Ask the Expert: What is the Efficiency Excellence Network?
Efficiency Vermont manages the Efficiency Excellence Network (EEN), a network of efficiency trade professionals like contractors, retailers, and other local businesses. Learn more about the EEN in this interview with the EEN Program Manager.
Ask an Expert: How to choose insulation with the lowest carbon impact
Insulation materials have different carbon impacts. Efficiency Vermont Manager of Engineering, Brian Just, discusses the difference and how to make sure your next project has a lower carbon footprint.
How working in communities can help vulnerable Vermonters save energy and money
Each year Efficiency Vermont targets efforts in communities across the state. This year we’re focused on serving vulnerable communities in Winooski and Brattleboro.
Is it better to lease or buy an electric vehicle?
Should you lease or buy an electric vehicle? This guide breaks down the difference and helps decide which decision will work for you.
Are EVs better for the environment than gas-powered vehicles?
The latest research and advice from EV experts that answers questions about the environmental benefit of electric vehicle batteries.
Save money and cut your greenhouse gas emissions: An energy expert explains how
Great advice from an expert on how to make your home more comfortable and more affordable. By weatherizing our homes and, where it makes financial sense, investing in a heat pump. Vermonters can save money and help fight climate change at the same time.
How to save when fuel costs are high
You can use energy efficiency to offset the cost of high gas and fuel costs and maintain stable energy expenses into the future.
How to fix a wet, damp, or downright leaky basement
Learn how to dry out your wet basement by diverting water runoff, fixing leaks, eliminating condensation, and covering damp floors.
9 DIY projects to help you keep warm this winter
There are lots of steps you can take to make your home warmer during the winter. Try these DIY projects to stop wasting heat and start feeling more comfortable.
Growing the weatherization workforce to help Vermont meet climate goals
How can we grow our weatherization workforce that is hard at work helping Vermonters stay warm in their homes?
How a video call helped one couple stay cool this summer
A Barre couple learned more about their home during a Virtual Home Energy Visit. Today, they’re happily staying cool all summer with a heat pump.
10 ways NOT to save energy this winter, and what to do instead!
Don’t let yourself resort to these tactics to stay warm this winter – energy efficiency can help keep you comfortable and save money.
What kind of electric vehicle is right for you?
You’re ready to get an EV, but you’re still stuck. Should you get an all-electric vehicle or a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle? This guide breaks down the difference and helps decide which EV is right for you.
3 stories that show that heat pump systems work in Vermont homes
Three Vermonters share their stories of improving their comfort and saving energy in summer and winter by installing heat pumps.
Happy Fall! Energy efficiency meets the best of Vermont
Even though you may not be able to travel this fall, there are still so many ways you can enjoy the fall right here in Vermont. Did you know that some of your favorite fall activities are also related to energy efficiency?
Why does diversity, equity, and inclusion matter when it comes to energy efficiency?
Efficiency Vermont recently adopted a plan to expand access to energy efficiency services to all Vermonters. Efficiency Vermont’s DEI goals learn from national and regional efforts on diversity, equity, and inclusion in energy efficiency.
Will your efficiency improvements mean an increase of your resale value?
Will your efficiency improvements mean an increase of your resale value?
You'll never pump gas again with this guide to electric car charging
Many electric car buyers have questions about charging their new car. This guide covers how to charge your electric car at home, at work, or at a public charging station.
The top 5 reasons people think they don’t want an electric car
This guide addresses some of the common myths or concerns about driving an EV in Vermont. Answer your questions about electric vehicles so that you can feel confident that you’re making an informed choice.
The best way to spend less on commercial refrigeration
Commercial refrigeration found in supermarkets, convenience stores, restaurants and other food service businesses uses a lot of energy. Learn how to save on commercial refrigeration expenses by preventing refrigerant leaks and performing basic maintenance.
4 HVAC controls case studies that prove your building can save energy
Case studies of four Vermont large commercial buildings that optimized their HVAC building control to get energy savings.
9 tips to keep your house cool without air conditioning
When the summer weather heats up, turning on the air-conditioner means spending more on energy bills. This guide has nine ways for you to cool your home and minimize your use of air conditioning.
How unique partnerships will make lowering Vermont’s carbon footprint easier
Thanks to new, efficient heating technologies, a cleaner electric grid, and a deeper understanding of building science, Vermont is poised to make outdated heating equipment that burns harmful fossil fuels obsolete. This low-carbon energy system of the future isn’t as far off as you may think, and Vermont’s utilities are working together to make the future now.
Are advanced lighting controls right for my business?
Advanced lighting controls can save commercial buildings a lot of energy and come with a lot of benefits for occupants.
Food shelf refrigerators help get fresh produce to more Vermonters
In 2020, Efficiency Vermont launched limited-time offers to help human service non-profits serve more Vermonters during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Chester Andover Family Center & Food Shelf was one organization that benefited.
Why this year’s ENERGY STAR award is so important to us
Efficiency Vermont was recognized as an ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year for Sustained Excellence for our work to help low- and moderate-income Vermonters weather the pandemic.
How to use energy efficient solutions to make a healthier home
This guide provides quick fixes and long term solutions to make your home healthier and your household happier.
Ask an Expert: How to save energy when you work from home
After COVID-19 working from home may become a permanent situation for many. These energy saving practices can start you on a path to lower energy use and a more productive work environment for years to come.
How do we help more Vermonters weatherize their homes?
More moderate-income families have recently weatherized their homes. How does Efficiency Vermont and the state's network of weatherization providers help more Vermonters benefit from weatherization?
Three easy steps to get started on your home weatherization project
Benefits of weatherization include improving the comfort of your home and saving money on your fuel bills. This How To helps you figure out how to get started on your weatherization project.
Hard hit by pandemic, ski areas invest to stay resilient
• Vermont’s ski industry’s investment in energy efficiency has helped make them more resilient in the face of a pandemic. Learn how efficiency can help these iconic destinations stay resilient.
Efficiency helps one family restaurant focus on the future
When a couple took over ownership of the Readsboro Inn, a global pandemic wasn’t in their plans. Thanks to their community, they stayed open and this summer made an efficiency investment that will help them serve the community even better.
King Arthur Flour is on a quest to save energy and money
An energy efficient solution helped King Arthur Flour keep the kitchens cooler all year round, saving energy and money.
Helping Vermonters build resilience now and in the future
In a time of uncertainty, Efficiency Vermont is focused on helping Vermonters be more resilient, adapting to changing times, and ensuring energy savings are accessible to all Vermonters at the lowest possible cost.
How to reduce your carbon footprint at home
Having an impact on greenhouse gas emissions might seem daunting. But there are things you can do around your own home to reduce your carbon footprint.
How energy efficiency is helping to build resilience
2020 has required resilience from businesses and Vermonters alike. Learn how Burke Mountain, Landmark College, Gifford Hospital, and Commonwealth Dairy have found that energy efficiency and resilience go hand in hand.
How did one Vermont college take control of its energy savings?
Landmark College found that an efficiency project cut one building’s energy use in half – without installing any new equipment.
Top gift ideas for the energy saver in your life
Choosing gifts that help you use less energy while delivering comfort, convenience, and some of the latest cool gadgets is a no-brainer. Here are our picks for the latest green gifts this holiday season.
Weatherization can warm up your space while you work from home
How one Wardsboro couple upgraded from a dusty, drafty attic to a new home office thanks to a weatherization project.
New law shifts Efficiency Vermont into higher gear on transportation, thermal efficiency
Governor Scott recenty signed S.337 - the Energy Efficiency Modernization Act. This bill will allow Efficiency Vermont to do more to help Vermonters reduce their energy burden.
How to tighten up your home for better cold weather comfort (video)
Watch this video for professional tips on air-sealing your home. Locate common problem areas and learn how to seal them.
How to air seal and insulate your basement (video)
Watch this video for professional tips on air-sealing and insulating your basement. Locate common problem areas and learn how to seal them. In addition, explore the types of insulation that work best in a basement.
Top 3 reasons to get a home energy monitor
A home energy monitor may be able to help you find energy hogs in your home.
Vermont families save money and stay warm with weatherization
Several families share their stories of how weatherization helped them save money and feel more comfortable in their homes.
Who knew? 8 ways NOT to use a heat pump
You might be surprised by some of the ways a heat pump works differently than a boiler or furnace. If you want to minimize your energy use and maximize your comfort, here’s a few tips on what not to do.
The renter’s guide to energy savings
Renters can reduce their energy use and save money with a few simple, low-cost actions.
How to lower your monthly electricity costs
There are a few easy step you can take to lower your electric bill each month.
Lighting tips for fall and winter
Try these lighting tips to help manage your energy use during the long nights in fall and winter.
How to make your home net zero
Net zero is the balance between the power a home needs and the renewable energy you can generate to match the need. With new heating technology and lower-cost renewable energy systems, any home can get to net zero.
How to deal with hazardous building materials
Encountering hazardous materials during a home renovation is extremely common. Learn to identify, assess, and remediate these issues so they don't pose problems down the road.
How to defeat the summer peak
By reducing electricity usage during summer peak demand periods everyone saves money
Home buying with efficiency in mind
Energy use is an important consideration when shopping for a home
Weatherization makes more sense than ever during a pandemic
Button Up Vermont 2020 campaign launches to support Vermonters who want to weatherize their homes.
Ask the Experts: How to save energy when you are starting seeds
An interview with energy and gardening experts on starting seeds indoors efficiently and effectively.
How small dairy farms in Vermont can give themselves a pay raise
In the wake of the economic shutdown caused by COVID-19, Efficiency Vermont is supporting farms across Vermont with efficiency solutions to help them save money and increase revenues. In particular, Efficiency Vermont is helping small and medium dairy farmers install systems that cool milk faster, increasing the quality and revenue from the milk for farmers.
Why does it matter what time of day you use power?
When you use electricity is becoming increasingly important both financially and environmentally. Learn more about why timing matters and what you can do to shift your energy usage throughout the day.
A new Vermont brewery celebrates opening as one of the most energy efficient
Is Black Flannel Brewery the most energy efficient brewery in Vermont?
What do good cheese and energy efficiency have in common?
Cabot and its parent company, Agri-mark, know that both excellent cheddar cheese and energy efficiency take time and commitment.
13 ways your business can cut energy costs
How to save energy and money at your small business.
Together Vermonters can restart the economy
As we enter a new phase in our response to the COVID-19 crisis and begin to turn our focus to our economic recovery, Efficiency Vermont is helping stimulate economic activity through investing in energy efficiency improvements.
Your questions about smart homes, answered
What makes your home and appliances smart? Can smart homes help save energy? Answer these and more about this growing technology.
Your most frequently asked questions... answered!
We compiled our answers to some of the most frequently asked questions we get at Home Shows and other events around the state.
How to make your home "smarter" and save energy
Many people are turning to smart technologies to save energy. Use this guide to get started.
Energy activities for kids at home
Try these fun and educational activities, games, and songs with your kids to learn more about energy efficiency and clean energy.
Control optimizations get A+ results at Stowe High School
Stowe High School reduced their electric energy use by more than 25%. Electric savings of about 150,900kWh will be save the school $16,500 a year.
Bringing efficiency to those who need it most
Vermonters are looking toward energy efficiency to improve their homes.
Heat pumps help food shelf fight hunger
A new heat pump allows a community food shelf to keep cool and serve hungry community members efficiently.
How one Vermonter found herself on the path to net zero
When Karen and David first got an energy audit five years ago, they had no idea they were setting out on the path to a net zero home.
A guide to water heaters
Get the facts on what to look for when buying a water heater. Explore the top water heater types and learn more about each type of water heater.
How do we help Vermonters with 'Affordable Energy'?
Energy efficiency is one of the most affordable tools we have to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and save Vermonters money.
Vermont communities save big with local solutions
Efficiency Vermont works directly with communities across the state to help residents and businesses benefit from energy efficiency.
Keeping beer cold without warming the planet
New technology can help reduce energy waste and greenhouse gas emissions from refrigeration – a major source of emissions in Vermont.
A guide to home heating systems
Compare facts on some of the most popular choices for home heating systems, including boilers, furnaces, wood stoves, and heat pumps.
Modernizing energy efficiency
The changing energy landscape creates new opportunities for energy efficiency to help Vermonters save more than ever before.
Is a heat pump heating & cooling system right for you?
A heat pump helps you to maintain a comfortable temperature in your home year-round while using less energy than many other heating and cooling systems.
Publyk House serves up big savings with energy efficiency
The Publyk House is a favorite restaurant in Southern Vermont. Now it’s efficiency upgrades are making it more sustainable.
What is the impact of energy burden in Vermont?
Understanding energy burden can shed light on the impact of energy expenses on families and how efficiency can help lower those costs.
How to choose and install storm windows
Adding storm windows is far more affordable than replacing the windows if you're experiencing drafts or air leaks from aging windows.
Is a smart thermostat worth buying?
With a smart thermostat, you can make the most of your heating and cooling systems without wasting money or energy.
A homeowner's buying guide to insulation
Get the facts on the basic types of home insulation, where they are used, and why.
How to combine efficiency and solar energy to maximize benefits
Going solar, weatherizing your home, and moving away from systems that use fossil fuel can reduce your energy bill. This guide provides recommendations to optimize your investments in clean energy.
Don't leave money on the table for weatherization
Weatherization makes sense. Insulating and air sealing your home saves money, makes you more comfortable in the winter and the summer, and even improves health in your home.
Electric vehicles: your top questions answered
Electric cars can save you money on fuel and reduce your carbon footprint. More Vermonters are plugging in, but there’s a few things to consider before you make the switch. Below, we answer your most frequently asked questions.
Weatherization gets a shot in the arm
New legislation will help more Vermonters than ever before weatherize, save energy and feel more comfortable in their homes.
Electricity on ice: Rethinking energy savings and storage
Vermont utilities work together to provide energy savings and thought leadership on emerging flexible load management strategies for large energy users.
Keeping cool with heat pumps
Heat pumps aren't just for heating - they can help you stay cool and comfortable all summer long too.
Cannabis: A budding opportunity for energy savings
Growing cannabis is an energy intensive process. Energy efficiency can help save producers money and keep these businesses growing.
Energy efficiency unlocks climate change solutions
Energy efficiency can help Vermont meet its clean energy goals
Innovation watch: About Energy Savings Accounts
In 2019, we launched a new program to help some of the state’s biggest energy users save ever more throughout their facilities.
How efficiency's best makes its way to Vermont
Efficiency Vermont researches air to water heat pump technology, seeks to transform marketplace
Should you switch to wood pellet heating?
If you're planning to replace a home heating solution, a wood pellet heating system offers some unique benefits worth considering.
The case for air sealing
Air sealing is one of the least expensive and most cost-effective actions you can take to improve the comfort and energy-efficiency of your home or small business.
Winter tips to stay warm and save energy
Winters in Vermont are long and cold, and heating bills can be a strain on your budget. Get ready for winter, lower your monthly bills, and increase the comfort of your living or work space.
Reaching out to Button Up
Efficiency Vermont employees spent a day volunteering to help vulnerable Vermonters weatherize their homes.
Low-carbon fuel keeps Hardwick family warm
The Emersons warmed up their Hardwick home and gave themselves the gift of time with an advanced wood heat system.
Natural refrigerants are coming to Vermont
New refrigeration systems can help reduce significant greenhouse gas emissions, making a big impact on our state’s pollution.
Blue Seal doubles down on energy savings
By partnering with Efficiency Vermont on several projects, Blue Seal made a big dent in two of its biggest expenses: power and fuel.
3 easy ways to save money at your business
Tackling the three biggest energy users can help you start saving at your business today. Here are three low-risk, high-reward projects that will get you off and running.
How Vermont beer makers brew up savings
Several great local breweries joined together to compare notes on how energy efficiency could help them keep costs down and flavors up.
How to find the light that's right for you
Use this handy tool to find out how much you can save by switching to ENERGY STAR LED lighting.
How to finance your business's energy-saving project
A businessperson’s guide to financing energy improvements that save you money from day one.
Maple High Brix yields sweet success for sugarers
Sugaring is a key part of the Vermont economy, but it uses a lot of fuel. Here’s one example of how energy efficiency can help.
When to repair or replace your windows
Windows in disrepair often look worse than they are. Start with easy updates—add weather-stripping and window locks, hang energy-efficient window treatments, and install storm windows.
How VT electric savings fund heating efficiency
Vermonters save money when they save electricity through efficiency. But electric efficiency helps support heating efficiency in VT too.
Partnership to help Vermonters who need it most
We partner with weatherization agencies, non-profits, and efficient home builders to better serve low- and moderate-income families.
Make the most of variable frequency drives
Wondering whether VFDs are a good fit for your business? Learn more about how they can deliver maximum savings.
Energy justice for all Vermonters
Some families spend over 20% of their income on energy expenses – energy efficiency can help reduce costs for families who need it the most.
Lighting is at the core of VT Cider Co.'s savings
A local hard cider company found that lighting controls in their warehouse helped save money and make a better environment for employees.
Custom solutions help local businesses do more for Vermonters
Energy efficiency has helped local small businesses – from granite supply to hospitality – save money and serve their customers.
Your local store is keeping costs down with energy efficiency
A few popular locally-owned grocery and convenience stores turned to energy efficiency to keep the lights on and the beer cold.
How to choose energy efficient lighting for your home (video)
Watch this handy video on how to look for and install energy efficient LED lighting in your home.
How one couple's dream home is energy efficient and eco-friendly
Kelly and Rachel worked with Efficiency Vermont to transform their efficient and sustainable dream home into a reality they enjoy every day.
How much electricity does your home use?
With this chart, you'll be able to see how quickly your energy bill can add up when you use appliances and lighting not manufactured with energy efficiency in mind.
Keeping Vermont’s efficiency standards high
Learn more about energy efficiency standards and how they can help keep costs down for all Vermonters when buying new appliances.
Jericho Settlers Farm grows more for less
Efficiency Vermont and Jericho Settlers farm worked with partners to improve efficiency and make sure the farm could continue to grow their business.
Invest in energy upgrades to avoid losing money
Learn how an investment in energy efficient lighting can reduce your monthly bill and improve the space in your small business. The infographic below provides a real example of the savings your small business could be missing out on.
Do you know how efficient your home is?
This handy calculator can give you an estimate of how efficient your home is. You’ll need the square footage of your home and your energy bill (electric and heating).
Vermont maple sugar makers tap energy savings
Maple sugaring is a delicious but energy intensive process. Energy efficiency saves on fuel to help keep the syrup flowing for less.
Businesses at the heart of the Green Mountain State invest in efficiency
Ben & Jerry’s, Keurig, and BlueCross BlueShield have found that efficiency helps them reduce operating costs and grow their businesses.
How to avoid hiring the wrong contractor
You’re ready to tighten up your home or business, but the project is beyond what you want to do on your own. Use this four-step guide as a checklist to help you find the right contractor.
Better Buildings by Design 2017
Annual conference brings green energy workforce together, helps make Vermont more affordable, helps the economy
One county's energy upgrades save thousands of dollars
Orleans County installed energy efficiency upgrades in county buildings that are saving taxpayers thousands of dollars each year.
Button Up Day: A success from Glover to Brattleboro
Communities across the state hosted a day of workshops, trainings, giveaways, and more for as part of the 2016 Button Up Vermont campaign.
Can a smart home save energy?
A home energy management system can connect and manage all of your smart and connected home devices. It may also be able to save you energy.
Energy efficiency has its day(s)
In honor of Energy Efficiency Day 2016, we share some of the ways we celebrate energy efficiency in Vermont and how you can join in.
Here's to helping Vermont brewers save money
The growing craft beer industry in Vermont embraces the importance of energy efficiency to help reduce costs and keep making delicious beer.
How to choose the best quality LED bulb
Your best option for a high-quality, long lasting, energy saving bulb is to buy ENERGY STAR® certified LED bulbs. Use this guide to choose the right light bulb(s) for your home or small business.
14th Star Brewery toasts to $230,000 in savings
A state-of-the-art brewery in Vermont upgrades their energy efficiency and saves $16,000 a year on energy costs.
Can energy efficiency serve Vermont downtowns?
Vermont’s historic downtowns offer a glimpse of the past and an opportunity for energy and cost savings to help with future growth.
Vermont dairy processing facilities save & grow
Efficiency Vermont helps dairy processing industry save money and energy
3 easy ways to save money at your dealership
Tackling the three biggest energy users can help you start saving at your auto dealership today. Here are three low-risk, high-reward projects that will get you off and running.
Working together to tackle fuel poverty in Vermont
How Vemonters can work together make heating more affordable for low-income households
Buyer beware: Not all LEDs are created equal
The next time you need a new lightbulb, make sure you’re buying an efficient LED bulb that will be sure to help you save energy and money.
How to weatherize your attic yourself (video)
Most homes in Vermont can be made more comfortable by properly air-sealing and adding insulation. This How To focuses on one of the most important areas of the home for weatherization: the attic.
How efficiency saved a town (energy and money)
Efficiency Vermont worked with the St. Albans community to save energy and avoid the need for expensive system upgrades.
How did simple efficiency solutions help Husky save?
A large business in Milton found that energy efficiency was a critical solution to bring costs down and boost their business.