Greener BeeGreen ElectronicsVermonters Learn About Green Energy at The ‘Waterbury LEAP

Duxbury, Vt. – Vermont’s largest ‘Energy Fair’ was held Saturday in Duxbury, where more than 75 energy-related companies gathered. It’s hosted by the Waterbury Local Energy Action Partnership.

“People get to come here and do two things they get to save money and they also get to move something forward for the planet,” said Duncan McDougall, Waterbury LEAP chair.

With the summer season upon us, most were looking for ways to reduce their energy bills. Experts say you can start, by simply changing out your incandescent light bulbs with LED bulbs.

“You are talking about good quality dependable lighting that will last for 20 years… So you are going to save about 90% on your energy bill,” said Bob Murphy.

Murphy works with Efficiency Vermont, an energy efficiency utility providing incentives for Vermonters who make the switch to green energy.

Murphy said, “Efficiency first, you want to lower your bill as much as possible and then spring for the solar.”

People often consider these kinds of changes to be too costly, but experts say it’s the other way around.

“This is one of the best ways to make money because a lot of these energy saving opportunities heat pumps, wind, solar you can actually earn back about 10% on your dollar,” explained McDougall.

Murphy says another spot where you can save, switching out your standard electric hot water heater for one that operates using a heat pump. He says it could take 40% of your energy bill.

Murphy said, “Everyone wants to save money you know and when your home is more comfortable, less drafty and healthier it is just a bonus you are practicing efficiency.”

Also on display Saturday were electric vehicles and there was also a spot where folks could recycle their old electronics for free.

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