns It Up when Temperatures Drop
In an area of the country where cold weather dominates for more than half the year, one program knows how to turn up the heat to help contractors manage the influx of customers looking to improve their comfort and energy efficiency over the winter. Better Buildings Neighborhood Program partner NeighborWorks of Western Vermont (NWWVT) created the NeighborWorks Home Energy Assistance Team (H.E.A.T.) Squad in 2010 to help Rutland County, Vermont, homeowners connect with qualified contractors who could evaluate and upgrade their homes. One year into the H.E.A.T. Squad’s launch, weatherization contractors were struggling to keep pace with the fluctuating demand for home energy efficiency upgrades. Demand for weatherization in Vermont is cyclical, typically peaking in fall and winter while ebbing in spring and summer. “When demand is low, contractors may not have enough incoming...