Recognizing that most of the town buildings are residential, the Energy Committee wanted to demonstrate to Charlotters how to make their homes more energy efficient and sustainable. In 2012, the Energy Committee spearheaded a “Green Homes Open House” (appropriately, on St. Patrick ’s Day). The tour featured homes with high-quality insulation, as well as solar electricity, geo-thermal and hot water heating.
The tour starts at the Woodrow home in North Ferrisburgh which was originally a 1830s school house. It was added on to one hundred years later, but it had no insulation. After air sealing and adding cellulose insulation the owners saved 620 gallons of fuel oil in the first year. The insulation and air sealing cost $4,000 which created a four-year payback period. They will also enjoy a more comfortable home and lower heating bills for years to come.
The second home belongs to Sue Smith; she had a solar hot water heater installed during the first energy crisis in 1978 and recently added solar PV. Her system is net metered so when it produces more electricity than she can use it goes back to the grid and creates a credit on her electric bill.
The third home was built in Charlotte’s Common Way Community and was designed to take advantage of the sun. The windows take advantage of passive solar to heat the home along with a geothermal heat pump. The home was constructed with insulated panels and has solar PV and solar hot water on the roof.
The project was made possible with support from the New England Grassroots Environmental Fund, the Vermont Natural Resources Council and Efficiency Vermont.
Charlotte Energy Commitee
Contact Name: Suzy Hodgson
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