Greetings readers! February is in full swing now, bringing with it lower temps and higher heating costs. With tax season looming, many of us are looking for ways to lower our budgets and save a few dollars. One effective place to cut spending is on your energy needs. There are big financial (and environmental) benefits to living in a more energy efficient, ‘greener’ home. Small, easy changes like lowering the thermostat when you go out or hanging thermal curtains can make a difference. For those of us looking to go bigger, there are lots of resources and programs here in Vermont that can help! Keep reading for links to some of these. Plus, this is a real estate newsletter, so it wouldn't be complete without a few property listings!