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BENNINGTON — A nonprofit housing organization is offering several programs to help Bennington County residents winterize their homes, such as getting a rebate for buying a new pellet or wood stove.

NeighborWorks of Western Vermont is offering income-qualified homeowners up to $3,800 for the removal of their old stove and installation of an efficient, clean-burning stove.

Rebate amounts are based on household size and income, giving people with limited income the most assistance, according to the organization.

Until the end of the month, NeighborWorks is also offering energy audits for a third off the usual cost, $100 instead of $150 until Oct. 31, according to Svea Howard of NeighborWorks.

Homeowners who make energy improvements with certified contractors can get rebates from Efficiency Vermont for half of their project cost.

People who are approved for a home repair loan through NeighborWorks can also get a $1,600 grant through the end of the year to offset their loan cost, as long as their income and project qualify.

To find out more about NeighborWorks’ programs and services, call 802-438-2303 or visit nwwvt.org or heatsquad.org.


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