Congratulations to all the Vermonters who have reduced their energy use and their energy costs through the 2016 Zero Energy Now program!

The Building Performance Professionals Association of Vermont is currently under negotiations to offer more Vermonters a Zero Energy Now program in 2017. At this point, we are hoping to have a clear program offering available by April 2017. Please check back at this website for more information.

In the meantime, you can contact us by emailing Info@BPPA-VT.org

Vermont Farm Cuts Fossil Fuel Use With Zero Energy Now

When the owners of a vegetable farm in East St. Johnsbury, Vt. wanted to reduce their use of fossil fuel, they turned to the Zero Energy Now program for help. Through Zero Energy Now they found a certified energy contractor (CEC) who put together a package for them that included insulating their century-old house, adding a cold climate heat pump, and installing a large photovoltaic system to generate electricity on the farm. The CEC served as a single point of contact for the owners and coordinated the work of other contractors on the project.

The certified energy contractor also helped arrange financing. With tax credits and incentives, the project cost about $30,000. The owners will begin saving money immediately by cutting their fossil fuel use from 1,200 gallons a year to 300 gallons annually. Once they finish paying their loan, they’ll have almost no monthly energy costs.

Tackling climate change means making significant investments in energy efficiency and rewewable energy, and this program is the latest example of how Vermont's innovation is leading the nation in addressing this challenge.

Peter Welch, United States Congress