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Social Media Tool Kit

Do you struggle to keep up with your social media marketing?  Are you too busy to craft messages to post on your accounts? The EEN is here to help.  Feel free to use some of our pre- …

EEN Update October 2019

New Membership Group The EEN is adding a Building Design Professionals group to its membership. This will include architects (both residential and commercial) and engineers. Architects who are …

Heat Saver Loan Update

The maximum allowable amount of the Heat Saver Loan has increased from $35,000 to $40,000. Interest rates have been adjusted. They now include 0% financing for moderate-income households applying …

Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration Update October 2019

High Efficiency Evaporator Fans (HEVAPs)—Evaporators that contain EC (electronically commutated) motors, motor controls, electronic expansion valves, and optimized defrost controls in an …

Home Performance with ENERGY STAR and Weatherization Update October 2019

Button Up 2019 In support of Button Up 2019, Efficiency Vermont energy consultants will be conducting 500 Home Energy Visit walk-throughs for residents in participating Button Up communities. Click …

Commercial New Construction Update October 2019

Updated Lighting Power Density Tool Now Available Efficiency Vermont’s Lighting Power Density (LPD) tool has been updated in line with the July 1, 2019, changes to its commercial lighting …

Commercial Lighting Update October 2019

Many ENERGY STAR® lighting products will reach maturity in the coming year due to federal and state energy efficiency standards; however, ENERGY STAR fixtures will continue to have a presence in …

An Interview with Turner Piping & Refrigeration

Turner Piping & Refrigeration, headquartered in Rutland, was founded in 1911 as an electrical company (Turner Electric) and shifted to refrigeration in 1935. Owned by Kurt Matzke, the company now …

Participating Distributors: Heat Pump Water Heater Giveaway Program

Below is the list of participating distributors in the Heat Pump Water Heater giveaway program: Blodgett Supply – Montpelier Blodgett Supply – Newport Blodgett Supply – …

Efficiency Vermont Heat Saver Loan Monthly Payment Cheat Sheet

Break up project costs into monthly payments by using the Efficiency Vermont Heat Saver Loan cheat sheet. For example, rather than quoting a customer $5,000 for a project, one might say, "This …

An Interview with Ben Bush of Hillview Design Collaborative and Building Company

Integrated design and efficiency are at the heart of the Hillview Design Collaborative and Building Company of Richmond, Vermont (www.hillviewdesign.com). The two companies, headed by four partners …

Commercial Lighting Program Update

As you know, we strive to make rebates easily accessible to all Vermonters and recognize that an instant point-of-purchase rebate reduces customer barriers. Effective July 1, Efficiency Vermont …

Retail Appliance Program Update

Efficiency Vermont has been providing incentives on a suite of core appliances, starting with clothes washers, since as early as 2000! That is almost 20 years of offering rebates to customers to …

Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration Program Update

A number of changes are taking place in the HVAC-R program this quarter, including several new incentives. Middle-Income Bonus Rebate (let your customers know about this great opportunity!) …

Residential New Construction Program Update

New Building Energy Standards The Vermont Residential Building Standards (RBES) are being updated and are slated for implementation in January 2020. The standards are currently in review, and public …

Commercial New Construction Program Update

All commercial new construction (CNC) projects will continue to be required to submit a lighting power calculation using Efficiency Vermont's lighting power density (LPD) tool. However, until now, …

Retail Lighting Program Update

On April 1, we adjusted our incentive model to make the process easier for you, for manufacturers, and for customers. The most noteworthy change for EEN members was an increase in our sales incentive: …

Home Performance with ENERGY STAR Program Update

We are making changes to the Home Performance with ENERGY STAR® incentive structure to better help moderate-income Vermonters weatherize their homes. There is a $4,000 cap for income- …

Lighting professionals, did you know…

In 2018 Vermont adopted a standard requiring high-CRI 4-foot and 8-foot fluorescent tubes to meet the current federal efficiency requirements beginning July 1, 2020. Vermont also banned the sale of …

Update on a Potential CCHP performance Issue

Over the last month, Efficiency Vermont has received complaints from a small number of customers about high energy consumption of their cold climate air source heat pumps (CCHPs). We have also become …

Contractors Wanted!

If you are a contractor, below is an opportunity to expand your services to include installation of falls prevention measures for Vermont program providers and to gain experience implementing healthy …

Better Buildings by Design 2019 Recap

In early February, Efficiency Vermont hosted the 21st Better Buildings by Design conference (BBD). Each year Efficiency Vermont offers access to leading experts in the energy efficiency and …

Best practices for your EEN Contractor listing

Don't forget to bookmark the contractor portal As part of the Efficiency Excellence Network (EEN) you have access to the customer portal. The portal allows you to customize your company profile page …

An interview with Harry Hunt: Residential architecture and energy efficiency

Efficiency Excellence Network member Harry Hunt, owner of an architectural firm in Stowe, spoke with us about himself and his company, whose mission is "to transform the built environment of today …

Financing Updates

Heat Saver Loan 2019 Updates Borrower interest rates: Effective as of January 1, 2019, new borrower interest rates will be:    Loan terms Household Income …

Heating Program Updates

Recent program updates Advanced Wood Stove Midstream Program Launched In coordination with RERC and in partnership with Burlington Electric Department and Vermont Gas Systems, Efficiency …

Weatherization Program Updates

Recent program updates Weatherization updates for 2019 Over the last 6 months Efficiency Vermont has been increasing our focus on weatherization and taking an in-depth look at how our programs can …

Digital & Online Rebate Center Program Updates for 2019

Two initiatives to enhance online experience for Vermonters Efficiency Vermont launches appliance marketplace with Enervee We are excited to have our online appliance marketplace live on our …

Commercial, Agricultural & Commercial New Construction Lighting Program Updates

Effective 1/1/2019 A new year is just around the corner, and with it Commercial Lighting program updates for early 2019. We strive to make rebates easily accessible to all Vermonters and recognize …

EEN Appreciation Event at 14th Star Brewing

The final EEN Appreciation Event of 2018 was a success. More than 30 EEN members came together at 14th Star Brewing for an evening of fun and celebration. Highlights included a tour of the brewery, …

An Interview with Dan Davis: Exploring the Hot Topic of Advanced Wood Heating

Efficiency Excellence Network member Dan Davis, owner of Cutting Edge Energy Systems, shared a bit about himself and his pellet boiler company with us. Cutting Edge’s market includes Vermont …

Thoughts of Home: Ken

This is the sixth edition of Efficiency Vermont’s “Thoughts of Home” series as written by Dave Keefe. It is intended for building science professionals in Vermont and not intended …

Thoughts of Home: Stay Out of the Mud

The importance of a dry basement for professional home performance contractors This is the fifth edition of Efficiency Vermont’s “Thoughts of Home” series as written by Dave …

Efficiency Vermont Healthy Home Evaluator Certification 2018

Interested in learning what makes a home healthy and how your work impacts indoor living environments? Check out this new, free webinar by Dave Keefe. In this quick, 23 minute presentation, Dave …

Efficiency Vermont Advanced Wood Heating Program Training 2018

Curious about some of the advances in Advanced Wood Heat? Then check out this new webinar by Jake Marin of Efficiency Vermont. In this 13 minute presentation, Jake covers the principles of advanced …

Meet Your EEN Staff Members

A brief chat with some friendly people you may know only by name. Steve Casey, Account Manager—8 years with Efficiency VermontHillary Orsini, Program Manager—2 years with Efficiency …

Important changes to EEN Professional credits requirement

The EEN is adjusting its Professional Credits requirement. Previously, the annual requirement was 5 credits, but 1 credit was equivalent to anywhere between 1 and 4 hours of training. This meant that …

Fall/Winter 2018 Program Updates

Find out about some changes to the Efficiency Vermont rebates and offerings (as of June 30th) VFDA rebate for oil tank replacements: Vermont’s Aboveground Storage Tank (AST) regulations …

Business Energy Loan video

Watch our Business Energy Loan online tutorial video for an introduction to the Business Energy Loan, including eligibility requirements, loan processing details and how to manage customer …

Thoughts of Home: Show ‘Em the Door

The importance of the blower door for professional home performance contractors This is the fourth edition of Efficiency Vermont’s “Thoughts of Home” series as written by Dave …

Roundup of mid-year incentive changes for all programs

The following is a complete list of major Efficiency Vermont incentive changes for all programs that go into effect on July 1st, 2018: HVAC Changes The Central Wood Pellet Heating System rebate …

An Interview with Gary Hubbard: Illuminating How a Lighting Designer Approaches His Work

Gary Hubbard has been with Leading Edge Design Group (LEDG) since its inception. According to the company website, LEDG helps organizations create modern, connected facilities through the planning, …

Heat Pump Water Heater Training Video

Watch our Heat Pump Water Heater online training video for an introduction to heat pump water heaters, including proper installation techniques, why this technology is in such demand and how to …

Heat Saver Loan Tutorial Video

The Heat Saver Loan is a fast, easy, and flexible way to finance home weatherization and heating improvements. Check out the tutorial video below to learn how you and your customers can take …

EEN Program Updates for April 2018

Welcome Lighting Designers! The Efficiency Excellence Network is pleased to announce its new trade group for Lighting Designers. Requirements for membership include licensure (LC, PE, IALD), 12 …

An interview with Bill Chidsey: Driving Deeper Engagement with Mission-Minded Customers

Bill Chidsey has a list of certifications, licenses, and work experience as long as your arm. But what’s more important to him is quality of life, family, and working with clients who share his …

Thoughts of Home: Put a Lid On It

Attic insulation and air-sealing tips for professional home performance contractors This is the third edition of Efficiency Vermont’s “Thoughts of Home” series as written by Dave …

Lighting Power Density Tool Video

To help with explaining and showcasing this valuable tool , Efficiency Vermont has created a screen cast on how to use our Lighting Power Density Tool. If you are a user of this tool, or would like …

Thoughts of Home: Explaining Air Sealing and Ventilation to Homeowners

This is the second edition of Efficiency Vermont’s “Thoughts of Home” series as written by Dave Keefe. It is intended for building science professionals in Vermont and not intended …

Efficiency Vermont program updates for January 2018

Below are all Efficiency Vermont rebate changes going into effect on January 1, 2018. Questions? Please contact us! Online rebates (commercial lighting, HVAC, and refrigeration) 20% …

An Interview with Morton Bailey of Lyme Green Heat

Lyme Green Heat of Lyme, New Hampshire, has been in business since 2008. It provides central heating solutions and wood pellet heating fuel to residential, commercial, municipal, and institutional …

Fun Times at the Trade Ally Appreciation Event

On October 25th, over 40 Efficiency Excellence Network (EEN) members, along with 2 state representatives from Southern Vermont, gathered at the Harpoon Brewery in Windsor for an Efficiency …

The Efficiency Excellence Difference

Download the “Efficiency Excellence Difference” flyer to help promote your expertise, your quality of work, your predicted energy savings, and how well you can tailor a project to your …

A conversation with Jody Perkins of ARC Mechanical Contractors, Inc

ARC Mechanical Contractors Inc., headquartered in Bradford, Vermont, began in 1947 as Allen Refrigeration Company. It grew from 12 people in 1987, when it became ARC Mechanical Contractors, to about 7 …

Installer Spotlight: Two HVAC businesses flourish with energy retrofit projects

You won’t find Rooftop Units trending on Twitter anytime soon but you will continue to find them on roofs of commercial buildings working to keep you cool. Rebates and incentives on this …

Efficiency Vermont Mid-Year Rebate Updates

Commercial Lighting Updates Commercial Lighting Rebate Form Bonus rebate amounts will continue for LED fixtures and controls. All retrofit kit rebates reduced to $30. LED replacement lamps for …

Upcoming Trainings: May and June 2017

We have three trainings scheduled for May and June – please register online today! Thermal Shell Training & follow-up consultation Wednesday, May 24th, 2017 Efficiency Vermont office, 128 …

What happened at Better Buildings by Design 2017

On February 1st Efficiency Vermont's 16th Better Buildings by Design (BBD) conference kicked off in South Burlington, VT. This annual event brings together partners from the building, design, and …

Spring 2017 EEN Business Updates

Modern Wood Heat Contractors are welcome to join the HVAC Trade Group. We’ve expanded the EEN to represent New Construction, specifically Residential New Construction. If you have any …

Dave Keefe receives the Linda Wigington Leadership Award

The Linda Wigington Leadership Award celebrates visionary leaders doing extraordinary work to strengthen the home performance and weatherization industry. This award showcases individual …

2017 EEN Appreciation Event Recap

The second annual Efficiency Excellence Network (EEN) Appreciation Event was held this past February 1 at the Windjammer Restaurant in South Burlington. Over 60 EEN members gathered to celebrate a …

Commercial and Mixed Use Deep Retrofit Opportunity

Do you have a commercial or mixed use customer who wants to be an energy leader? Have you seen a building that has lots of fuel and electrical opportunity? If so, please encourage your customer to …

Submit Your Professional Credits

It’s time to submit your annual documentation! We will be contacting you soon for any information we may need. One of the global requirements for maintaining EEN Membership is submitting 5 …

Upcoming Trainings: March 2017

We have two trainings scheduled for March – please register online today! Financing Home Energy Projects: What Contractors Should Know Wednesday, March 8th, 2017 7:30 am to 10:00 am Lake …

Upstream Incentive Rebate Updates

In October of 2016, Efficiency Vermont increased rebate levels for two upstream HVAC offerings: Heat Pump Water Heaters and Cold Climate Heat Pumps. These “enhanced” rebates were set to …

Special Offers for EEN Members Only

Better Buildings by Design 2017 1000+ attendees. 40+ workshops. 50+ exhibitors. Better Buildings by Design is the region’s premier design and construction conference, which features …

2017 Efficiency Vermont Program Updates

Efficient Products Smart Thermostats: Up to $150 off from Efficiency Vermont – a discount of 60% or more! Smart thermostats are one of the most affordable ways to make a big difference in …

Installer Highlight: Vermont Heat Pump, LLC

Pat Perry owns Vermont Heat Pump, LLC, in Shelburne, Vermont, and installs Fujitsu units exclusively. What is your background? PP: I worked as an electrical engineer at IBM for 30 years, and …

The EEN Welcomes a New Look

The Efficiency Excellence Network logo has been redesigned and we’ve created all kinds of merchandise for members to wear and use. Be your own best advertising You can now let your customers …

A Customer’s Story: The Heat Saver Loan

Sarah Flack is a homeowner who worked with an Efficiency Excellence Network contractor—Jacob Racusin of New Frameworks Natural Design/Build—to make much needed improvements to her house …

Increased Building Systems Efficient Product Discounts

As of October 1st, 2016, higher discount amounts are available for qualified Cold Climate Heat Pumps and Heat Pump Water Heaters. In addition, other new Efficiency Vermont program offerings have …

Attend BuildingEnergy conferences for free

Vermont residents enrolled in a non-degree course that will improve employability or encourage further study can apply for a grant of up to $2,500 per year.   Which means, Vermont residents …

Welcome to the new Trade Ally Account Manager

Brian Sweeney has recently joined the Efficiency Excellence Network team. Brian has apprenticed as an electrician and worked selling coatings with for Sherwin Williams for 15 years. Brian’s …

Interview with John Nielsen of Mountain Air

John Nielsen is the Senior Energy Services Consultant for Mountain Air, an Efficiency Excellence Network business specializing in HVAC and custom mechanical systems design and installation. Tell me …

What are LED impostors, and why should you care?

Cheap, low-quality LED bulbs are flooding the market and, at Efficiency Vermont, we’re taking it pretty seriously. Historically, the LEDs on the market have been ENERGY STAR® certified, …

Opportunities for EEN professional credits

In addition, numerous non-Efficiency Vermont trainings are offered throughout the year and many are eligible for EEN professional credits. The EEN defines a Professional Credit as completing …

EEN Appreciation Event Recap

The first annual Efficiency Excellence Network (EEN) Appreciation Event was held this past February 3 at the Windjammer Restaurant in South Burlington. Over 50 EEN members gathered to celebrate a …

A Conversation with Vermont Contractor Jay Hammond

Efficiency Excellence Network member Jay Hammond, President of Colchester’s Hammond Electric, Inc., shared a bit about himself and his company with us. How long have you been in the business, …

Lighting Power Density Tool

New! Building area method now allowed to receive Efficiency Vermont incentives. Read directions below. Then scroll to bottom, fill in and submit the Request Form to have a link to download the tool …

A Conversation with Vermont Contractor John Carter

We recently sat down with John Carter, owner and operator of Arctic Air, to ask him a few questions. How long have you been in the business, and what led you here? JC: I actually started off …

Insulation and Air Sealing Tips

Get some quick tips on air sealing and insulating walls, attics, and foundations.

A Conversation with Bill Morrissey

We recently sat down with member contractor Bill Morrissey, to ask him a few questions. How long have you been in the business, and what led you here? Eight years ago, I was doing general …

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