Welcome to SERG
SERG, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization founded in 2002, helps Vermont and New Hampshire homeowners and towns use less energy save money and protect the environment through education, outreach and community organizing.
We help form, consult with and offer support to Town Energy Committees and educate homeowners throughout Vermont and New Hampshire.
SERG Program Highlights!
Marion Cross SERG Support Club
Five enterprising and concerned 4th-grade students (left to right: Maks Kealey, Mack Levy, Jackson Watts, Simon Phipps, and Stella Galanes) from the Marion Cross School in Norwich, VT have taken it upon themselves to fight climate change by raising support for and informing the community about SERG.
Some of the students activities include drawing comics, creating video commercials, writing a grant to get a soccer ball that illuminates a lamp after kids play soccer with it for awhile, designing posters, and collecting money from other students, at Dartmouth games and at their parents’ workplaces. They even got one of their parents to kick in a matching grant for what the students raise. As of December 19, 2014 the students have raised $253.76.
Marion Cross principal Bill Hammond informed SERG director, Bob Walker, about the project and invited him to meet with the students in early December. Bob was “blown away” by the students’ enthusiasm, creativity and concern for the planet.
Check out their work:
PACE financing is available to all residents of Vermont towns that have passed it at town meeting, including: Bradford, Cavendish, Hartford, Hartland, Norwich, Randolph, Sharon, Strafford, Thetford, Vershire, Weathersfield, and Woodstock.
As a result most Vermonters can now access low interest (from 0% to 1.99%) PACE (Property Assessed Clean Energy) financing to make energy improvements in their homes. Improvements that can be financed through these low rates include energy audits, weatherization measures, cold climate heat pumps, high efficiency oil, propane and wood pellet central heating systems, heat pump water heaters, and solar hot water heaters. Renewable electric generation systems can also be financed through PACE at the standard program rate which is currently at 6.5%.
SERG is working with town energy committees and Efficiency Vermont to inform community members about PACE at free town forums that are open to the public and we invite you to join us!
Upcoming PACE forums:
- Wednesday, January 7th, 2015, Bradford Academy Auditorium, Bradford, VT, 7:00pm
- Tuesday, January 20th, 2015, Thetford Center Community Center, Thetford, VT 6:30pm
- Tuesday, January 27, Randolph Municipal Building, Randolph, 7:00pm
- Wednesday, February 25th, 2015, Bugbee Senior Center, White River Jct., VT 6:30pm
- Thursday, February 26th, 2015, Woodstock Town Hall (upstairs meeting room), Woodstock, 7:00pm
These forums are being cosponsored by Upper Valley Sierra Club and Vital Communities. If you are interested in learning more about PACE, contact your town energy committee, SERG at 802-785-4126, or Efficiency Vermont at www.efficiencyvermont.com/PACE,PACE@efficiencyvermont.com or 888-921-5990.
Energy Issues in Existing Homes: What Real Estate Professionals Need to Know
More workshops are coming up and we have expanded our accreditation to include Vermont and New Hampshire! Contact us for a schedule and view our Events and Workshop page for more information about the class.
Our Work in 2014
2014 has been a busy and productive year for SERG but our work is not done yet! Our fiscal year ended in August so we are taking a moment to plan and reflect. Take a look at what we have planned so far for 2015 in our 2015 SERG Project List below (pdf version) and reflect on what SERG has accomplished in 2014 with our 2014 Annual Report (pdf version).
Community Renewable Energy Projects – SERG will assist Thetford with its community solar project and work with Vermont League of Cities and Towns, Vermont Natural Resources Council and the Vermont Law School Energy Clinic to develop templates and guides that will help other towns develop successful community renewable projects.
Heat Pump Workshops – SERG will work with Efficiency Vermont and Green Mountain Power to develop a workshop to teach homeowners about the energy, financial and environmental benefits of air source heat pumps and heat pump water heaters and then take the workshop to towns throughout Vermont. We will also work with the Plymouth Area Renewable Energy Initiative (PAREI) and Liberty Utilities to replicate this effort in New Hampshire.
PACE Workshops – SERG will work with Efficiency Vermont to develop and deliver a promotional campaign and workshops about PACE financing and the various measures it can help fund to selected towns throughout the Upper Valley. This effort will be used as a template to promote PACE and the various programs it supports throughout the rest of Vermont.
Energy Class for Real Estate Professionals – SERG will work with Efficiency Vermont, Lakes Region Community College and the Realtor associations in Vermont and New Hampshire to teach a class we developed educating real estate professionals about energy issues in existing homes.
Energy Committees – SERG will continue to help form new town energy committees in Vermont and New Hampshire, and provide information, programs and networking services to new and existing town energy committees throughout the both states.
Public Education – SERG will continue to educate and inform the general public about energy-saving and renewable energy initiatives and opportunities by distributing regular email updates to our list of more than 2,400 Vermont and New Hampshire residents, publishing letters and articles and organizing free public workshops and forums. Those wishing to be placed on our list to receive free electronic updates should send their name, address, and phone number to SERG@serg-info.org. We do not sell or distribute our list.
SERG Annual Appeal
Once a year SERG asks you to support our efforts to fight the effects of rising energy costs and increased health and environmental damage. More than a third of SERG's support comes from individual donors. Please make a generous tax-deductible contribution today!
, SERG Executive Director and Board President
Sustainable Energy Resource Group
432 Ulman Rd., Thetford Center, VT 05075
Erin Sterner, SERG Education and Outreach Assistant
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SERG Board Members:
- Clifton Below - former NH state senator and Public Utilities Commissioner
- Jeff Bernstein - President and Managing Director of BCK Law, P.C.
- Alan Berolzheimer - SERG Secretary/Treasurer, Historian, Editor and Chair of Norwich Energy Committee
- Buff McLaughry - Chief Operating Officer of Lang McLaughry Spera Real Estate
- Bob Walker - SERG Founder, President and Executive Director
- Dori Wolfe – owner Wolfe Energy consulting, chair of Strafford Energy Committee