By Marissa Green, Charlotte Energy Shelf

The Charlotte Energy Committee has created the Charlotte Energy Shelf to connect low-to-moderate income Charlotters with no-cost weatherization materials and energy efficiency programs designed to help reduce their home’s energy consumption.

High energy bills make life more difficult. For some families, heating bills make it harder to meet their basic needs, such as food, housing and childcare. That is why access to weatherization can make a big difference for some of Charlotte’s families. Did you know weatherization reduces energy consumption by 15 to 30 percent on average? It is good for your wallet and good for the planet. It’s a win-win! Sealing up your home for the winter saves you money, conserves energy, improves your indoor environment and supports community resilience.

The Charlotte Energy Shelf is offering the following materials at no charge: plastic window insulation, rubber window seals, door sweeps, threshold rubber seals, pipe insulation, outlet and light switch cover gaskets, foam, caulk, and low-flow showerheads. We also have application guns for caulk and foam available to borrow.

Supplies are easy to order by emailing Marissa. Due to the Omicron surge, we are now offering free contactless drop-off of materials right to your door.

If you are interested in taking your home’s energy efficiency even further, check out these resources. The Charlotte Library has a thermal camera you can borrow to visualize where your home has air or water leaks. CVOEO’s Weatherization program offers in-depth home weatherization at no cost for low-income Vermonters. Efficiency Vermont (efficiencyvermont.com) offers a multitude of home energy efficiency programs, rebates and instructional videos.