Vermont has been a leader in electrical efficiency for more than a decade. Now a new report says it should turn its attention in a big way to improving how it heats its buildings.
Lawmakers called in 2008 for the state to weatherize a quarter of its buildings by 2020. With the state not on track to meet that goal, the Department of Public Service last year convened a special Thermal Efficiency Task Force to recommend ways to improve progress.
The report said a typical household could save $1,000-dollars a year on heating costs through efficiency measures. It also said a more efficient system would reduce carbon emissions and provide resiliency in the face of fuel price shocks.