Efficiency Vermont, Town of Hartford, and VT Downtown Program Partner to Drive Community-Wide Energy Savings

Hartford, , VT

Efficiency Vermont, the Town of Hartford Department of Planning and Development Services, and the VT Downtown program have launched a six-month effort to rally local businesses, residents, and public entities to save energy and money.

The benefits for Hartford residents and businesses include access to free home and business energy visits with trained Efficiency Vermont staff. These energy experts look for possible energy efficiency improvements, and assist customers in taking advantage of Efficiency Vermont incentives and rebates to lower the cost of making those improvements.

“We’re excited to bring our residents and businesses these enhanced services through our partnership with Efficiency Vermont,” said Lori Hirshfield, Director of the Town of Harford Department of Planning and Development Services. “I strongly encourage community members to contact Efficiency Vermont to learn more about this program, opportunities to save energy, and how to reduce their household or business energy costs.”

Energy visits will be offered on a first-come, first-served basis to Hartford residents and businesses, which include the Villages of White River Junction, Hartford, Quechee, West Hartford, and Wilder while the initiative is underway for the rest of 2016. Call Efficiency Vermont at 1 (888) 921-5990 for more information and to request a visit.

In addition to free energy visits, the initiative will bring to Hartford increased engagement from Efficiency Vermont in the form of:

  • “Office Hours" at least two days a month
  • Numerous community events, workshops and information sessions
  • Workshops and other activities geared toward achieving energy savings & reducing the associated financial costs for the community

The initiative began in late July and will continue through the end of the year. It is one of four efforts Efficiency Vermont is spearheading in Vermont this year as part of its Targeted Communities project, approaching energy savings from a community-wide perspective.

“We are proving out the concept that by engaging more deeply with the communities we serve, we can not only drive more energy savings but also build relationships for future work together,” said Liz Gamache, Director of Efficiency Vermont. “Our primary goal for the next few months is to get to know residents and businesses in Hartford and the surrounding villages and form working relationships that can drive energy efficiency improvement for many years, saving the community money and increasing comfort in homes, businesses, schools, and public buildings.” 

Efficiency Vermont launched similar projects in Bennington, Barre, and Randolph earlier this year based on interest expressed by participating communities in partnering with Efficiency Vermont.

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 Town of Hartford Department of Planning and Development Services

The Department of Planning and Development Services’ mission is to provide efficient and professional planning and development assistance and service to the Hartford community, while preserving the history, character and uniqueness of Hartford. For more information visit www.hartford-vt.org/2223/Planning-Development.

Efficiency Vermont Press Contact
Matthew Smith
Phone: (802) 540-7662
[email protected]