COVID-19 Update:

To protect the health of our staff and our customers, Efficiency Vermont offices are closed to the public. We have cautiously begun scheduling project related site visits when required. You can find more information on our safety protocols here.

We know that you need support in reducing energy costs now more than ever, and we will continue to launch new offers and programs over the course of the summer. In the mean time, our customer support team is available to help you remotely. Contact us at (888) 921-5990 or

Saving $815
per year
Saving 2,068
kWh per year
“In this business there are two ways to make money: raising your rates and reducing costs. Energy efficiency allows us to cut costs without cutting services, and I think our guests understand and appreciate that.”
Dan Brown ,
Business Story - 2015 - Middlebury, Franklin County 

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 guests, they needed to make the inn more energy efficient.

One solution was installing a guest room energy management system: a wireless control network that automatically adjusts guest room temperature on the basis of occupancy. Guests control the thermostat when in the room, but empty rooms return to a preprogrammed temperature to save energy. Upon the guests’ return, the system resets to the temperature most recently selected, and most people never even notice the difference.

The Browns worked with Efficiency Vermont to evaluate the system before investing, to get a solid understanding of how much energy and money they would actually save. Efficiency Vermont’s savings projections take into account building specifics, heating systems, and even local weather patterns. The innkeepers then hired local contractor J.W. & D.E. Ryan to install the system, and to help them get it up and running.

The savings are already being put to good use. Updates to the rooms—including new furnishings, linens, and bathroom renovations—are ongoing, as are improvements to the building exterior and grounds. Says Dan Brown, “Our guests enjoy a sense of history, but they don’t actually want to feel like they’re in the 1800s.”

Contact our customer support team to discuss energy improvement projects in your business.