3 easy ways to save money at your business

Tackling the three biggest energy users can help you start saving at your business today. Here are three low-risk, high-reward projects that will get you off and running.

A guide to home heating systems

In the market for a new heating system? The good news is, there are a lot of options out there. The bad news? It can be overwhelming to find one that is right for your home. With this guide, compare facts on some of the most popular choices for home heating systems.

A homeowner’s buying guide to insulation

Get the facts on the basic types of home insulation, where they are used, and why.

Assessing your energy use in three steps

The average home or business has so many air leaks, it’s like leaving a window open all year long. This do-it-yourself energy assessment will give you a sense of where you are losing energy, and set you on a path to saving money.

Electric vehicles: your top questions answered

Electric cars can save you money on fuel and reduce your carbon footprint. More Vermonters are plugging in, but there’s a few things to consider before you make the switch. Below, we answer your most frequently asked questions.

Home buying with efficiency in mind

For most Vermonters, energy costs make up a substantial portion of household expenses. When shopping for a new home, check for signs of above-normal energy use to avoid hidden costs. Use our home buyer’s checklist to help.

How to avoid hiring the wrong contractor

You’re ready to tighten up your home or business, but the project is beyond what you want to do on your own. Use this four-step guide as a checklist to help you find the right contractor.

How to choose and install storm windows

According to the U.S. Department of Energy, leaky windows can account for 10–25% of your heating bill. If your windows are in good shape—or if you’re on a tight budget—adding storm windows is far more affordable than replacing the windows.

How to choose the best quality LED bulb

Your best option for a high-quality, long lasting, energy saving bulb is to buy ENERGY STAR® certified LED bulbs. Use this guide to choose the right light bulb(s) for your home or small business.

How to combine efficiency and solar energy to maximize benefits

Going solar, weatherizing your home, and moving away from systems that use fossil fuel can reduce your energy bill. This guide provides recommendations to optimize your investments in clean energy.

How to control moisture in your home or business

Too much moisture in a home or business can cause discomfort. Plus it encourages mold, rot, and bacteria, and erodes the durability of a structure. Take the following steps if you experience damp-smelling rooms, find mold or mildew on walls, or see condensation on windows and ceilings.

How to deal with hazardous building materials

Encountering hazardous materials during a home renovation is extremely common. Learn to identify, assess, and remediate these issues so they don’t pose problems down the road.

How to defeat the summer peak

The key to reducing the impacts of summer peaks is to stay informed and thoughtful about your energy use.

How to finance your business’s energy-saving project

A businessperson’s guide to financing energy improvements that save you money from day one.

How to fix a wet, damp, or leaky basement

Learn how to dry out your wet basement by diverting water runoff, fixing leaks, eliminating condensation, and covering damp floors.

How to lower your monthly electricity costs

Control your usage and reduce your monthly bill using this guide. It covers four drivers of high energy costs and describes simple steps you can take on your own.

How to make your home net zero

Net zero is the balance between the power a home needs and the renewable energy you can generate to match the need. With new heating technology and lower-cost renewable energy systems, any home can get to net zero.

How to prepare for an energy assessment

An energy assessment is a room-by-room inspection of your home by an energy professional. Assessments range from a visual walk to identify the largest efficiency opportunities, to a full audit that includes diagnostic testing such as a blower door test and infrared imaging. To get the most out of your assessment, follow these tips so you’re prepared when the energy professional arrives.

Invest in energy upgrades to avoid losing money

Learn how an investment in energy efficient lighting can reduce your monthly electric bill and improve the space in your small business.

Is a heat pump heating & cooling system right for you?

A heat pump helps you to maintain a comfortable temperature in your home year-round while using less energy than many other heating and cooling systems such as baseboard electric heat, propane, or oil. As with any heating and cooling option, you’ll want to consider your home’s unique setup and layout to determine if a heat pump is right for you.

Is a smart thermostat worth buying?

With a smart thermostat, you can make the most of your heating system without wasting money or energy.

Is your home taking a toll on your health?

Try quick fixes first, or tackle long-term solutions.

Keeping cool with heat pumps

A heat pump is a sophisticated air conditioner that can also heat your home or business in winter.

Lighting tips for fall and winter

Try these lighting tips to help manage your energy use during the long nights in fall and winter.

Lighting Tips: How Small Businesses can Save Energy

Improving the efficiency of your lighting is one of the best ways you can save on energy costs. Energy-efficient LEDs last up to 50,000 hours, generate less heat, and give better-quality light than older technologies.

Make the most of variable frequency drives

Wondering whether VFDs are a good fit for your business? Learn more about how they can deliver maximum savings.

Save on heating with these four steps

The average Vermont household spends about $2,000 per year on home heating. For some, it’s the second-highest cost after mortgage payments or health insurance. And for a family on a tight budget, heating can claim 30% or more of monthly income. Reduce your costs by lowering your usage and shopping for the best rate on fuel.

Should you switch to wood pellet heating?

If you're planning to replace your existing heating system, a wood pellet furnace or boiler offers some unique benefits worth considering.

Summer guide to energy savings & comfort

Tips to minimize your energy costs and help you relax in comfort this summer.

The best way to spend less on commercial refrigeration

Refrigeration can represent up to 50% of monthly energy expenses for grocery and convenience stores, industrial food processors, hotels and inns, and hospitals. Spend less on commercial refrigeration by combining basic maintenance with energy-efficient upgrades.

The best ways to save energy on your farm

Farming is an energy-intensive enterprise. Whether you operate a farm or process foods, take advantage of our services and offers for agricultural businesses. Boost production, quality, and cash flow with these energy-saving tips.

The case for air sealing

Air sealing is one of the least expensive and most cost-effective actions you can take to improve the comfort and energy-efficiency of your home or small business.

The renter’s guide to energy savings

As a renter, it can feel like you don’t have control over the energy costs in your home or apartment. But there are quite a few things tenants can do to lower energy costs. Use these tips to save energy and feel more comfortable in your space all year long.

Top 3 reasons to get a home energy monitor

Home energy monitors can show you how much electricity you're using and help you use the data to make smart decisions about your energy use.

Top gift ideas for the energy saver in your life

Whether you’re in the market for small and easy energy saving gifts or once in a lifetime efficient upgrades, here are our picks for great holiday gifts this season.

Video: How to air-seal your home

Finding and sealing air leaks is an easy, low-cost way to make your home more comfortable and save on heating and cooling costs. Watch this video for professional tips on how to seal problem areas such as windows, outlets, and doors.

Video: How to insulate your attic

Most homes in Vermont can save an average of $375 a year by properly air-sealing and adding insulation. Watch this video to learn where to find air leaks in your attic and how to seal them. The video also explores different types of insulation, and how best to use them to combat the stack effect.

Video: How to insulate your basement

Most homes in Vermont can save an average of $375 a year by properly air-sealing and adding insulation. Watch this video for professional tips on air-sealing and insulating your basement. Locate common problem areas and learn how to seal them. In addition, explore the types of insulation that work best in a basement.

Video: LED lighting for your home

Upgrading to LED bulbs is a great way to save energy. In this video, Matt Sargent from Efficiency Vermont has tips for how to find the best ENERGY STAR® LED lighting for your home

Water heater buying guide

There is a dizzying array of water heaters on the market today. They run on a variety of fuels—from propane to oil, electricity, and on-site solar energy. Use this guide to learn about two of the cleanest types: heat pump water heaters and solar hot water systems.

When to repair or replace your windows

Learn when to repair or replace windows, and which repairs you can do yourself. Unless your windows are in rough shape, it’s usually more cost-effective to repair and weatherize than to replace. Use this guide to explore your options.

Who knew? 8 ways NOT to use a heat pump

You might be surprised by some of the ways a heat pump works differently than a boiler or furnace. If you want to minimize your energy use and maximize your comfort, here’s a few tips on what not to do.

Winter tips to stay warm and save energy

Winters in Vermont are long and cold, and heating bills can be a strain on your budget. Get ready for winter, lower your monthly bills, and increase the comfort of your living or work space. If winter is already underway, don't worry. You can do this work at any time.