One county's energy upgrades save thousands of dollars

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Orleans County, VT

When Orleans County completed two major energy efficiency projects, area taxpayers had reason to celebrate. That’s because efficiency improvements to the county courthouse and sheriff’s department cut yearly energy bills by more than $6,000. Today, the buildings feature energy-saving lighting, air sealing and insulation, and heating systems. In addition to the cost savings, the buildings stay warm all winter and provide safer, well-lit spaces, inside and out.

In addition to lowering costs and increasing comfort, the upgrades improved working conditions for courthouse staff. Workers used to dread going into the damp, dark, spider-inhabited basement. Now, the basement storage and break rooms are well lit, dry, useful spaces. A basement dehumidifier, which was being emptied twice per day, is no longer needed.

“I am still in shock how much was improved in these two buildings and the diligent work Efficiency Vermont and our local contractors did to make our projects a success.”

Mary Ann Fletcher, Treasurer, Orleans County

Efficiency Vermont worked with the County as part of its partnership with the Agency of Commerce and Community Development (ACCD) and other statewide partners to help communities across Vermont take advantage of energy efficiency. Since 2016, Efficiency Vermont has worked with 19 community areas.

“This saves taxpayers money and improves important community buildings, benefiting Orleans County for years to come.”

Mary Ann Fletcher, Treasurer, Orleans County

In each area, we partner with other efficiency and distribution utilities, Regional Planning Commissions, town energy committees coordinated by the Vermont Energy and Climate Action Network (VECAN), the Vermont Council on Rural Development, and other local organizations to help raise awareness of efficiency and help residents, businesses, and the municipality invest in efficiency. In Newport, Efficiency Vermont delivered on-site energy consultations, workshops, and objective guidance on optimal energy-saving approaches for homes, commercial and government buildings, and farms.