Getting to Net Zero – Home Heating
Second only to transportation, heating homes in Central Vermont is our largest contribution of greenhouse gasses to the global climate.
And, you can do something about it.
In fact, there are at least six different strategies that many people in our area have followed and one or a combination may work for you:
By increasing insulation and decreasing leaks, you can reduce fuel use up to 50%.
To learn more – https://www.netzeromontpelier.org/weatherize/weatherize-resources/
Get up to $100 back in rebates from Efficiency Vermont for DIY weatherization projects you can do at home: https://www.efficiencyvermont.com/rebates/list/diy-weatherization
Advanced wood heat
If your boiler is kaput, or you are otherwise fed up with using oil for your central heat, there are wood pellet boiler experts in our area that have installed hundreds of these locally and renewably fueled systems.
To learn more – https://www.netzeromontpelier.org/feel-good-heat/
Efficiency Vermont offers incentives up to $6,000 for pellet furnaces and boilers: https://www.efficiencyvermont.com/rebates/list/central-wood-pellet-furnaces-boilers-business
And we are glad to show you examples of advanced wood heat in use here in Montpelier – contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Modern wood stoves
New wood stoves are more efficient and less smoky than older models. You can see examples and ask for installation services at our local wood stove dealers.
To learn more - https://www.epa.gov/burnwise/choosing-right-wood-burning-stove
Burning wood without the dust, without stacking and often times with automatic start and thermostatically controlled is the current technology for wood pellet stoves.
Modern wood pellet stoves
New heat pump technology uses clean electricity (including solar generation) to provide building heat with greater efficiency than old-style electric space heaters.
To learn more – https://www.efficiencyvermont.com/products-technologies/heating-cooling-ventilation/heat-pumps
Incentives up to $400 per heat pump available through Efficiency Vermont: https://www.efficiencyvermont.com/rebates/list/heat-pump-heating-cooling-system
Central Vermont is the home to the region’s largest producer of biodiesel made from used cooking grease. You can convert your oil boiler to use this renewable product relatively easy. This could be a transition for you as you look to other low carbon fuels while your boiler is still functioning well.