Brattleboro Energy Committee, Time Share team up for Energy Challenge

BRATTLEBORO — The Brattleboro Energy Committee and Brattleboro Time Trade (BTT) have teamed up. Volunteers who register with BTT can now earn credit for assisting the energy committee with the Vermont Home Energy Challenge.

“We are very happy to provide a grant to the Vermont Home Energy Challenge,” said BTT coordinator Abby Mnookin. “We can think of no better use of our resources than to support a project where people are helping their neighbors to make their homes more energy efficient, save money, and help stop climate change.”

BTT volunteers working on the Challenge are eligible to receive up to 15 hours in Time Trade credit.

The Vermont Home Energy Challenge aims to improve the energy efficiency of homes and apartments throughout the state. More than 75 Vermont towns are participating in the program. According to a Challenge press release, 10 Brattleboro households have completed energy projects in 2013, saving an average of $1,000 in annual energy costs.

Brattleboro Time Trade ( allows for the exchange of Time Credits, a type of community currency that anyone can earn by using their time, resources, skills, or energy to help others. Each hour of service provided to another Time Trade member earns one Time Credit. You can spend your Time Credits on services provided by any of the other members of the Time Trade.

“There are a lot of people in our community who are spending way too much to heat their homes each winter,” said Town Energy Coordinator Paul Cameron. “Committee members are going door to door, making calls to residents, and initiating a major publicity campaign to educate homeowners about the things that they can do to tighten up their houses, as well as the incentives that are available from Efficiency Vermont."

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