Burlington Electric, Vermont Gas announce new energy saving program

BURLINGTON — The Burlington Electric Department and Vermont Gas are hoping a little friendly competition will induce city residents to be more energy efficient.

A new website will allow customers to compare their energy use to people with similar housing and offer them a “wide-range of possible steps, services, and savings opportunities based upon each designation,” according to a Tuesday news release.

The program, known as the Energy Champ Challenge, builds off a previous initiative by the two utilities that resulted in 163 energy audits and completed efficiency upgrades on 63 buildings resulting in a total savings of more than $647,000 for Burlington landlords and tenants, according to the release.

The first 500 people to sign up for the Energy Champ Challenge will be entered to win up to $15,000 in weatherization and energy efficiency improvements to their home. To be eligible, homes demonstrate $5,000 in weatherization and efficiency needs.

“Our new energyChamp program and website demonstrate our continuing commitment to lead through energy innovation as we help our customers take power over their energy,” said Neale Lunderville, general manager of Burlington Electric, in a statement.

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  • Once again Vermonters who have already committed to energy efficiency and reduction of energy usage are being asked (forced) to pay for the energy efficiency upgrades of those who do not accept responsibility for being energy-conscious consumers. To the best of my knowledge, no Vermont energy supplier rewards customers for being good stewards of the planet by using as little energy as possible. Such individuals are however forced to pay energy efficiency taxes on their energy bills so that other individuals who do not conserve can get free energy upgrades. Peter Shumlin may be gone, but his way of thinking lives on.