Addison County Chamber of Commerce and Efficiency Vermont Announce New Program to Help Small Businesses Save Energy (and Money!)

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Addison County Chamber of Commerce and Efficiency Vermont Announce New Program to Help Small Businesses Save Energy (and Money!)

By Sue Hoxie

Addison County Green Fund to Provide Additional $100 Coupons

Middlebury, Vermont – September 21, 2010 – The Addison County Chamber of Commerce (ACCOC) is teaming up with Efficiency Vermont to implement its new Business Energy Ambassadors program. Under this program, trained volunteers will conduct free on-site business energy visits to identify opportunities for helping small businesses save energy (and money!). The primary focus is on lighting, which can also increase the appeal of retail and office spaces to customers and clients. ACCOC will work with businesses that can benefit from the limited-time and enhanced financial incentives currently being offered by Efficiency Vermont. 

“Efficiency Vermont is offering significant rebates right now for replacing inefficient lighting and other equipment, and we want to make sure that Vermont’s small businesses take full advantage of this program,” said Bill Bowman, Director, Customer Support & Development at Efficiency Vermont.  “For example, under our newLIGHT program, Efficiency Vermont will cover a significant portion of the equipment cost for replacing inefficient T12 fluorescent lighting.”

T12 fluorescent lamps are common in many businesses throughout Vermont. They are usually 4- or 8-foot long tubes mounted horizontally in a ceiling fixture and are always 1½ inches in diameter.

Under the Business Energy Ambassador program, volunteers will also provide information to businesses and property owners on other steps they can take to pursue energy saving opportunities and how to access Efficiency Vermont’s rebates. Business energy visits are free-of-charge and last approximately 1 to 1½ hours. Businesses are encouraged to preview Efficiency Vermont's special rebates listed on the commercial incentives page at

“In today’s economy, small businesses really have to look for savings wherever they can find them,” said Andy Mayer, president, ACCOC. “We are pleased to be able to co-sponsor this program with Efficiency Vermont to help our members and other small businesses in our region save energy and money.” 

Addison County businesses can receive additional $100 matching grant coupons as further incentive for small businesses to make efficiency improvements. These matching grants are made possible by the Addison County Green Fund which was founded with proceeds from the 2010 Addison County Energy Expo. This is an additional incentive not available in other parts of the state in which Efficiency Vermont has partnered with Chambers of Commerce to introduce the Business Energy Ambassador program to local businesses.

An informational meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, September 29th from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. at the Middlebury Volunteer Ambulance Association’s training room, 55 Collins Drive, Middlebury.  Representatives from Efficiency Vermont and Acorn Renewable Energy Co-op will provide more details on how the program will work and benefit local businesses.

If you are a small business and interested in having a business energy visit scheduled, or you are interested in serving as a volunteer, please contact: Sue Hoxie at 388-7951 x2 or  

About Addison County Chamber of Commerce

The Addison County Chamber of Commerce (ACCOC) is an association of individuals representing business interests, working together to promote commercial business and tourism in Addison County. The Chamber can be found on the Web at

About Efficiency Vermont

Efficiency Vermont was created by the Vermont Legislature and the Vermont Public Service Board to help all Vermonters reduce energy costs, strengthen the economy, and protect Vermont's environment. Efficiency Vermont is currently operated by Vermont Energy Investment Corporation (VEIC), an independent organization under contract to the Vermont Public Service Board. VEIC is a Vermont-based nonprofit organization founded in 1986. For more information, contact Efficiency Vermont at 888-921-5990 or visit


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Sue Hoxie
Addison County Chamber of Commerce
93 Court Street
Middlebury VT  05753
p: 802-388-7951

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