The Energy Co-op of Vermont is different from other oil dealers in the state because we’re owned by our 2,000 members. Our business goal is not to maximize profit, but rather to provide the best value and benefits we can for our members.

There are more than 250 co-ops and Credit Unions in Vermont. Together, Vermont's co-ops have more than two billion dollars in annual revenues and more than 300,000 member-owners.

All co-ops are guided by seven internationally recognized principles:

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Voluntary and Open Membership

Cooperatives are voluntary organizations, open to all persons able to use their services and willing to accept the responsibilities of membership, without gender, social, racial, political, or religious discrimination.

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Democratic Member Control

Cooperatives are democratic organizations controlled by their members, who actively participate in setting their policies and making decisions. Men and women serving as elected representatives are accountable to the membership.

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Economic Participation by Members

Members "contribute" equitably to, and democratically control, the capital of their co-op. At least part of that capital is the common property of the cooperative. Members may allocate surpluses for any of the following purposes:

  • Growing the co-op, possibly by setting up reserves.
  • Benefiting members in proportion to their transactions with the cooperative.
  • Supporting other activities as approved by the membership.

Autonomy and Independence

Cooperatives are autonomous organizations controlled by their members. If they enter into agreements with other organizations, including governments, or raise capital from external sources, they do so on terms that ensure democratic control by their members and maintain their cooperative autonomy.

Education, Training and Information

Cooperatives provide education and training for their members, elected representatives, managers, and employees so they can contribute effectively to the development of their co-ops. They inform the general public - particularly young people and opinion leaders - about the nature and benefits of cooperation.

Cooperation Among Cooperatives

Cooperatives serve their members most effectively and strengthen the cooperative movement by working together through local, national, regional, and international structures.

Concerns for Community

Cooperatives work for the sustainable development of their communities, through policies approved by their members.

Our Member Testimonials

  • Great Experience with Your Service Manager

    I recently had a great experience with Joe, your service manager, and Rick, your subcontractor. They were very thoughtful, helpful and explained all of my heating system options. The Energy Co-op had been referred to me by my neighbor, who is a long time customer.

    Meg H., Richmond, VT

    Services Provided:

    Furnace Repair, Solar Hot Water Heaters, Tankless Water Heaters, Privacy Policy, Oil Tank Maintenance, Oil Tank Repair, Space Heater Maintenance
  • Helpful and Fair

    I'd never use any company other than Energy Co-Op of Vermont. They are helpful and fair. You can choose a budget plan, which allows your payments to be spread out over the year (and thus enjoy a price cap, and a DROP in your payments should the price go down during the year).

    Laurie F., Jericho, Vermont

    Services Provided:

    Price Protection FAQ
  • Pleased with Our Heat Pump

    We are very pleased with our heat pump and heat pump water heater. Joe and the rest of the staff at the Energy Co-op of Vermont were very professional. They were honest about what their products would do, and about our options.

    Sue D., Colchester, Vermont

    Services Provided:

    Heat Pump Water Heaters, Indirect Water Heaters, Price Protection FAQ, Heat Pump FAQ