Efficiency Vermont, Barre Partnership kick off effort to drive community-wide energy savings

Barre,, VT

‘Barre Saves Energy’ starts Wednesday as area businesses meet to learn more about energy efficiency

Efficiency Vermont and The Barre Partnership have launched a six-month effort to rally local businesses, residents, and public entities to save energy and money.

The Barre Saves Energy Initiative will bring increased engagement from Efficiency Vermont in the form of:

  • Free home energy visits.
  • Free business energy visits.
  • Workshops on efficiency technologies and services.
  • School fundraisers selling LED lights.
  • Participation in community events.

The Barre Saves Energy Initiative officially kicks off today with a focus on generating excitement and participation with Barre business owners. Efficiency Vermont and the Barre Partnership are hosting business owners for an evening of food, drink, and information about ways for businesses to save energy and money to improve their bottom lines. The gathering is from 5:30-7 p.m. at The Quarry Grill and Tavern (2nd floor). Local business owners are invited.

Businesses are the lifeblood of our local economy and we want to do everything we can to help them thrive, said Josh Jerome, Executive Director, The Barre Partnership. By bringing business owners together for some fun, we hope to kick start a conversation around engaging with Efficiency Vermont to save energy. Ultimately, this entire effort is about encouraging community members to invest in Barre’s future through energy efficiency.

The Barre Save Energy Initiative is one of four programs Efficiency Vermont is spearheading in Vermont this year, approaching energy savings from a community-wide perspective.

By working closely with The Barre Partnership we can better understand the community’s goals and priorities, and figure out ways that energy efficiency can support the community as a whole, said Liz Gamache, Director, Efficiency Vermont. “In the next several months we expect to make lots of new friends and form working relationships that can keep driving energy efficiency improvement for many years.

Other supporting organizations for this effort include: The City of Barre, Barre City Energy Committee, Barre Area Development, Inc., Central Vermont Chamber of Commerce, and the VT Department of Housing and Community Development.

Efficiency Vermont launched similar projects in Bennington and Randolph earlier this year, and work will begin in the Hartford/White River Junction area in the coming weeks as well.

About Efficiency Vermont

As the nation’s first Energy Efficiency Utility, Efficiency Vermont has helped Vermont avoid over 13.2 million metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions and has received the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s ENERGY STAR program Partner of the Year – Sustained Excellence award for the last eight consecutive years. Efficiency Vermont works with partners to help our state transition to more affordable, low carbon energy use through education, incentives, and support for our clean energy workforce. Learn more at www.efficiencyvermont.com.

About The Barre Partnership

The Barre Partnership is a local nonprofit committed to fostering a vibrant Downtown Barre, Vermont by coordinating activities that maintain and improve the economic, social and cultural quality of life in the Barre area. For more information, contact The Barre Partnership at 802-477-2967 or visit www.thebarrepartnership.com

Efficiency Vermont Press Contact
Matthew Smith
Phone: (802) 540-7662
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