Vermont digs in on incentives to boost geothermal heat pumps

The technology has strong potential to help electrify homes, but high costs and logistical challenges still put it out of reach for most homeowners.

Efficiency Vermont, Regional Development Corps. team up to give struggling businesses a boost 

Companies with stalled energy efficiency projects can get extra incentives to move upgrades forward, reduce operating costs 

Public comment sought as part of Efficiency Vermont performance assessment

Efficiency Vermont joins effort to reduce energy burden of transportation

New programs to raise public awareness, prepare supply chain for demand increase

Online tool helps homeowners assess, share their homes’ energy efficiency virtues

VPPSA, Efficiency Vermont partnership builds resilience in Barton

 Vermont Public Power Supply Authority (VPPSA) is partnering with Efficiency Vermont to bring unique program offers that help Barton Village Electric Department customers save money by lowering the cost of investing in energy efficiency.

Efficiency Vermont announces 2nd annual appliance recycling offer

Limited-time program offers cash back for old-but-working appliances

Healthy Homes Vermont 2020

Many Vermonters in low-income households are at a greater risk of health problems than are high-income households. Collectively the partners are testing innovative energy-plus-health collaboration pilots and whether these models may be scaled to a cost-effective component of energy efficiency programs statewide. This report addresses the progress achieved in 2020.

EPA recognizes Efficiency Vermont’s service to low- and moderate-income Vermonters

Healthy Buildings Vermont 2020

A building’s design and how it operates directly affect occupant health and well-being. Efficiency Vermont has a long history of helping facility managers and building owners make critical energy efficiency decisions—but what impact do these decisions have on indoor air quality (IAQ) and occupant health?

What’s going on in there? Interpretable Machine Learning for Deeper Energy Savings

Efficiency Vermont set out to learn if and how explainable artificial intelligence (XAI)2 approaches could drive adoption of cutting-edge machine learning models for energy modeling at customer facilities.

Phase Change Materials in Refrigeration

Phase change materials (PCMs) are a nascent technology that store heat by virtue of their chemical makeup. How might PCMs be applicable to future energy efficiency work in Vermont?

Lifecycle GHG Impacts of C&I Heat Pump Applications in Vermont

This study provides a method for capturing broader greenhouse gas (GHG) impacts of heat pumps when used to supplement existing fossil fuel heating sources in commercial and industrial buildings.

Carol Weston promoted to Efficiency Vermont Director

Veteran Efficiency Vermont leader to provide seamless transition

Efficiency Vermont Launches Utility Incentive Program in Support of Building Systems Integration

This February, Efficiency Vermont launched an innovative incentive to motivate customers to integrate HVAC systems with lighting or other building systems to enable deeper whole-building energy savings and reduce overall greenhouse gas emissions. Through this incentive, Efficiency Vermont commits to paying 40 percent of labor costs associated with integration (i.e., programming labor, troubleshooting installation, and ensuring schedule override is done safely) when integration work is completed, and 10 percent of the labor costs at 9 months after a report is provided—for a total of 50 percent of the total integration labor costs.

The high greenhouse gas price tag on residential building materials

This paper quantifies the global warming potential (GWP) impacts of alternatives to common building materials used in residential new construction in Vermont and applies the results of the analysis to actual projects slated for construction.

Energy Resilience Return on Investment

How do you put a price on energy resilience? This paper proposes formulas and variables necessary to do that, helping customer determine the best return on their investment in energy resilience assets.

Research & Development 2019-2020 Final Report for PowerShift

Efficiency Vermont has investigated the practical strategies for achieving grid benefits from flexible load management, through its Project PowerShift.

Embodied Carbon in Vermont Residential Retrofits

This paper fills the gap in the data on the embodied-carbon (lifecycle carbon footprint) contribution of weatherization materials in Vermont retrofit projects, helping residents and trade professionals better understand the climate change impacts of the building materials they select when weatherizing existing homes.

In pandemic year, community partnerships adjusted to promote energy efficiency, resilience

In 2021, work to focus on regions hard hit by COVID crisis