BENNINGTON >> Efficiency Vermont has announced a new partnership designed to identify energy efficiency opportunities in downtown Bennington, and will be hosting a networking mixer to get the project rolling.

The mixer will take place this Thursday, Feb. 18, at the Tap House at Catamount Glass on County Street in Bennington, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Light appetizers will be served and Efficiency Vermont staff will be on hand to talk about the programs they offer.

"Efficiency Vermont has a broad range of programs and services that can help downtown businesses, residents, local government and non-profits identify energy saving goals and build strategies to achieve them," said the organization, a non-profit that was created by the state legislature in 1999 and is funded by energy efficiency charges on Vermonters' electric bills, in a press release.

Efficiency Vermont will be teaming with the Town of Bennington, the Better Bennington Corporation, and the Bennington Area Chamber of Commerce, who will help connect the organization with local partners, identify local opportunities, and promote their services. The BBC will also provide office space for Efficiency Vermont, who will host office hours at their 215 Main Street headquarters at least twice a month.

In addition to the office hours, over the next six months, Efficiency Vermont will host numerous workshops and information sessions, perform energy walkthroughs of businesses and homes, and will host other activities that will be "geared toward achieving energy savings & reducing

the associated financial costs for the community."


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Collaborations between Efficiency Vermont and local partners have bourne fruit across the state and locally. In North Bennington, a partnership between that organization, Bennington College, and Green Mountain Power allowed the village to transition to LED (light emitting diode) streetlights in 2014. They have also hosted numerous forums and public workshops throughout the area.

Efficiency Vermont offers a number of services, including efficiency education, home and business energy assessments, financing for projects that will increase energy efficiency, project support, and help with renovation and construction. For more information, visit their website at www.efficiencyvermont.com, or call them at (888) 921-5990.

Derek Carson can be reached for comment at 802-447-7567, ext. 122.