SEVCA receives federal money for weatherization

By HOWARD WEISS-TISMAN / Reformer Staff

Monday August 23, 2010

WESTMINSTER — Southeastern Vermont Community Action received $900,000 to provide solar thermal and solar hot water technologies for low-income Vermont families.

And the state as a whole will receive another $700,000 after being recognized for achieving weatherization benchmarks from the U.S. Department of Energy.

SEVCA was one of five agencies in Vermont that shared almost $5 million in Federal money to increase the number of solar installations across the state.

Development Director Lisa Jane Clarke stated in a press release announcing the receipt of the funds that people should not have to be well-off to be able to live a simple, sustainable life in their own home.

“This will have a huge impact upon our organization and the lives of the individuals and families that we serve,” she stated. “Not only will this offer opportunities for job creation and training in an emerging green technology, but also options to reduce our clients’ dependency on oil and utility costs overall. Now the people who need the savings the most will have access to this technology.”

By making low-income homes more energy efficient, families save an average of $437 on their energy bills, according the U.S. Department of Energy.

full article – http://www.reformer.com/localnews/ci_15863106

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