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Since 2000 Efficiency Vermont has helped customers achieve significant savings on electric, heating, and water costs. These stories represent just some of the many ways we have worked with Vermonters to help them achieve these savings.

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VT Hard Cider finds the sweet side of lighting design

Vermont Hard Cider’s warehouse is a clean, sweet-smelling space stacked high with cider (including their flagship brand, Woodchuck). Until recently, though, outdated, inefficient lighting was slowing …

The Murphey home is energy efficient and eco-friendly

Kelly Murphey had always dreamed of building his own home in the mountains, but never thought it would be possible while still in his twenties. Thanks to some creative partnerships with his employer- …

Jericho Settlers Farm grows year-round with solar and efficiency power

15 years ago, Christa Alexander and Mark Fasching started selling the extra produce from their prolific vegetable garden. They invested in some chickens, then some livestock, some more land, and …

Financing process improvement saves Copeland Furniture $10K

Tim Copeland’s furniture designs are all about clean lines and efficiency. Still, when it came to energy efficiency around the factory floor, the owner/designer found it hard to get excited. Usually …

Jolley saves with LED lighting, beer caves

The lights are always on at Jolley convenience stores. With 35 locations in Vermont—nine of them open 24 hours—the locally owned, popular convenience store chain is figuring out ways to cut energy …

Higher Ground tunes into lighting for savings

The stage lights at Higher Ground shine brightly on artists like Wilco, Henry Rollins, Grace Potter, and The Roots. With musical performances several times per week in a building that dates back to …

Champlain Orchards grows energy savings by $35,000

Champlain Orchards is one of the oldest operating orchards in Vermont. It’s also one of the most energy efficient apple growing enterprises in the Green Mountain State, thanks to new …

Adams North Barre Granite carves out $58,000 in annual energy savings

Adams North Barre, Vermont’s leading and oldest producer of customized granite memorials, is building a rock solid future by reducing energy costs. Processing granite uses a significant amount …

14th Star Brewery toasts to $230,000 in savings

What was once a St. Albans bowling alley is now a state-of-the-art brewery and home to 14th Star Brewing Co. The brewery, founded by U.S. Army veteran Steven Gagner, has grown from making 200 barrels …

Twiggs Gastropub takes a $2K bite out of bills

Since opening in 2013, Twiggs Gastropub in downtown St. Albans has managed to stay lean and profitable while quickly becoming a downtown favorite. Success in the restaurant industry isn’t easy& …

Swift House Inn reduces costs with guest room heating controls

When Dan and Michelle Brown bought the Swift House Inn 11 years ago, the 1880s building was expensive to heat and cool. The Browns knew that in order to provide a high level of service to their …

Lisai’s Market saves $11k per year with LED and refrigeration upgrades

Lisai’s market, like most grocery stores, has high energy costs. Coolers and freezers work hard around the clock, and lights must be kept on more than thirteen hours each day. Third-generation …

Efficient modular home saves $3k per year on energy costs

Simone Colby lives with her kids in a high-performance modular home in Vergennes. While Colby's new home approximates the size and shape of the mobile home that once sat on the same site, that is …

Ben & Jerry’s saves $89k annually on efficiency improvements at St. Albans plant

Ben & Jerry’s of St. Albans is driven by corporate sustainability goals to continually reduce energy use, and is always looking for high-impact projects to achieve savings. The plant also needed to …

Ward’s drafty home is now toasty and saves $1k each year

Jessica Gulley-Ward and Kevin Ward’s Bennington ranch had some issues. Attic spaces weren’t properly sealed and the dirt-floor basement, which extended into a crawl space underneath the bedrooms, was …

LED stage lighting saves the Paramount Theater $11k per year

The Paramount Theatre has been a mainstay of downtown Rutland since 1914. While placing a high value on tradition, the theater has also thrived by being forward thinking, including in its approach …

Hanlon home gets energy upgrades and saves $750 per year

Paul Hanlon and his partner Mimi built their home in the late 1970s. At the time, its energy efficiency features were state of the art. But 35 years later they wondered if they could reduce their …

Financing helps Sterling Market save with lighting upgrades 

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 inefficient and expensive to operate. …

Built by Newport saves $24k per year with help of Business Energy Loan

When high-end furniture manufacturer Built by Newport needed to upgrade its vacuum pumps, the co-owner contacted Efficiency Vermont. Efficiency Vermont was able to help the company optimize and …

Brace Farm cuts energy bills by $7,600 per year with dairy equipment upgrades

Brace Farm milks 140 Holsteins twice per day and ships 4 million pounds of milk through the St. Albans Cooperative Creamery each year. Collecting, cooling, and shipping this volume of milk is an …

Blue Cross saves $76k per year and receives ENERGY STAR status 

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Vermont was spending more than $900 per day in electricity costs at its Berlin headquarters. But with strategic energy upgrades, the company is now spending less than $500 …

Behrendt family improves comfort and reduces firewood demand by over 20%

Lynn and Buddy Behrendt’s 1860s farmhouse used to require six to seven cords of wood to heat each winter, and it was still drafty and cold. After hearing from his neighbor about efficiency work …

Woodstock Inn saves $15k with kitchen hood fan upgrades

The historic Woodstock Inn & Resort attracts visitors from all over the globe. It strives to make each guest comfortable while staying dedicated to its mission as a sustainable business. In 2013, …

U-Mall saves $30k annually with LEDs in the parking garage

At one time, University Mall paid roughly $5,000 to light its parking garage. Jason Steward, property manager for the mall, saw an opportunity to save and contacted Efficiency Vermont. As with any …

Shelburne Museum saves big with energy efficient construction and design

Shelburne Museum in Shelburne Vermont is home to some of the finest art in the world. Efforts to preserve and display this vast art collection once sent energy costs soaring. In response to this …

Okemo Mountain Resort sees return on chairlift controls project in less than six months

Okemo Mountain Resort, like many other Vermont ski areas, is always on the lookout for ways to save energy. A recent opportunity was found in one of the resort’s most basic areas of operation: the …

Northshire Brewery finances energy upgrades to save $12k annually

Northshire Brewery owner Chris Mayne contacted Efficiency Vermont when he realized that his equipment was using far too much power. Efficiency Vermont helped identify the issue and solution, plus …

King Arthur Flour expansion bakes in $27k savings with efficient construction

King Arthur Flour understands the baker’s experience. This has led to incredible growth for the employee-owned company. To provide its customers with “the ultimate baking experience,” King Arthur …

Keurig Saving $725K, Annually

Along with its award-winning coffees and innovative brewing technology, Keurig Green Mountain, Inc. incorporates energy efficiency into designs and strategies. Keurig Green Mountain has a deep …

Husky Injection Moldings saves $160k annually with simple process improvements

Making technical injection molds relies on some heavy-duty machines that draw a significant amount of power. To understand just how much, Husky worked with Efficiency Vermont to install submeters …

Compressed air improvements save Carris Reels over $190k a year

Founded in Rutland, Vermont, in 1951, Carris Reels, Inc., manufactures industrial reels and spools across nine locations in North America. Its success is due in part to eliminating waste wherever it …

Commonwealth Dairy focuses on quality and efficiency, saves $138k a year

In 2009 Commonwealth Dairy, LLC built a state-of-the art production facility in Brattleboro. By basing operations in Southern Vermont they chose to capitalize on local dairy production. But they also …

Circulator pump upgrade provides savings and insights at Bennington College

In 2014, Bennington College took part in an Efficiency Vermont pilot study on high performance circulator pumps, to increase the efficiency of their campus heating system. Traditional circulator …

Burlington International Airport expands and saves over $147,000 annually

A few years ago, Burlington International Airport (BTV) sorely needed to add parking and make capital improvements. They wanted to expand their facility to increase their parking capacity and improve …