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 home's energy use in three steps

The average home 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 your home is losing energy, and set you on a path to saving money.

Energy-saving solutions for renters

No matter if you rent or own, there are many things you can do to lower your energy costs. Use these tips to save energy and stay warm this winter.

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.

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 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 finance your business’s energy-saving project

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

How to find the right contractor in four steps

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 guide to help you find the right contractor.

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 prepare for a professional energy audit

An energy audit is a thorough, room-by-room assessment performed by a certified contractor using diagnostic equipment such as infrared imaging and blower door testing. To get the most out of your audit, follow these tips so you’re prepared when the contractor 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 cold climate heat pump right for you?

Heat pump technology is embedded in many appliances, from mini-splits to water heaters. Use this quick guide to determine whether a cold climate heat pump is right for your home or business.

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 to save energy in your small business

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.

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.

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: Installing Storm Windows

Watch this video to learn the basics of installing a storm window. Explore different ways to repair and improve drafty windows.

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.

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.