COVID-19 Update:

To protect the health of our staff and our customers, Efficiency Vermont offices are closed to the public. We have cautiously begun scheduling project related site visits when required. You can find more information on our safety protocols here.

We know that you need support in reducing energy costs now more than ever, and we will continue to launch new offers and programs over the course of the summer. In the mean time, our customer support team is available to help you remotely. Contact us at (888) 921-5990 or info@efficiencyvermont.com.

Step 1 – Understand your fuel costs

The Vermont Public Service Department surveys the price of heating fuels across Vermont and publishes a monthly Vermont Fuel Price Report. You can use the report to track price fluctuations across fuel types. The report also compares the efficiency of different fuels: electricity, wood, fossil fuels, and others. It converts the energy of each fuel into MMBtu (a standardized unit of energy) for an apples-to-apples comparison of efficiency and cost.

Step 2 – Get the best price

Explore your options—fuel cost per gallon varies widely across Vermont, and many fuel companies offer pre-buying or locked-in pricing. There are also co-op or fuel-buying groups that use collective buying power to negotiate discounts on fuel, service, and heating equipment. The Vermont Fuel Dealers Association website is a good place to begin your search for the best price. You may also qualify for heating assistance from the State’s Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) or the Federal Weatherization Assistance Program.

Step 3 – Maintain and care for your heating system

To extend the life of your heating system, we recommend a yearly tune-up or chimney cleaning. This ensures efficient operation and prevents health or safety issues. And if you’re in the market for a new system, size it properly for your home and choose one with a high efficiency rating. See our heating system rebates for more information.

Step 4 – Air-seal and insulate

Fuel price isn’t the only factor in heating costs: Consider the number of occupants, energy-use habits, the size of your house, and, most important, air leaks. You can eliminate those drafts with good air sealing, and raise your home’s efficiency by 10–15% with more and better insulation. Proper ventilation of combustion appliances and heating systems will help them run more efficiently, and also keep you safe. To learn more, consider a home energy assessment.

For more ways to reduce your heating costs, or to start a home energy project, contact our customer support team.