Customer Stories

Between 2000 and 2014 Efficiency Vermont has helped customers save over $1.6 billion on electric, heating, and water costs over the lifetime of the installed efficiency measures. These stories represent just some of the many ways we have worked with Vermonters to help them achieve these savings.

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Historic theater saves energy and staff time with better lighting

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 …

Energy-efficient construction with savings baked in

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 …

Compressed air improvements save manufacturer money

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 …

Iconic ice cream maker saves big

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 …

Improving home comfort, reducing firewood demand

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 …

Dairy farm saves with 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 …

Chairlift controls pay off after 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 …

Financing helps grocery store upgrade lighting

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. …

Financing allows furniture maker to grow

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 …

Brewery finances energy upgrade to reduce overhead

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 …

An older home gets energy upgrades

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 …

Blue Cross makes big strides toward sustainability and savings

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 …

Thriving under pressure: Husky Injection Molding Systems

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 …

Woodstock Inn saves with better hood fans

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, …

Country inn adds heating controls to keep costs down

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 …

Once-drafty home now toasty, saving $1,000 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 …