MANCHESTER - This fall, Efficiency Vermont, working in partnership with VECAN, will roll out an ambitious plan to significantly increase the number of Vermonters who make significant home energy efficiency improvements.

The 2013 Vermont Home Weatherization Challenge will harness people's proclivity for competition and fun to help Vermont meet its ambitious weatherization goals and save homeowners on their energy bills. Under the campaign, town energy committees and other local partners will participate in an "Energy Challenge" to compete with other towns within their region. Each local partner will have a target of weatherizing five percent of the homes within their community in a one-year period. Community prizes will be awarded for the top town in each region, as well as statewide prizes for the top region and town. The Challenge will run from Jan. 1 - Dec. 31, 2013. Stay tuned to VECAN.net or efficiencyvermont.com for all the details. For more information, contact Paul Markowitz, Community Energy Program Manager, Efficiency Vermont at 802-540-7608 or pmarkowitz@veic.org.