Report: Vt. could see big savings on heating

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) -- Vermont has been a leader in electrical efficiency for more than a decade. Now a new report says it should turn its attention in a big way to improving the efficiency of the way it heats homes and other buildings.

Lawmakers called in 2008 for the state to weatherize a quarter of its buildings — about 80,000 of them — by 2020. With the state not on track to meet that goal, the Department of Public Service last year convened a special Thermal Efficiency Task Force to recommend ways to improve progress.

Its report said a typical household could save $1,000 a year on heat through efficiency measures. It also said another benefit would be big reductions in carbon emissions, and a better ability to withstand future fuel price shocks.