Free energy visits available to Rutland-area homes and businesses
Efficiency Vermont, Vermont’s statewide energy efficiency utility, is partnering with the Vermont Agency of Commerce and Community Development, Green Mountain Power, and local governments in the Rutland area, to bring additional support for residents and business owners to help them save money and increase the comfort of their buildings.
As part of the effort, Efficiency Vermont is offering free home energy visits to all residential customers who live in the Rutland area. A direct mail campaign to area households promoting the free visits began this week.
Residents can call Efficiency Vermont at (888) 921-5990 to schedule a free visit or sign up online atefficiencyvermont.com/rutland. An energy expert from Efficiency Vermont will make a house call – typically lasting 1 to 1.5 hours – to review energy bills, visually inspect key areas of the home like attics, basements, windows, and doors, and provide a list of recommendations to improve the home’s efficiency and reduce costs associated with heating, cooling, lighting, and appliances. The visit includes up to 12 free LED replacement bulbs, and a $50 coupon for energy efficient appliances (in addition to existing Efficiency Vermont discounts already applied at retailers). Efficiency Vermont staff can also help connect customers with incentives, financing, and qualified contractors.
“Almost every home can save money. For many Vermont families the hardest part can be just figuring out where to start,” said Brad Long, who is leading Efficiency Vermont’s community effort in the Rutland area. “Free home energy visits offer a no-cost, no-strings opportunity to get expert advice and suggestions. We’re not selling anything – our whole purpose is to partner with Vermonters to help them save money and live better.”
Efficiency Vermont is also making more technical staff available to small businesses in the Rutland area to provide no-cost energy assessments and help coordinate energy improvement projects aimed at lowering bottom lines and increasing profitability.
Each year Efficiency Vermont focusses resources in select communities throughout Vermont as a strategy for promoting energy efficiency and building relationships. In addition to home energy visits, customers in these targeted communities also benefit from increased Efficiency Vermont participation in local events and special educational workshops.
“Winter is finally releasing its grip, but we know it will be back,” said Tyler Richardson, Executive Director of the Rutland Economic Development Corporation, one of the community partners Efficiency Vermont is working with to help raise awareness of energy efficiency resources available to Rutland-are customers. “Getting free expert advice from Efficiency Vermont is an excellent opportunity to identify projects to work on, so when next winter comes around you will be ready and able to save money and be more comfortable. They can also help connect you with the many resources available through Efficiency Vermont, Green Mountain Power, and other organizations to help save energy and money.”
Efficiency Vermont’s increased presence in the Rutland area will continue through the end of 2019. Similar efforts are underway in Bellows Falls, St. Johnsbury, and Swanton.
About Efficiency Vermont
Efficiency Vermont was created by the Vermont Legislature and is regulated by the Vermont Public Utility Commission 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
Phone: (802) 540-7662