Happy Fall! Energy efficiency meets the best of Vermont
Seven Days’ “Staytripper” recently reminded us that even though we might not be able to travel out of state this fall, there is so much to enjoy in this beautiful fall season here in Vermont. That got us thinking: many of Vermont’s most scenic businesses are also among the most efficient. We put together some suggestions for an efficient “staycation” through the best Vermont has to offer!
Fall is apple season! Did you know that some of Vermont’s finest orchards and cideries have also taken steps to be more efficient? As you’re practicing safe social distancing this fall, stop by Swanton Orchards or another pick-your-own orchard to pick apples and make something delicious for the whole family. Or to enjoy the fruits of someone else’s labor, pick up a pack of cider from Vermont Cider Co’s efficient cidery in Middlebury.
As you head into another weekend, you can have fun and stay socially distanced by checking out some of Vermont’s finest breweries. Did you know that these top breweries are also top in energy efficient practices? The new Black Flannel Brewery in Essex Junction incorporated efficiency throughout its new facility. Harpoon Brewery has invested in efficient brewery practices for years at its brewery in Windsor. That’s not all – Efficiency Vermont has worked with many more breweries throughout the state to help everyone save money while they brew their delicious beers.
Many of Vermont’s premier ski resorts offer scenic chair lift rides. Efficiency Vermont has worked with many ski resorts across Vermont, like Okemo Mountain, to improve the efficiency of their chair lifts, snow making, and more across the resorts. Chairlift or gondola rides are the perfect way to see the sites while staying safe this fall!
Jericho Settlers Farm is one diversified farm that’s expanded its offerings to grow food all year round. Energy efficiency helps them grow food in greenhouses without high energy bills. You can check out their latest bounty and pick up dinner supplies at their farm stand, where you’ll also find treats from other local producers.
Enjoy some of the best views in Southern Vermont from the deck at The Publyk House in Bennington. In the past few years, this scenic spot has undergone efficiency upgrades to tighten up the original barn while maintaining their delicious quality of food and homey ambiance.
Barre is known for its granite quarries and beautiful granite creations, like those at Adams Granite Co. While the quarries are closed due to COVID-19, you can see some of their craftsmanship at the nearby Hope Cemetery. Hope Cemetery is home to many of the city’s past granite workers and other loved ones buried beneath beautiful granite statuary and tombstones.
Even though Vermont’s favorite delicacy is made in the late winter, you can celebrate maple sugar all year round. The State’s Vermont Vacation program has put together a list of the top ten ways to learn more about maple syrup and enjoy some of this delicious treat! Maple sugar makers across the state have made investments in energy efficiency to cut down on the energy needed to produce your favorite breakfast topping.
One of the best ways to see the best of Vermont’s colors this fall while maintaining social distance is to rent an eBike and head out on the Lamoille Valley Rail Trail. Did you know you could also get your own eBike? Many of Vermont’s utilities now have incentives to help with the upfront cost of this new, efficient way to get around town. Reach out to your utility for more information.