Vermonters Look for Cheaper Ways to Keep Their Homes Warm This Winter

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A dramatic increase in the cost of fossil fuels has sent more Vermonters scrambling this autumn to weatherize their homes, line up financial assistance and find cheaper heating options. Energy advocates hope the search will lead householders to cleaner fuels that in the long run are easier on the pocketbook — and the climate. 

There's always an uptick in interest in weatherization in the fall, said Dwight DeCoster, the director of Champlain Valley weatherization at the Champlain Valley Office of Economic Opportunity.

"But this year, applications are higher than normal, and there is much higher anxiety in those we are talking to in regard to the cost of fuel," DeCoster said.