Mad River Valley residents have an opportunity to reach out and help their neighbors make their homes more energy efficient through a pilot project from Efficiency Vermont. Efficiency VT will train local volunteers to conduct free home visits designed to help homeowners learn about energy-saving opportunities.

Volunteers will assist in identifying inefficient use of energy in the home, provide information about additional ways to reduce energy costs and help residents find area professionals trained to make further energy-efficiency improvements. Volunteers also will install free ENERGY STAR compact fluorescent light bulbs, water-saving devices and, if applicable, programmable thermostats. Efficiency Vermont will fund the cost of installed energy-saving products and the volunteer training. Locally, the project is being spearheaded by the Valley Futures Network, the Carbon Shredders and the Mad River Valley Planning District.

Volunteers are required to attend a training session to participate in the program. A training session will be held locally on Monday, February 9, at Yestermorrow Design/Build School starting at 5:30 p.m. with a light meal. Additional volunteer trainings will be held in Montpelier (February 18) and Plainfield-Marshfield (February 7) for those who can't attend the training on February 9.

To RSVP for the February 9 training session or for more information about the project, call Dennis Derryberry at 496-7662.