Success Stories

Mt. Snow Grand Summit Resort Hotel — West Dover

Mt. Snow Grand Summit Resort Hotel

Mount Snow’s Grand Summit Hotel and Conference Center has been keeping guests comfortable, year-round, for almost twenty years. Thanks to recent upgrades to the resort’s heating, ventilation, and cooling (HVAC) systems, that task will be more energy efficient than ever, as the hotel will begin saving $94,000 in electricity, annually. That’s enough to power 130 homes.

Swift House Inn — Middlebury

Swift House Inn

When Dan and Michelle Brown bought the Swift House Inn 11 years ago, the building, circa 1880, presented its share of challenges. It was expensive to heat and cool, and the Browns knew that in order to afford the level of service they planned to provide, they needed to become more energy efficient.

Twiggs Gastropub — St. Albans

Twiggs Gastropub
Twiggs Gastropub is fairly new to Saint Albans—it opened in 2013. But thanks to smart business practices, including an eye toward energy efficiency, the restaurant has managed to stay lean and profitable in a competitive market and is quickly becoming a downtown institution.

Ben & Jerry’s — Saint Albans

Ben & Jerry’s

Ben & Jerry’s of Saint Albans recently completed some major upgrades to their refrigeration and lighting equipment, helping them meet ambitious corporate sustainability goals and reduce their peak demand charges.

Sandy Pines Kennel — Essex

Sandy Pines Kennel
Jim Roche from Sandy Pines kennel was tired of his old tube lights burning out, so he called Efficiency Vermont to ask about rebates on newer, more efficient fluorescents. Customer Support Specialist Erin Farrell took the call and, through their conversation, Erin realized that Jim’s business would benefit even more from an upgrade to LEDs.

Lisai's Market — Chester

Third-generation grocer Lonnie Lisai is proud of the family business. Almost 90 years ago, his grandfather opened the first Lisai’s Market in Bellows Falls, then later opened Lisai’s in Chester, which Lonnie manages.

St.Albans Coop — St.Albans

St.Albans Coop

The St. Albans Cooperative Creamery has been processing milk and managing sales for their member-owners since 1919. Along with the processing plant they run the St. Albans Cooperative Store, a retail outlet stocked with agricultural and general supplies. The co-op has been a mainstay of Franklin County commerce for nearly 100 years and, thanks in part to some recent upgrades, is positioned to serve the community for many years to come.

Paramount Theatre — Rutland

Paramount Theatre

The Paramount Theatre has been a mainstay of downtown Rutland since 1914. While placing a high value on tradition, the theater has made some very forward-thinking upgrades over the years, including a recent stage lighting upgrade that’s saving them $3,120 annually.

Sterling Market — Johnson

Sterling Market

Business owner Mike Comeau was in the midst of renovating his newly leased grocery store space when an electrician pointed out that the existing lighting was very inefficient and would be costly to operate. Mike wanted to upgrade to more efficient lighting, but there simply wasn’t room in the budget.

Built by Newport — Newport

Built by Newport

Built by Newport teamed up with Efficiency Vermont to optimize and consolidate their vacuum pumps into a new system that uses half the horsepower. The project was financed through our Business Energy Loan program with an ROI of 2 years and positive cash flow from day one.

Hannaford — Rutland, VT


Like most grocery stores, Hannaford must carefully manage costs in order to be profitable. Keeping a large amount of fresh food on-hand is no simple task. A lot of energy goes into keeping the store well-stocked, and refrigeration costs account for a big part of overhead.

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Vermont — Berlin

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Vermont

In 2008, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Vermont spent more than $900 per day in electricity costs. Recently, the company has been spending less than $500 per day.

Brace Farm — Ferrisburg

Brace Farm

Brace Farm Incorporated is a dairy owned and operated by the Brace family since 1984. Twice per day, 140 Holsteins are milked in a tie stall, and over four million pounds of milk are shipped through the St. Albans Cooperative Creamery every year.

Isovolta Inc. — Rutland

Isovolta Inc.

Established in 1952, ISOVOLTA manufactures mica paper, tapes, and wrappers designed for application in high voltage electrical insulation systems used in large motors and generators. After over half a century in business, much of ISOVOLTA’s equipment matched the company in age.

Mehuron's Market — Waitsfield


Mehuron’s Market is a family-owned, independent grocery store located in the bustling ski town of Waitsfield. With an array of aging freezer and refrigerator cases, owner Tom Mehuron knew that it was time to begin upgrading.

Okemo Mountain Resort — Ludlow

Okemo Mountain Resort

Getting skiers and riders to the top of the mountain just got a lot more cost-effective, thanks to a recent innovation at Okemo Mountain Resort.

Carris Reels — Rutland

Carris Reels

Founded in Rutland, Vermont in 1951, Carris Reels, Inc. manufactures industrial reels and spools and now has nine locations throughout North America.

Mount Snow Grand Summit Resort Hotel — West Dover

Mount Snow Grand Summit Resort Hotel

The Mount Snow Grand Summit Resort Hotel stands just a few hundred feet from the end of Beaver Hill, Grand Summit Express lift, and several other mountain trails at the nearly sixty-year-old ski attraction in West Dover.

Thistle Hill Pottery — East Montpelier

Thistle Hill Pottery

Jennifer Boyer owns a small pottery studio in Montpelier. She and her husband are active in the community and dedicated to energy issues around the state.

Rochester Public Library — Rochester

Rochester Public Library

Built in 1840 as a church, the building that houses the Rochester Public Library has long been an important gathering place for the community—but it was cold in the winter months due to poor insulation and air sealing.