Frequently Asked Questions
What is your average project cost?
The average cost of a project is $5,000-$10,000. This includes the energy assessment, renovation contracting, supplies and materials. Most of our customers experience a significant decrease in their energy costs, and an increase in comfort.
How long does it take to get the work done?
After your energy assessment, you’ll receive a written report and estimate in about a week. Usually, we can schedule your energy renovations within two weeks from receipt of your contract. Depending upon the complexity of the project, we typically complete renovations within a week.
Can I get an assessment from EnergySmart of Vermont and do the work myself, or have it done by my (friend/brother-in-law/boss/etc.)?
Yes, but…you'll need guidance and training, and you'll need to do some homework. What you know might not be all that you need to know to do this kind of work. You may want to attend a Button Up presentation and learn more about the DIY Home Performance with ENERGY STAR program.
Can this type of work be done by any building contractor?
No. All of our staff are trained and certified to make sure they have learned the protocols for testing buildings and recommending appropriate energy renovations. Not every builder has learned to build energy-efficient buildings, or is certified to make the right renovations to solve the issues that may be present without causing other issues.
What are my payment options?
We accept check or credit card payments. We will help you maximize available credits and rebates. Some local banks have loans that favor energy improvements. Give us a call to discuss options!
Does this work qualify for Federal tax credits?
While tax credits have been offered in the past, they are now expired. Check with a tax consultant for information or updates.
How do I find out if I qualify for Capstone Community Action's low-income weatherization service?
What territory do you serve?
I had energy renovation work, including foam insulation, done several years ago. Is there anything else I can do to improve my home's performance?
If you have not had an energy assessment then you should get that done. The report that follows your assessment can be used as your road map to do more energy improvements.
Does EnergySmart of Vermont work with owners of commercial buildings?
Yes, we have worked on a number of multi-family, commercial and municipal buildings and are happy to apply our experience to helping businesses become more efficient too. Give us a call.
I'm a renter. What can I do?
If you're a renter, your landlord is part of the process. We'll work with you, and your landlord, to identify whole-building improvements.
Do I need a building permit?
No. Energy renovation is considered to be maintenance on your structure. You also don't need the permission of your condo association—most associations agree that this is maintenance.