Town of Hartford partners with Efficiency Vermont to generate savings
The town of Hartford has taken major steps to improve the energy efficiency of its municipal buildings, facilities, and lighting through a partnership with Efficiency Vermont. The town recently signed on to Efficiency Vermont’s Energy Leadership Challenge, an initiative to reduce energy use by 7.5% over the next two years.
Located in the heart of Vermont’s Upper Valley region, Hartford has faced the same economic challenges as many municipalities in recent years. In light of this, and in hopes of reducing costs for taxpayers, Hartford municipal leaders decided to prioritize energy efficiency investments as a way to reduce and stabilize municipal energy costs. In the last two years alone, they have worked with Efficiency Vermont to complete 11 projects, which have ranged from equipment and lighting upgrades in the Hartford fire department and municipal buildings to large-scale improvements at wastewater treatment facilities and a town-wide street light upgrade. Taken together, these projects save almost $70,000 per year on the town’s energy bills.
“As a municipality, we are always looking for ways to manage our expenses and help improve the bottom line for taxpayers,” said Hunter Rieseberg, Hartford Town Manager. “The energy efficiency projects we have completed over the last few years have proven to be smart investments that immediately decrease our energy costs, and continue helping us save money in the long term. As a result of these successes, we have already begun working with Efficiency Vermont to explore additional savings opportunities.”
“We have been extremely impressed by the enthusiasm that Hartford town leaders have shown in pursuing energy efficiency projects,” said Cathy Reynolds, Account Manager for Efficiency Vermont. “They have worked hand in hand with us and both Green Mountain Power and Central Vermont Public Service to find cost-effective savings opportunities and set thoughtful priorities. We are really looking forward to continuing to build this partnership and bring even more value to the community through energy efficiency investments.”
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.
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