Efficiency Vermont honored by EPA as a 2015 ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has recognized Efficiency Vermont with a 2015 ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year – Energy Efficiency Program Delivery Award. Efficiency Vermont was one of only nine organizations in New England to receive this recognition.
Efficiency Vermont, which also won recognition as an ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year in 2014, is being honored for helping Vermonters increase the energy efficiency and comfort of their homes and businesses through the use of ENERGY STAR certified products and technologies.
Over the past year Efficiency Vermont has seen a significant increase in efficiency participation. Between 2013 and 2014 the number of schools that achieved ENERGY STAR certification increased by 18%, the number of ENERGY STAR certified LEDs sold through retailers in the state increased by 240%, and there has been a 15% improvement since 2008 in the energy efficiency rating for residential new construction projects.
“We are honored to receive this award for a second year in a row,” said Liz Gamache, Director of Efficiency Vermont. “And, we are pleased to share this recognition with the many Vermonters who are taking steps with us every day to achieve energy savings. By advancing the use of efficient technologies and increasing participation in our programs, we’re delivering real energy savings that benefit all Vermonters.”
By supporting innovative program approaches and emerging technologies, Efficiency Vermont has become a national leader in the efficiency industry. Since its beginning in 2000, the statewide energy efficiency utility has achieved a total of 12.7 million megawatt-hours of energy savings – enough to power every home in Vermont for more than five years.
“Congratulations to Efficiency Vermont for their work in helping Vermont homeowners make energy-efficient improvements to their homes,” said Home Performance with ENERGY STAR Program Manager Ely Jacobsohn. “By doing so, homeowners are saving energy and money and also helping to protect the environment.”
ENERGY STAR has 16,000 partners working to protect the environment through greater energy efficiency, including manufacturers, retailers, public schools, hospitals, real estate companies, and home builders. For a complete list of 2015 winners and information, and more information about ENERGY STAR’s awards program, visit www.energystar.gov/awardwinners.
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 Efficiency Vermont
Efficiency Vermont was created by the Vermont Legislature and the Vermont Public Service Board to help all Vermonters reduce energy costs, strengthen the economy, and protect Vermont's environment. For more information, contact Efficiency Vermont at 888-921-5990 or visit www.efficiencyvermont.com.
About ENERGY STAR
ENERGY STAR® is the simple choice for energy efficiency. For more than 20 years, people across America have looked to the ENERGY STAR program for guidance on how to save energy, save money, and protect the environment. Home Performance with ENERGY STAR is a systematic approach to improving energy efficiency and comfort in homes, while reducing the greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to climate change. Today, ENERGY STAR is the most widely recognized symbol for energy efficiency in the world, helping families and businesses save $300 billion on utility bills, while reducing carbon pollution by two billion metric tons since 1992. Join the millions who are already making a difference at energystar.gov.
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