Lt. Gov. Phil Scott works with weatherization team

January 4, 2013 – Lt. Governor Phil Scott continued his “Vermont Everyday Jobs Tour” today, during the coldest week of the winter, working with a home weatherization team in Williamstown.

Lt. Gov. Scott joined a crew from Central Vermont Community Action Council (CVCAC), which offers energy-efficiency audits and renovation services to homeowners and renters of all income levels. Scott assisted the contractors in tightening up sources of air leakage in the Morse family home’s attic and basement, and around the chimney and utility inputs.

“What struck me was how important the ‘little things’ are in saving energy,” Scott said. “This home was well built and well insulated. But because of minor air leakages, the homeowner was losing probably 50% of the advantage from that insulation.”

Because construction standards have changed noticeably over the last 5 to 10 years, even Vermonters with newer homes could benefit substantially from weatherization work, said Scott, who also owns a construction company and is well-versed in building practices.

“I encourage all Vermonters to get an efficiency audit, because then you know what you’re dealing with. There’s so much that we can do to reduce our expenses and our environmental impact. And any work that you do will pay off surprisingly quickly in these days of $4-per-gallon heating oil costs.”

Scott said he was also impressed with the thoroughness of the crew’s work and the time they took to make sure no source of heat loss was overlooked. “Today’s work was a full four-hour job. The crew wasn’t just there to spray-foam cracks and crevices; they were there to save the Morse family money. They took great care and pride in that mission, and it was great to be a part of it.”

Vermonters can find more information on weatherization programs at www.cvcac.org.

For more information about the "Vermont Everyday Jobs" initiative and previous jobs, click here.

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