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.
For a short video of the project, see http://zeroenergynowvt.com/