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Happy New Year, Sustainable Willistonians:  Have you been getting this excellent newsletter from Efficiency Vermont???
The beginning of this month's Efficiency Vermont newsletter

The beginning of this month’s Efficiency Vermont newsletter

Their current offering includes:

Efficiency Vermont Community Forums

Here’s an announcement from Efficiency Vermont, our state efficiency utility, which is tasked with helping improve energy availability in Vermont through improving energy efficiency. The most convenient event for most Williston residents will probably be the Richmond forum.

Community Forums December 2014
Please join Efficiency Vermont Director Jim Merriam at a Community Forum in your region. We are creating a three year plan for Vermont’s Energy Efficiency Utility – and we want your input:

  • What programs and initiatives are working well? What needs improvement?
  • What should our top priorities be for the next three years?
  • How can we better serve all Vermonters and help them reduce energy costs?
  • What should we be doing to support the state’s goal for 90% renewable energy by 2050?

Each forum will feature a brief presentation, followed by open discussion. A light supper will be provided.

Those who are interested in attending should RSVP by visiting www.efficiencyvermont.com/communityforums or calling: 1 (888) 921-5990

RSVP is requested, but not required.

December 10th: Richmond
December 11th: Brandon

For location details, please visit www.efficiencyvermont.com/communityforums

Can’t make one of the forums, but still want to provide feedback? View our forum presentation and read Jim’s blog post outlining our current plans, then submit an online survey to let us know what you think.

We hope to see you there!

Energy Co-op of Vermont Launches Heat Pump Leasing Program

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The Energy Co-op of Vermont, a northern Vermont heating fuel provider and energy efficiency Co-op, announces the launch of Co-op Heat Pumps, an innovative heat pump leasing program. The Co-op Heat Pump program offers homeowners a super-efficient Fujitsu heat pump for less than $40 a month on a ten-year lease, with an upfront payment of less than $300.

“Our core mission at the Energy Co-op is to help Vermonters make their homes comfortable, healthy and energy-efficient.” said John Quinney, General Manager. “The Co-op Heat Pump lease program does just that by providing immediate cost savings while reducing fossil fuel use by up to 80%.  It’s a win-win.”

The Co-op provides a turn-key application and installation service which begins with a sign-up form on the Co-op Heat Pumps website. Completing the sign-up form triggers a short survey that makes it easy for potential customers to determine if their home is suitable for a heat pump.  Homes with open floor plans that are heated with oil or propane are best suited for the Co-op Heat Pumps program.

According to Efficiency Vermont, for a typical Vermont home where a customer is able to shift 80% of their heating requirements away from heating oil or propane to a cold climate heat pump, the savings can be between $800 and $1,200 a year.

Current Co-op members and non-members are welcome to inquire. The Co-op’s Colchester offices are heated and cooled with a heat pump which is available for demonstration during regular business hours Monday through Friday9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

About the Energy Co-op of Vermont

Energy Co-op of Vermont is a member-owned, not-for-profit, fuel services and energy efficiency cooperative located in Colchester, Vermont. The Co-op opened for business in 2001 and serves over 2,000 members in Northwestern and Central Vermont with deliveries of heating oil, kerosene and made-in-Vermont wood pellets. The Co-op also offers maintenance, repair and installation of high-efficiency heating equipment such furnaces, boilers and heat pumps.

​For more information contact:  Suzie Quinn, Community Marketing Manager at suzie@ecvt.net

Post courtesy of BrighterVermont.org, a new Web site offering a wide range of information and resources for sustainable energy use.

Vermont LED Bulb Promotion Saves Money, Energy, and the Climate

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Efficiency Vermont has partnered with several electrical distributors to offer LED (Light Emitting Diode) light bulbs at a substantial discount. These lamps are the latest in lighting technology and offer efficiencies much better  than Compact Fluorescent and standard incandescent bulbs. Advantages of LED lamps include:

  • Efficiencies over conventional bulbs. For example, a 16 watt LED bulb will provide the same light as a 75 watt Halogen bulb.
  • These bulbs last and last – they are rated at 25000 hours of use. Conventional bulbs are usually rated to last around 1000 – 2000 hours, so these can nearly pay for themselves in bulb replacement costs alone!
  • Most of them can work with a dimmer and can be had in ‘warm white’ colors to match the light bulbs we now use.
  • There is no mercury pollution when disposing LED lamps as opposed to the compact fluorescent.

When buying LED bulbs you should keep the following in mind:

  • Replace bulbs with matched LED lamps so that they fit into the fixtures you have.  You may need to take in your existing bulbs for correct sizing.
  • Don’t try to save energy by using a ‘dim’ bulb.  A 5 watt LED bulb may look like the one you are replacing, but its light output won’t match the 60 watt bulb you now use.  Follow the guidelines that would tell you to use a 12 watt LED to match the light of your current 60 watt bulb.
  • The LED bulbs are rated at a color temperature, usually in degrees KELVIN .  A ‘warm white’ bulb is rated near 2700 degrees Kelvin.  4000 degree Kelvin and higher bulbs will have a ‘bluish’ light and are a bit harsh in my opinion.

The energy and cost savings are substantial. If you convert your light bulbs to LED, your electrical bill will go down. LED bulbs are most economical when replacing lights that are on most often. Closets aren’t the place to put these bulbs. I have converted 90% of the bulbs in my house to LED and my bill with Vermont Electric is usually less than $60 per month (I also have a propane stove, dryer, and water heater …)  The following is an example of the cost savings of these bulbs over their 25,000 hour life:

12 watt LED to replace a 60 watt conventional light bulb.

Savings:     1,200 KiloWatt Hours (kwhr)  at a cost of $0.17 per kwhr,  Savings =  $204

(and this doesn’t include the savings of replacing more than 10 regular bulbs!)

I have recently adopted Vermont Electric’s ‘Variable Rate Schedule’ which charges more for power at the peak times and substantially less for off peak times.  If most of my lighting happens in the evenings during the peak hours, the cost of electricity increases  to  $0.26 per kwhr and can increase to  nearly  $0.40 per kwhr…  This would result in savings of more than $300 to $480 per bulb over its life… Investing $100 in twenty LED bulbs will return from $4080 to nearly $9,600 over the bulbs’ lifetimes, and save 24,000 kilowatt hours of electricity.

So Efficiency Vermont and these local electrical supply houses are offering these bulbs from Phillips, Sylvania, etc at prices starting at $4.99 per bulb. This is a big savings – costs in the local hardware stores are more like $6 to $25 per bulb even for non name-brand bulbs.

Some of the stores where these bulbs are available are:

  • NorthEast Electrical, 340 Ave D, Williston
    open Mon – Fri, 6:45am – 5:00pm
  • Twin State Electric (behind Pet Food Warehouse on Williston road)
    open Mon – Fri, 6:00am – 4:00pm
  • Walsh Electric, Rt 7, Colchester.  (Just north of Costco)
    open Mon – Fri, 7:00am – 5:00pm

Most electrical supply houses aren’t open on weekends, but they do generally have early morning hours.