Home Energy Audit

There are two main reasons to cut our energy use:

Lower Bills

The only sure way to cut our energy bills is to use less energy. It's that simple. Regardless of whether oil prices are going up or down, making our homes more energy efficient is a smart investment.

  • An energy audit from the Energy Co-op of Vermont is an excellent place to start.
  • If your heating system is more than fifteen or twenty years old, you should consider replacing it with a new heat pump, or one of the new energy-fficient furnaces or boilers.
  • Heat pump hot water heaters are now a very attractive investment.
  • Over the past ten years, many Co-op members have installed pellet stoves to reduce fossil fuel use and to heat their homes with a renewable source of energy.

Climate Change

Each gallon of heating oil or kerosene that we burn to warm our homes produces about 22 lbs. of carbon dioxide - the main greenhouse gas. The best way to reduce these emissions is to use less energy. Vermont has two goals for reducing greenhouse gas emissions:

  • 40% reduction below 1990 levels by 2030, and
  • 80% to 95% reduction below 1990 levels by 2050.

These goals are part of Vermont's ambitious 2016 Comprehensive Energy Plan which aims to meet 90% of Vermont's total energy needs from renewable sources by 2050 - and to advance economic, environmental and health objectives. In addition to these benefits, all Vermonters - both ourselves and future generations - would benefit from cleaner air and a stable climate. The cleanest energy source is the energy we don't use.

Energy Upgrades for Vermont Homes

The Energy Co-op of Vermont, along with dozens of local businesses and Vermont's Weatherization Offices are busy doing this work, saving Vermont homeowners up to 30% on their energy bills and making their homes more comfortable.

Members of the Energy Co-op of Vermont are doing their part too. Since 2001 our members have reduced their heating oil and kerosene use by an average of 110 gallons a year! We’ve collected some of their stories about adding insulation, sealing air leaks, replacing old heating equipment, installing heat pumps and solar hot water systems and burning wood pellets. Home by home, our members are making a real difference.

Energy Audits

Home Energy Audit
If you want to make your home more comfortable and use less energy, we recommend that you get an energy audit before you replace windows, wrap your hot water tank, install solar hot water or make any major improvements.

Service Areas

Our Member Testimonials

  • Great Service

    I’m sitting in the annual meeting for the Energy Co-op. They've been supplying us with oil for years and great service. They will install a heat pump for us this December once the credit is available. I would highly recommend them!

    Maeve M., South Burlington, Vermont

    Services Provided:

    Heating Oil and Kerosene Prices, Boiler Repair
  • Trouble-free Installation

    “Hi Joe. My thanks to the Energy Co-op, and especially you, for a trouble-free installation and the patience on your part for the delay. It will be easy to recommend you.”

    Fiona M., Underhill, Vermont

    Services Provided:

    Furnace Installation & Replacement, Indirect Water Heaters, Tankless Water Heaters, Oil Tank Repair
  • Definitely Using Less Fuel

    My experience working with Vt. Energy Co-op this fall was exceptional. Paul was extremely professional and informative. After the energy audit we worked together to prioritize a plan.

    Susan T., Shelburne, Vermont

    Services Provided:

    Easy Pay for Heating Oil and Kerosene, Fixed Price Plans, New Oil Tank Regulations, Oil Tank Maintenance, Space Heater Repair
  • Efficiency Success Story

    We've been Co-op members since 2012. In 2005 after using 1,823 gallon of heating oil and five cords of wood for heat and hot water we set out on a long-term effort to bring our energy use under control.

    Chuck & Gaye, Jericho, Vermont

    Services Provided:

    Boiler Installation & Replacement, Indirect Water Heaters, Price Protection FAQ, Space Heater Maintenance
  • Committed to Reducing Fossil Fuel Footprint

    My wife and I are committed to reducing our fossil energy footprint, and have been heating our home with wood, trying to use our old oil burner only as backup. Unfortunately, this leaves some cold corners in the house, including our kid's room.

    Todd C. and Maeve McB., South Burlington, Vermont

    Services Provided:

    Fixed Price Plans, Solar Hot Water Heaters, New Oil Tank Regulations, Space Heater Repair
  • On Time and On Budget
    Thank you so much for all of the wonderful work and guidance you gave us when it came to deciding what our best option for heat should be in our new (to us) house. Last winter, we survived on a wood stove and two older model kerosene heaters.
    Kono Family, Shelburne, Vermont

    Services Provided:

    Furnace Installation & Replacement
  • So Impressed

    I joined the Energy Co-op today. I was so impressed with how quickly you got to me, how detailed you were and how well you spoke of the Co-op. You do not find this kind of thing very often. I thank you.

    Brit V., Essex Junction, Vermont

    Services Provided:

    Furnace Installation & Replacement, Capped Price Plans
  • Weatherization Crew Did Fantastic Job.

    I just wanted to thank you for the great job that you and your weatherization crew did with our house. I have been so pleasantly surprised throughout this process. Last night when I got home and saw the detail that those guys went to in order to ensure everything was done correctly.

    Jason G., Essex Junction