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Vermont Foam Insulation is partnered with an independent energy auditor who provides customers with enrollment in the Home Performance with Energy Star program (HPwES). This program is administered by Efficiency Vermont.

What is an energy audit?

An energy audit is a comprehensive examination of the function of the building as it related to the production and retainage of energy.

Benefits of an Energy Audit

First and foremost is the health and safety of the occupants of the building.  An audit includes crucial testing of combustion equipment to ensure satisfactory performance, both before and after the subsequent insulation work. This testing of equipment provides customers with critical information about home performance such as making sure that the building heating plant does not backdraft carbon monoxide.

In addition, the evaluation of the building’s tightness using a blower door test helps to highlight areas of the building envelope that leak air. This helps to determine where the greatest gains can be made for energy efficiency improvements.

Why Choose VFI to conduct Your Energy Audit

Our goal is to provide our customers with the greatest possible value for their investment.  For VFI, this means maximizing the ratio of rebate dollars to insulation costs. We often recommend this avenue to our customers, and those that do so, are then eligible for cash rebates that can equal as much as $2500. Over the history of the company, VFI has completed over 600 of home performance jobs. This resulted in over $550,000 in cash rebates that has been provided to our customers.

We engage our customers with the intention of not having any up front costs, so prefer to recommend free site evaluations first and then recommend an energy audit only after the site visit validates the need for an audit. Our past customers have responded particularly well to this method as it does not incur initial upfront financial cost. In the event that an audit makes sense and a customer decides to move forward with our service. As a general rule-of-thumb, we find that the rebate often equals about 10% of the total installation costs, with some obvious variabilities.   

Commercial Build Energy Audits

This program is known as Building Performance with Energy Star (BPwES) - For small business and rental owners, municipal and commercial buildings, a similar program to Home Performance with Energy Star is available for those consider efficiency upgrades. Building owners are eligible for up to $5000 in cash rebates for air sealing and insulating. Vermont Foam has completed several commercial style projects for its customers over the years.

Rebate Information

An energy audit is a unique service that utilizes advanced diagnostic equipment and the skills of a certified auditor to better understand the thermal performance of your home as well as your heating plant and distribution system.  A major component of all our diagnostic site visits is a blower-door test. Use of this powerful fan requires some homeowner cooperation and preparation.

All VFI auditors are Building Performance Institute certified home energy auditors.  Additionally, VFI is a partner in the Home Performance with Energy Star program through Efficiency Vermont.

There is a simple chain of events that takes place in order for you to receive a rebate from Efficiency Vermont. You, as the customer, can start the ball rolling by filling out this form. In response to that, we will schedule the audit test-in. After you have decided to move forward with the efficiency upgrades and the work is completed, we then schedule a subsequent test-out. About four weeks after the test-out, you can expect to receive a check in the mail.

The rebate is broken into two categories: 1) Air infiltration & 2) Square Footage. The tighter we make the building, the more money you will receive. The more area we upgrade, the more money you will get back. The first category, air infiltration, is broken down into subcategories. 10% or great reduction, 20% or greater reduction and 35% or greater reduction in air infiltration all dictate how much money you get back. Once our insulation and air sealing work is completed we will return to your building to perform a "test-out" to verify the reduction in air infiltration. We submit all this information on your behalf to Efficiency Vermont. Once you have completed the audit test-in, the insulation/air sealing work and the test-out, you will receive a correspondence from Efficiency Vermont. It will contain a document that you must print, sign and return to Efficiency Vermont. Without this document, you will NOT receive your rebate. After the test-out please be on the lookout for this letter!

Not everyone receives a report. For those that pay an additional fee for a written report, we make every effort to get you your report as quickly as possible.  We should have you your report within 10 business days. Otherwise, we consider our proposal for work to be an alternative to providing a written report.

In the event that you are unable to be present, or do not wish to be – we can complete the audit without you present. Rest assured that we will treat your home with the utmost respect and leave it as clean as we found it. Of course collaboration with the homeowner is a critical step in the audit process.  A sit-down discussion will precede the diagnostic testing and a brief discussion of the auditor’s findings is possible before he leaves. The more that the auditor is able to move through your home in a systematic manner, the greater the likelihood that nothing will be overlooked.

Typically an audit will take about 3-hours to complete.  Obviously the size and complexity of the building will affect how long we are on site. Typically, an audit test-out is slightly quicker.

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What Our Customers Are Saying

  • Btw, it's simply amazing what a difference the basement insulation has made already. This morning I walked barefoot from the kitchen (over uninsulated crawlspace--always has a cold floor) into the dining room. The difference in floor temperature was startling.

    Jonathan, Norwich, VT
  • 10Q so much for "foaming" us.We are blown away by the incredible work. Your crew was equally kind and personable. We look forward to working with you again and will be showing our family our Foam Home at Thanksgiving. Thanks again

    Julie, Ludlow, VT
  • I can't tell you how pleased we are with the outcome of that huge roof project this Fall. It might have seemed a foolish expense and a waste to replace all those nice old boards and shingles, to end up with a roof that looked just the same as it did before.

    Tim & Kay, West Chesterfield, NH
  • Happy New Year to you both! Buddy and I just wanted to give you an update on our home since we had the insulation installed last summer. We are VERY pleased with how cozy the house is and are constantly amazed at the evenness of the temperature.

    Lynn & Buddy, WIndham, VT
  • Dear Willy and Crew, Thank you so very much for a job well done. We are proud and excited about the heating savings. You run a fine operation. Please let us know if you need a reference in the Brattleboro / Guilford area. We would be happy to provide one. Fondly, Richard and Ann-Marie

    Richard & Ann-Marie, Brattleboro, VT
  • As far as our dealings with Vermont Foam Insulation are concerned - they were good (very good).

    Sheila & Sam, Landgrove, VT
  • VFI did an insulation job for me last year in Wallingford, VT. Just have to say. WOW! What a difference! For the first time since we have owned the house the thermostat actually gets to the set temperature. We estimate we will save about $2600 on our heating bill alone this year!

    Scott & Wendy, Wallingford, VT
  • I cant believe how warm the bathroom on the new master side is and the powder room on the front of the house. What a difference! Thanks so much for your patience and hand holding throughout the process. The guys were hard working and respectful and a pleasure.

    Toby, Winhall, VT
  • It's been a pleasure working with you and your guys. Matt and Chris did a fantastic job. They were friendly, courteous, professional, and left the place clean and ready for our next phases.

    Chris, Arlington, VT
  • Pretty incredible.

    Joan & Barry R., Winhall, VT
  • Your crew did a fantastic job insulating our re model job. Everyone worked hard,kept the job neat, and did some hard crawl space work without a single complaint! Would recommend your company to anyone that asked me, and will have you back on any job I need insulation work. Thank you!

    Douglas H., Townshend, VT
  • Great job! Good plan. Workers competent. Right on schedule. Your weatherization reduced my airflow by 57 %.

    Elias P., Townshend, VT
  • These guys were great! The product and results are amazing. I highly recommend them. Honest and hardworking group.

    Ethan M., New London, NH
  • I appreciate VFI's responsiveness. Good company to do business with. Work was well done.

    Barry B., Manchester, VT
  • The crew was on time, worked efficiently, and did a great job. The area that was foamed is very tight, there are no gaps or drafts, and it is very efficient.

    Russ H., Ludlow, VT
  • Professional, prompt and great customer service. It came out great! Quality products!

    K.W., Ludlow, VT
  • Very professional.

    Joe S., East Dover, VT
  • The boys did a great job for us on a renovation project we did on an 1830's brick house in S Londonderry

    Michael G., South Londonderry, VT
  • VFI has been great with good info and fast fast response.

    Drew F., Dalton, MA
  • Will has been great with good info and fast fast response (sic)

    Thomas H., South Londonderry, VT
  • I waited until the coldest part of winter was over before giving this review. Improvement in heating and comfort was amazing. We no longer have 8 - 10 foot icicles on the back roof. The previous year the icicles were so large that when they crashed down they broke the deck railing.

    Peter M., Jamaica, VT
  • Your company was very professional and made the process quick and easy for us. We appreciate how neat and tidy you left the job and the quality of the work. We felt the difference in our home right away. Insulating our basement was a great investment.

    Pat G., Ludlow, VT
  • Your professional work at my home lead me to recommend Vermont Foam for the total insulation of the new addition at our church. We are very pleased with the quality of the work.

    Bob L., Bondville, VT
  • Your installers worked together as a perfect team, and their efficiency is reflected in the great job they did. Even their clean up was impressive; they left the attic in a spotless condition.

    Ray B., Newfane, VT
  • Excellent crew - appreciated their positive attitude, even when issues came up. Thanks!

    Peter V., Brattleboro, VT
  • Things went great at the cottage. Thank you so much.

    Bob & Sandra D., South Londonderry, VT
  • Work done on time . Nice people to talk to and to work with. Great job!

    George R., Wardsboro, VT
  • We have a house built in 1776. We had Vermont Foam do our basement and it helped keep our place much warmer in the winter. Gone were all the chilly drafts. And we burned 40% less fuel oil last winter. I heartily recommend Vt Foam Insulation.

    Eric T. , Chester, VT
  • Good workers....know there business

    Cliff H., Mount Holly, VT
  • Great service and work!

    Lois C., Woodstock, VT
  • Vermont Foam was on time, was in and out more quickly than I expected and did a great job. They had very little over spray, and cleaned up well. I would use them again if I had more foaming.

    Charles H., Shaftsbury, VT
  • Amazing workmanship and so timely. House is so much warmer. Customer service was impeccable. Highly recommend.

    Shea S., Londonderry, VT
  • VFI did a great job at my house. We had an old drafty stone-walled basement - full height and crawlspaces. VFI covered the dirt-floored crawlspaces with a heavy-duty plastic we had found & foamed the basement walls from the sills down to the plastic vapor barrier. Made a huge difference.

    Jim S., Dorset, VT
  • Solid crew and quality work. I had them do work to a vacation home and was not there to supervise. Everything was done right the first time.

    Jeffery T., Barnard, VT
  • Fast and efficient.

    Matt C., South Londonderry, VT
  • Energy Audit -- was done very professionally. Very happy.

    Paul W., Manchester, VT
  • Great Service! Fast, show up on time as scheduled and do what is takes to get the job done. These guys take insulation seriously and seal things up properly.

    Ryan P., Peru, VT
  • Excellent, professional installation with minimal mess, and nice clean up, as well as follow up to ensure everything was just right.Highly recommended in all respects, including reasonable cost.

    Ray B., Newfane, VT
  • Excellent company to work with through entire process, responsive, timely, courteous, reliable. The application of the foam was meticulous. Even in a basement no migration to walls, pipes or floor. Result were great. Significant decrease in heating cost and moisture in basement minimized.

    Liz B., Brattleboro, VT
  • Excellent job on my basement and crawl space in Newport NH. I was so satisfied, I will be also using Vermont Foam Insulation at my home in Gilsum NH in a few months.

    Mike B., Newport, NH
  • Your crew came in and did a great job and cleaned you after themselves. I am very satisfied and we are ready for the cold weather when it gets here. Thanks Paul

    Paul P., Springfield, VT
  • VT Foam wrote up a quote on the spot, did a test on my building, came back to spray exactly when they said they would, did terrific prep work, cleaned up after, ran a new test on the building and submitted (via electronic download) paperwork to Efficiency Vermont - ALL in a seamless,... Read More

    Liz F., West Dover, VT
  • The old drafty house now holds warmth in.

    Ed B., Rupert, VT
  • The entire team at Vermont Foam were a pleasure to deal with from the start of our project thru to completion, including dealing with Efficiency Vermont. They explained what is involved with the insulation process very clearly.

    Hallie L., Rupert, VT
  • Timely service. Very professional and knowledgeable.

    Stratton Mt., VT
  • ...We've been uncertain how we'll insulate the pony wall and the eaves, and had been considering wool insulation, regular fiberglass insulation, and blown cellulose. Now, Will is here to check out the house and tell us what he thinks about it being a candidate for foam.

    Tyler K., Arlington, VT
  • I have used you all from your beginnings and think the world of you and your expertise. Of course I love my warm home too.

    Ian M., Rockingham, VT
  • You are the very best.

    Kaye M., Dorset, VT
  • VFI made the project happen with ease and the crew were friendly and competent.

    Daniel O., North Springfield, VT
  • VFI did a great job on my basement. Arrived as scheduled and cleaned up very well when done.

    Paul A., Belmont, VT
  • Good service. We're happy.

    Russ M., Manchester, VT
  • We have used VFI for a bunch of jobs now, and continue to give them the opportunity to do our work in the future. As a GC, it's comforting to use the same trusted subs for our jobs.

    Peter C., Manchester, VT
  • Excellent, and professional job. These guys work extremely hard doing s very difficult job. Will was great to work with.

    Richard H., Chittenden, VT
  • The installers were very professional and check the work site over before starting. They explained the entire process and did a great job of covering area of our basement so they would not get any insulation on them during the spraying process.

    Scott D., Arlington, VT
  • Professional from first contact to completion of job. Great communication. Attention to cleanliness. Concern for customer satisfaction. Could not ask for more!

    Dottie S., Sandgate, VT
  • We were more than pleased with the service and the results. Intend to use company again once we have moved to house permanently.

    Jeanne, Weston, VT
  • I waited to write a review until the winter set in so I could really test my new insulation. President's weekend 2016 (record cold -20 degrees at my house in Weston), and my great room was toasty warm !

    Birgit S., Weston, VT
  • Good company to work with. They are thorough & informative.

    Keith H., Winhall, VT