It's Time to Invest In Home
The 2020 Button Up campaign will help you stay comfortable and safe. And you'll have some more cash to spend on the things that matter.
This year upended life for just about all of us...and for many Vermonters, it's been really tough. With all the uncertainty we face, why bring weatherization up on your list of things to make happen in 2020? Well, it's even more important now that we're all spending more time at home...
- Safety: A professional weatherization contractor will help you ensure the right amount of fresh air is moving through your home to keep you healthy, without losing all that cold or heat you’re paying for. This work can reduce mold and respiratory illness, keeping your family safer.
- Money: Winter used to be the only season we needed to spend money on to stay comfortable. But more of us are installing AC to make it through the longer heat waves we’re facing. Anytime you’re spending money to heat or cool your home (or time at the wood pile), weatherization is a great investment. The average Vermonter saves $500 a year and stops those annoying drafts, which might be worth doing if date night is always at home for the foreseeable future.
- Security: Cheaper utility bills are always nice...but they’re suddenly critical when you lose a job, as so many Vermonters did this year. Weatherization gives Vermonters financial flexibility, which can mean a lot during a crisis. And it’s also a key step in preventing future crises. We can’t meet our state climate goals without significant weatherization projects in almost all of our buildings. Progress here is necessary to reduce the future weather, economic, and yes, pandemic disasters that a warmer climate could bring.
For Button Up 2020, we’ll continue to offer expert advice through online events, virtual home energy visits, and resources on our website. And we’re going a step further to help you help your neighbor. We’ve partnered with the Vermont Community Foundation to build the Button Up Vermont Fund, paying for weatherization projects for low income Vermonters. It’s an opportunity to help your neighbors and double your impact with matching contributions from Button Up sponsors.
The 2020 Button Up Season will include:
- Livestreamed DIY trainings to help Vermonters get ready for winter.
- Weatherization Wednesdays...a weekly webinar helping Vermonters determine what home weatherization strategy will work best.
- Free virtual home energy visit (while appointments last).
- Opportunity to help your neighbors. Contribute to the new Button Up Vermont Fund administered by the Vermont Community Foundation, weatherizing homes for low income Vermonters to build our state's energy security.
How to Participate
- Weatherize! Dig into some DIY work and consider a whole home weatherization project.
- Organize! Sign up to get resources to spread the word in your community. By joining, your neighbors become eligible to sign up for limited, free virtual home energy visits.
- Give! Donate to the new Button Up Vermont Fund or consider sponsoring to challenge friends, community members, or customers to give. Contact us to learn more.
Here are all the partners supporting the effort to weatherize Vermont homes this year!
Vermont Public Power Supply Authority • Burlington Electric Department • Vermont Electric Coop • NeighborWorks of Western VT