By: Matt Sutkoski
Burlington Free Press
Vermont's weather took the inevitable yearly turn toward wintry this week, but some households are staying unexpectedly toasty warm because of work by the Vermont Sustainable Heating Initiative.
The Heating Initiative has been selected as a finalist in the first-ever Creative Edge Award competition sponsored by FreePress Media and the Lake Champlain Regional Chamber of Commerce. The other finalist is Gardener's Supply Co. The winner will be announced at Tuesday night's annual chamber dinner.
Generally speaking, the poorest Vermonters tend to use the most expensive and least environmentally friendly fuels to heat their homes, said Thomas Tailer, the executive director of VSHI.
VSHI aims to install wood pellet stoves in low-income households. The stoves use fuel that cost roughly 40 percent less than other fuels providing the same heat output, said Thomas Dickerson, a board member for VSHI.
Pellet stoves have the added benefit of emitting fewer pollutants and greenhouse gases than other fuels, Dickerson said...(to read the full article, please click here).