ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year
Efficiency Vermont was established as the nation’s first statewide energy efficiency utility, providing technical and financial assistance to all Vermonters to help make their homes and businesses more energy-efficient. Efficiency Vermont is receiving ENERGY STAR recognition for its Efficient Products Program, which uses ENERGY STAR as a central platform to encourage consumers to make energy-efficient choices when purchasing lighting, appliances, and consumer electronics. Key accomplishments in 2013 include:
- Honoring the Northeast’s tradition of ENERGY STAR-focused energy efficiency programming across service territories and building on this foundation to partner with EPA on key initiatives for 2013, increasing emphasis on ENERGY STAR in program messaging and branding.
- Partnering with EPA in one of two community-based social marketing (CBSM) pilots fielded in 2013 to determine their potential for driving lasting behavior change that can transform the market for energy efficiency.
- Demonstrating its commitment to advancing innovation and energy efficiency by promoting cutting edge products to Vermonters and ensuring their availability in local markets. In 2013, Efficiency Vermont became the second utility program in the country to offer a rebate for the winner of the 2013 ENERGY STAR Emerging Technology Award for Advanced Clothes Dryers; Efficiency Vermont also offered a higher incentive for a number of products recognized as ENERGY STAR Most Efficient 2013, including televisions, clothes washers, and refrigerators.
- Achieving a dramatic increase in the number of ENERGY STAR certified lighting products sold in 2013. The increase of 5.5 percent compared to 2012 was aided by the 130,200 ENERGY STAR LED bulbs that were incentivized—the equivalent of two in five Vermont homes or businesses purchasing an ENERGY STAR LED bulb.