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:

Weatherize

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 netzeromontpelier@gmail.com


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.

To learn more - https://www.energy.gov/energysaver/home-heating-systems/wood-and-pellet-heating

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

Heat pumps


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.

To learn more – https://www.netzeromontpelier.org/blog/2018/10/8/biodiesel-for-home-heating

Biofuel