The US Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) is honoring Efficiency Vermont with a 2019 "Partner of the Year: Sustained Excellence" Energy Star Award. This is the highest level of award.
"EPA presents the Sustained Excellence Award to partners that have already received ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year recognition for a minimum of two consecutive years and have gone above and beyond the criteria needed to qualify for recognition," says the Energy Star website.
Efficiency Vermont's award is in the Energy Efficiency Program Delivery category. The key 2018 accomplishments include:
- Launching an online appliance marketplace to help consumers purchase the most efficient ENERGY STAR certified appliances for their homes.
- Incorporating ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager metrics to benchmark, set goals, and measure progress throughout its portfolio of commercial building programs, which have improved the energy performance of every hospital and nearly all K-12 schools in Vermont.
- Promoting a “Home Energy Makeover” contest for Vermonters to compete to win a $5,000 incentive towards a Home Performance with ENERGY STAR (HPwES) project. This contest resulted in 28 video submissions, 25,600 Facebook clicks; and 2,300 unique website visits, resulting in 1.2 million total impressions.
- Launching a marketing campaign that resulted in 1,700 responses from customers requesting additional information about the HPwES program. This campaign tested multiple messages to determine the most effective for future marketing efforts.