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  • Town of Smyrna and DEMEC Bring Efficiency Smart Program to Help Customers Save Energy and Money

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    The Town of Smyrna, in partnership with the Delaware Municipal Electric Corporation (DEMEC), is excited to introduce Efficiency Smart, an energy efficiency program for Town of Smyrna electric customers.  DEMEC’s energy efficiency program, Efficiency Smart, offers rebates and several services designed to help residents and businesses reduce energy use.

    Smyrna is expected to save approximately 906 megawatt-hours (MWh) of energy over the course of the three-year contract period. This is equals the annual electric usage of roughly 112 homes.

    The residential services available through the program include a comprehensive set of initiatives that promote sustainable, efficient product use and increase energy efficiency in homes. This includes discounts on energy-efficient lighting, rebates for energy-saving appliances and guidance on reducing electric use.

    By taking advantage of these options, residents can reduce their energy use and save on their utility bills. For example, a resident who:

    • Installs 10 LEDs can save an average of $40 in annual electric costs
    • Plugs appliances and electronics into an advanced powerstrip could save up to $100 in annual electric costs
    • Manages their electric usage with an advanced thermostat could save an average of $70 in annual electric costs

    Business customers also have many ways to save energy and money. Efficiency Smart offers hands-on support, including technical assistance and financial incentives, to encourage the installation of energy-efficient technologies. Example projects include lighting, compressed air and HVAC.

    “The Town of Smyrna is excited about offering Efficiency Smart to all of our electric customers,” said Gary Stulir, Smyrna Town Manager. “Efficiency Smart provides many services that can help both residents and businesses understand their electric usage and take steps to save money through energy efficiency.”

    “We are excited for the opportunity to partner with the Town of Smyrna and DEMEC,” said Sean Clement, Director of Efficiency Smart. “The Town has shown a commitment to energy efficiency, which is a very cost-effective way for communities to reduce their customers’ electric bills, reduce power supply costs, and contribute to local economic development. We look forward to working together with the Town to ensure a successful partnership.”

    For more information about Efficiency Smart services available to the Town of Smyrna through DEMEC’s energy efficiency program, visit www.efficiencysmart.org/smyrna-delaware, or call Efficiency Smart at 877-889-3777.

     

  • EFFICIENCY SMART 2021 Online Savings GIVEAWAY RULES & REGULATIONS

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    EFFICIENCY SMART  2021 Online Savings GIVEAWAY RULES & REGULATIONS

     
    NO PURCHASE IS NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN.  MAKING A PURCHASE WILL NOT IMPROVE ENTRANT’S ODDS OF WINNING. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW.

     
    1. GIVEAWAY PERIOD: The Efficiency Smart Giveaway (“Giveaway”) starts on September 3, 2021 at 9:00 AM Eastern Time and closes on September 5, 2021 at 11:59 PM Eastern Time (“Giveaway Period”). The Giveaway is sponsored by Vermont Energy Investment Corporation d/b/a Efficiency Smart, which has its corporate headquarters at 20 Winooski Way, Floor 5, Winooski, VT 05404 (“Sponsor”). Sponsor is and shall remain solely responsible for the delivery of the Prize(s) to the winner(s). Sponsor’s computer is the official time-keeping device for the Giveaway.
     
    2. ELIGIBILITY: This Giveaway is open to all customers of a participating electric utility subscribed to Efficiency Smart services who are 18 years of age or older and a legal resident of the U.S. at the time of entry into the Giveaway (“Entrants”). Only users with a Facebook account may participate. Employees, agents and representatives of the Sponsor and its subsidiaries and affiliates. The parents, siblings and children of any such employee, agent or representative or any person with whom such employee, agent or representative is domiciled are not eligible to win. Winning a prize is contingent upon fulfilling all requirements set forth herein.
     

    1. PRIZES: The Giveaway consists of one grand prize of a winner’s choice of a dehumidifier, smart power strip, or air purifier from Efficiency Smart’s Online Savings store. The estimated Prize worth ranges between $17.98 and $299.99. Drawing will take place on September 7, 2021. Entrants are only eligible to win one (1) Prize. Sponsor reserves the right to substitute any Prize for one of equal or greater value if the designated Prize should become unavailable for any reason. Winners are responsible for all taxes and fees associated with Prize receipt and/or use.

       
      HOW TO ENTER: NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN.

     

    Participants must comment either smart power strip, dehumidifier, or air purifier on Sponsor’s Facebook post(s) during the Giveaway Period. The Facebook account posting must belong to an adult age 18 or older who is a customer of a participating electric utility subscribed to Efficiency Smart services. Sponsor reserves the right to disqualify any entries which, in its sole and absolute discretion, contain any material that is discriminatory, profane, illicit, fraudulent, abusive, hateful, offensive, harmful, vulgar, distasteful, defamatory, or otherwise violates any relevant law or infringes on any third party’s rights, harasses, threatens, intimidates, or attempts to impersonate any other person, misrepresents a relationship with any person or entity, or represents any attempt to gain unauthorized access to any site or contents including by hacking, mining, attempting to obtain password, account, or any other personal or private information from any other person. Any entry failing to meet these eligibility guidelines may be deleted and disqualified immediately without notice by Efficiency Smart.

     

    Participants may only take part in the Giveaway from a single Facebook profile. If a participant is found to be taking part from several Facebook accounts, they will be disqualified.

     

    Even if Participants make more than one comment on the post, they will only be given a single participation in the random Giveaway.

     

    The entry must fulfill all Giveaway requirements, as specified, to be eligible to win.

    Entries that are incomplete or do not adhere to the rules or specifications may be disqualified at the sole discretion of Sponsor.

     

    You must provide the information requested. You may not enter more times than indicated by using multiple email addresses, identities, or devices to circumvent the rules. If you use fraudulent methods or otherwise attempt to circumvent the rules, your submission may be removed from eligibility at the sole discretion of the Sponsor.

     

    All entries shall become the exclusive property of Sponsor and none will be acknowledged or returned.  Proof of sending or submission will not be deemed to be proof of receipt by Sponsor. Sponsor is not responsible for lost, late, incomplete, invalid, unintelligible, illegible, or misdirected entries, which will be disqualified.

    Each potential winner may be required to show proof of being an authorized account holder.

     
    5. GIVEAWAY DRAWING: The odds of winning each Prize depend on the number of eligible entries received. The odds of an entry winning any Prize will be the same for that specific drawing, whether the entry was automatically generated or submitted by alternate methods of entry.
     
    Prize drawing will be held on September 7, 2021. Sponsor will announce a winner on its Public Facebook page on or before September 15, 2021.

    1. PRIZE AWARDING: Prizes will be awarded only on verification by Sponsor that all Giveaway requirements have been met by the winners. Each Prize must be accepted as awarded and no substitution, transfer, conversion or assignment of Prizes will be allowed, except at the discretion of the Sponsor, who may substitute a Prize of comparable or greater value. Sponsor will notify the winner by Facebook within fifteen (15) days of the date of the applicable drawing. The winner will have three (3) calendar days from notification to accept the Prize via Facebook. Sponsor is not responsible for and shall not be liable for late, lost, misdirected, or unsuccessful efforts to notify the winner. If a selected winner cannot be contacted within the allotted time Sponsor reserves the right to void that entry and select another winner for that Prize by random drawing. In order to be declared an official winner, the selected Entrant must complete, sign and return to Sponsor a Declaration and Release Form within seven (7) days of receipt. If a selected Entrant(s) fails to complete, sign and return the Declaration and Release Form to Sponsor within seven (7) days the Sponsor reserves the right to void that entry and select another eligible Entrant for that Prize. By completing, signing and returning the Declaration and Release Form, the Entrant (i) confirms compliance with these Giveaway Rules and Regulations, (ii) releases and forever discharges the Sponsor, its officers, directors, employees, and agents, its affiliates and subsidiaries and their respective advertising and promotional agencies from all claims, demands, damages, actions and causes of action arising or to arise by reason of the acceptance or use of the Prize, and (iii) gives permission to the Sponsor, at their option, to publish or otherwise use the Entrant’s name, address, photograph, likeness, voice and comments, without compensation, in any publicity carried out by the Sponsor or their respective advertising agencies.
       
      Unless otherwise arranged between Sponsor and winner(s), prizes will be delivered to the official winner within six (6) to eight (8) weeks after receipt of the signed and fully completed Declaration and Release Form. Sponsor is not responsible for and shall not be liable for late, lost, or misdirected communication to the official winners’ email addresses.

       
      GIVEAWAY GENERAL RULES: By entering the Giveaway, Entrants agree to abide by these Giveaway Rules and Regulations and the decisions of Sponsor, which are final.

     

    • WINNERS LIST: To obtain a copy of the winner list or a copy of the Giveaway Rules and Regulations, send your request to:
       
      Efficiency Smart

    20 Winooski Way, Floor 5

    Winooski, VT 05404

     

    Requests must be received no later than November 1, 2021.

     

    • DISQUALIFICATION: The Sponsor is not responsible for lost, interrupted or unavailable network server or other connections, miscommunications, failed telephone or computer or telephone transmissions or technical failure, jumbled, scrambled or misdirected transmissions, or other error of any kind whether human, mechanical or electronic. Persons found tampering with or abusing any aspect of this Giveaway, Sponsor’s website, Sponsor’s Facebook page, as determined by the Sponsor, in its sole discretion, will be disqualified. If disqualified for any of the above abuses, Sponsor reserves the right to terminate the Entrant’s eligibility to participate. In the event any portion of this Giveaway is compromised by virus, bugs, non-authorized human intervention or other causes beyond the control of the Sponsor, which in the sole opinion of Sponsor, corrupts or impairs the administration, security, fairness or proper entry into the Giveaway, Sponsor reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to suspend or terminate the Giveaway and to award Prize(s) to individuals selected at random from the pool of Entrants received up to the point of termination, or to terminate the Giveaway altogether. In no event will more Prizes be awarded than those listed in the Giveaway’s Rules and Regulations, except as otherwise specifically stated herein.

     

     © 2021 Efficiency Smart. The trademarks used herein are the property of their respective owners. All rights reserved.

    This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook. You understand that you are providing your information to Efficiency Smart and not to Facebook. By participating in this promotion, you agree to a complete release of Facebook from any claims.

     

  • About Us

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    VEIC administers Efficiency Smart on behalf of American Municipal Power (AMP). Our operations are based in Columbus, Ohio. Since 2011, we have served more than 65 of AMP's member utilities in Delaware, Michigan, Ohio, and Pennsylvania.

    Efficiency Smart is proud to help participating municipal electric systems and their customers solve energy challenges and save money.

  • City of Bowling Green Introduces Community Energy Savings, a Smart Thermostat Program

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    The City of Bowling Green is now offering Community Energy Savings, a voluntary smart thermostat program designed to reduce the cost of electricity for the community. Bowling Green Municipal Utilities’ electric customers who choose to participate in the program will earn $55 for successfully enrolling in the program.

    When Bowling Green Municipal Utilities purchases power, the cost is partially based on the periods of highest energy consumption from the previous year. By enrolling in the Community Energy Savings program, customers can help decrease the demand for electricity during times of peak usage. This helps keep electric costs down for the entire community.

    How Bowling Green’s Community Energy Savings Program works:

    • Purchase an eligible, Wi-Fi-connected thermostat if you don’t already have one (view eligible thermostats)
    • Install the thermostat and enroll it in the program (only electric customers of Bowling Green Municipal Utilities may participate in the program)
    • Receive a $55 e-gift card for successfully enrolling in the program
    • Bowling Green Municipal Utilities may make remote adjustments to participants’ thermostats during periods of high electric demand between May 1 and September 30
    • Bowling Green Municipal Utilities will adjust the enrolled thermostats by no more than four degrees and for no longer than four hours
    • Participants always have control over their thermostat and may opt out of an adjustment event by changing their thermostat settings
    • Customers who maintain their enrollment in the program will be entered for a chance to win a $250 e-gift card at the end of each summer season

    In addition to the $55 reward for successfully enrolling, Bowling Green Municipal Utilities’ electric customers are eligible for up to a $100 rebate on qualifying, newly purchased thermostats through Efficiency Smart’s Home Energy Rebates program. Qualifying thermostats can also be purchased through Efficiency Smart’s Online Savings Store with the rebate already applied to the purchase price. Visit www.efficiencysmart.org/bowling-green-ohio for information.

    For more information about Bowling Green’s Community Energy Savings Program or to enroll, visit https://enrollmythermostat.com/amp-community-energy-savings or contact us at [email protected]

  • City of Columbiana Introduces Community Energy Savings, a Smart Thermostat Program

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    The City of Columbiana is now offering Community Energy Savings, a voluntary smart thermostat program designed to reduce the cost of electricity for the community. City of Columbiana Electric Department customers who choose to participate in the program will earn $55 for successfully enrolling in the program.

    When the City of Columbiana Electric Department purchases power, the cost is partially based on the periods of highest energy consumption from the previous year. By enrolling in the Community Energy Savings program, customers can help decrease the demand for electricity during times of peak usage. This helps keep electric costs down for the entire community.

    How Columbiana’s Community Energy Savings Program works:

    • Purchase an eligible, Wi-Fi-connected thermostat if you don’t already have one (view eligible thermostats)
    • Install the thermostat and enroll it in the program (only customers of the City of Columbiana Electric Department may participate in the program)
    • Receive a $55 e-gift card for successfully enrolling in the program
    • The City of Columbiana Electric Department may make remote adjustments to participants’ thermostats during periods of high electric demand between May 1 and September 30
    • The City of Columbiana Electric Department will adjust the enrolled thermostats by no more than four degrees and for no longer than four hours
    • Participants always have control over their thermostat and may opt out of an adjustment event by changing their thermostat settings
    • Customers who maintain their enrollment in the program will be entered for a chance to win a $250 e-gift card at the end of each summer season

    In addition to the $55 reward for successfully enrolling, City of Columbiana Electric Department customers are eligible for up to a $100 rebate on qualifying, newly purchased thermostats through Efficiency Smart’s Home Energy Rebates program. Qualifying thermostats can also be purchased through Efficiency Smart’s Online Savings Store with the rebate already applied to the purchase price. Visit www.efficiencysmart.org/columbiana-ohio for information.

    For more information about Columbiana’s Community Energy Savings Program or to enroll, visit https://enrollmythermostat.com/amp-community-energy-savings or contact us at [email protected].

  • Village of Edgerton Introduces Community Energy Savings, a Smart Thermostat Program

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    The Village of Edgerton is now offering Community Energy Savings, a voluntary smart thermostat program designed to reduce the cost of electricity for the community. Village of Edgerton Electric Department customers who choose to participate in the program will earn $55 for successfully enrolling in the program.

    When Edgerton Electric Department purchases power, the cost is partially based on the periods of highest energy consumption from the previous year. By enrolling in the Community Energy Savings program, customers can help decrease the demand for electricity during times of peak usage. This helps keep electric costs down for the entire community.

    How Edgerton’s Community Energy Savings Program works:

    • Purchase an eligible, Wi-Fi-connected thermostat if you don’t already have one (view eligible thermostats)
    • Install the thermostat and enroll it in the program (only electric customers of the Village of Edgerton Electric department may participate in the program)
    • Receive a $55 e-gift card for successfully enrolling in the program
    • Edgerton’s Electric Department may make remote adjustments to participants’ thermostats during periods of high electric demand between May 1 and September 30
    • Edgerton’s Electric Department will adjust the enrolled thermostats by no more than four degrees and for no longer than four hours
    • Participants always have control over their thermostat and may opt out of an adjustment event by changing their thermostat settings
    • Customers who maintain their enrollment in the program will be entered for a chance to win a $250 e-gift card at the end of each summer season

    In addition to the $55 reward for successfully enrolling, the Village of Edgerton’s electric department customers are eligible for up to a $100 rebate on qualifying, newly purchased thermostats through Efficiency Smart’s Home Energy Rebates program. Qualifying thermostats can also be purchased through Efficiency Smart’s Online Savings Store with the rebate already applied to the purchase price. Visit www.efficiencysmart.org/edgerton-Ohio for information.

    For more information about Edgerton’s Community Energy Savings Program or to enroll, visit https://enrollmythermostat.com/amp-community-energy-savings or contact us at [email protected].

     

  • City of Napoleon Introduces Community Energy Savings, a Smart Thermostat Program

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    The City of Napoleon is now offering Community Energy Savings, a voluntary smart thermostat program designed to reduce the cost of electricity for the community. Napoleon Power and Light electric customers who choose to participate in the program will earn $55 for successfully enrolling in the program.

    When Napoleon Power and Light purchases power, the cost is partially based on the periods of highest energy consumption from the previous year. By enrolling in the Community Energy Savings program, customers can help decrease the demand for electricity during times of peak usage. This helps keep electric costs down for the entire community.

    How Napoleon’s Community Energy Savings Program works:

    • Purchase an eligible, Wi-Fi-connected thermostat if you don’t already have one (view eligible thermostats)
    • Install the thermostat and enroll it in the program (only electric customers of Napoleon Power and Light may participate in the program)
    • Receive a $55 e-gift card for successfully enrolling in the program
    • Napoleon Power and Light may make remote adjustments to participants’ thermostats during periods of high electric demand between May 1 and September 30
    • Napoleon Power and Light will adjust the enrolled thermostats by no more than four degrees and for no longer than four hours
    • Participants always have control over their thermostat and may opt out of an adjustment event by changing their thermostat settings
    • Customers who maintain their enrollment in the program will be entered for a chance to win a $250 e-gift card at the end of each summer season

    In addition to the $55 reward for successfully enrolling, Napoleon Power and Light electric customers are eligible for up to a $100 rebate on qualifying, newly purchased thermostats through Efficiency Smart’s Home Energy Rebates program. Qualifying thermostats can also be purchased through Efficiency Smart’s Online Savings Store with the rebate already applied to the purchase price. Visit www.efficiencysmart.org/napoleon-ohio for information.

    For more information about Napoleon’s Community Energy Savings Program or to enroll, visit https://enrollmythermostat.com/amp-community-energy-savings or contact us at [email protected].

     

  • Large Business Solutions

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    Reduce your business’ electric and maintenance costs and meet sustainability goals through customized energy efficiency services and incentives.  

    Efficiency Smart’s consultative and tailored approach includes a dedicated account manager and the support of energy engineers at no cost. Whether your business is installing new equipment, upgrading current systems, constructing a new facility, or expanding a current one, Efficiency Smart works hand-in-hand with you through the process.

  • Small Business Solutions

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    Upgrading to energy-efficient products and equipment can reduce your businesses’ operating costs. These items use less energy, save you money, enhance your customer’s experience, and boost employee productivity.

    From finding cost-effective energy saving opportunities to providing incentives, Efficiency Smart can help you from start to finish at no cost.

  • Municipal Subscription

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    Efficiency Smart offers a portfolio of energy efficiency programs and services with a wide range of options and price points from which to choose. Selections range from comprehensive services with energy savings performance guarantees to a la carte choices that focus on delivering savings or other value in specific market sectors.

  • Online Savings

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    Shop our online store to save on lighting and other products that can help lower your electric bill. All items in the online store have been reviewed and selected by our experts. This means you can shop with confidence knowing that you are purchasing quality products that are proven to save energy in your home.

    It's easy and convenient—our discounts have already been applied to the purchase price, so you have no additional forms to submit. Simply visit the online store and select the items you wish to purchase.

  • Signs It Might Be Time to Replace Your Water Heater

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    How often do you think about your water heater? If you are like most people, probably infrequently when it’s working great.

    However, if you suddenly find yourself with only cold water in the shower, your water heater likely jumps to the top of your mind!

    While water heaters can fail without warning, there are often signs you can look for that indicate it might be time to start planning for a replacement:

    • Visible Corrosion: Check for corrosion on the water lines or on the unit itself
    • Leaks: Look for leaks from seams, joints, or seals
    • Noises and Vibrations: Listen for loud rumbling noises or vibrations, which can be red flags
    • Insufficient Hot Water: Note if you are experiencing a shortage of hot water
    • Age: Review the age of your water heater, as they start nearing the end of their lifespan after ten years of use.

     

    If any of the above sounds like your water heater, you might want to consider replacing your unit with a heat pump water heater. Water heating is typically the third-highest energy consumer in a home, making an energy-efficient heat pump model a smart choice for a replacement. 

    While the initial cost may be higher than standard models, heat pump water heaters make up the difference quickly. The average family of four saves $300 annually on electric bills compared to using a standard model. Efficiency Smart offers a $300 rebate on the purchase of a new heat pump water heater and you may also qualify for additional federal tax credits.

    Check out the Home Energy Rebates page or call our customer support team at 877-889-3777 for more information.

  • Laundry Room Savings

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    Doing laundry can feel like a never-ending cycle. However, you can at least save energy and money while doing it.  

    Here are five ways you can clean up on energy savings while doing laundry:  

    1. Wash with colder water:

    According to ENERGY STAR, 90 percent of a clothes washer’s energy use comes from water heating. Washing in cold water is generally as effective unless you are dealing with oily stains. Even lowering the temperature from hot to warm can reduce energy use by nearly 50 percent.

    1. Maximize Clothes Washer Load Sizes:

    Clothes washers use nearly the same amount of energy regardless of the number of items being washed. Using full loads not only saves energy but also reduces the number of laundry cycles you have to complete.

    1. Clean the lint filter after every use:

    Make cleaning out the lint filter part of your post-dryer routine after every load. Not only will this improve air circulation and keep your dryer operating as expected, but it’s also an important fire safety step.

    1. Use lower heat settings in the dryer.

    While it may seem counterintuitive, using lower heat settings in your dryer can save energy, even if it makes your drying cycle longer. It can also protect your clothes from over-drying.

    1. Choose ENERGY STAR-certified equipment.

    When it's time to upgrade your appliances, pick ENERGY STAR-certified models. ENERGY STAR-certified clothes washers use 20% less energy and 30% less water than standard models. Meanwhile, ENERGY STAR-certified clothes dryers use 20% less energy. Efficiency Smart also offers $50 rebates on both items, helping you save even more

  • EFFICIENCY SMART 2021 Trivia Tuesday GIVEAWAY RULES & REGULATIONS

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    NO PURCHASE IS NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN.  MAKING A PURCHASE WILL NOT IMPROVE ENTRANT’S ODDS OF WINNING. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW.

     
    1. GIVEAWAY PERIOD: The first Efficiency Smart Giveaway (“Giveaway”) starts on November 2, 2021 at 7:00 AM Eastern Time and closes on November 4 , 2021 at 11:59 PM Eastern Time (“Giveaway Period”). The second Efficiency Smart Giveaway (“Giveaway”) starts on November 9, 2021 at 7:00 AM Eastern Time and closes on November 11 , 2021 at 11:59 PM Eastern Time (“Giveaway Period”). The third Efficiency Smart Giveaway (“Giveaway”) starts on November 16, 2021 at 7:00 AM Eastern Time and closes on November 18 , 2021 at 11:59 PM Eastern Time (“Giveaway Period”). The fourth Efficiency Smart Giveaway (“Giveaway”) starts on November 23, 2021 at 7:00 AM Eastern Time and closes on November 25 , 2021 at 11:59 PM Eastern Time (“Giveaway Period”).  The fifth Efficiency Smart Giveaway (“Giveaway”) starts on November 30, 2021 at 7:00 AM Eastern Time and closes on December 2, 2021 at 11:59 PM Eastern Time (“Giveaway Period”). The Giveaway is sponsored by Vermont Energy Investment Corporation d/b/a Efficiency Smart, which has its corporate headquarters at 20 Winooski Way, Floor 5, Winooski, VT 05404 (“Sponsor”). Sponsor is and shall remain solely responsible for the delivery of the Prize(s) to the winner(s). Sponsor’s computer is the official time-keeping device for the Giveaway.
     
    2. ELIGIBILITY: This Giveaway is open to all customers of a participating electric utility subscribed to Efficiency Smart services who are 18 years of age or older and a legal resident of the U.S. at the time of entry into the Giveaway (“Entrants”). Only users with a Facebook account may participate. Employees, agents and representatives of the Sponsor and its subsidiaries and affiliates. The parents, siblings and children of any such employee, agent or representative or any person with whom such employee, agent or representative is domiciled are not eligible to win. Winning a prize is contingent upon fulfilling all requirements set forth herein.
     

    1. PRIZES: The Giveaway consists of drawings for five (5) $25 promotional codes to the Efficiency Smart Online Savings store. The prizes are worth a total of $125. Drawings will take place on November 5, November 11, November 18, November 26, and December 3, 2021. Entrants are only eligible to win one (1) Prize. Sponsor reserves the right to substitute any Prize for one of equal or greater value if the designated Prize should become unavailable for any reason. Winners are responsible for all taxes and fees associated with Prize receipt and/or use.

       
      4. HOW TO ENTER: NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN.

     

    Participants must comment the correct answer of a trivia question Sponsor’s Facebook post(s) during the Giveaway Period. The Facebook account posting must belong to an adult age 18 or older who is a customer of a participating electric utility subscribed to Efficiency Smart services. Sponsor reserves the right to disqualify any entries which, in its sole and absolute discretion, contain any material that is discriminatory, profane, illicit, fraudulent, abusive, hateful, offensive, harmful, vulgar, distasteful, defamatory, or otherwise violates any relevant law or infringes on any third party’s rights, harasses, threatens, intimidates, or attempts to impersonate any other person, misrepresents a relationship with any person or entity, or represents any attempt to gain unauthorized access to any site or contents including by hacking, mining, attempting to obtain password, account, or any other personal or private information from any other person. Any entry failing to meet these eligibility guidelines may be deleted and disqualified immediately without notice by Efficiency Smart.

     

    Participants may only take part in the Giveaway from a single Facebook profile. If a participant is found to be taking part from several Facebook accounts, they will be disqualified.

     

    Even if Participants make more than one comment on the post, they will only be given a single participation in the random Giveaway.

     

    The entry must fulfill all Giveaway requirements, as specified, to be eligible to win.

    Entries that are incomplete or do not adhere to the rules or specifications may be disqualified at the sole discretion of Sponsor.

     

    You must provide the information requested. You may not enter more times than indicated by using multiple email addresses, identities, or devices to circumvent the rules. If you use fraudulent methods or otherwise attempt to circumvent the rules, your submission may be removed from eligibility at the sole discretion of the Sponsor.

     

    All entries shall become the exclusive property of Sponsor and none will be acknowledged or returned.  Proof of sending or submission will not be deemed to be proof of receipt by Sponsor. Sponsor is not responsible for lost, late, incomplete, invalid, unintelligible, illegible, or misdirected entries, which will be disqualified.

    Each potential winner may be required to show proof of being an authorized account holder.

     
    5. GIVEAWAY DRAWING: The odds of winning each Prize depend on the number of eligible entries received. The odds of an entry winning any Prize will be the same for that specific drawing, whether the entry was automatically generated or submitted by alternate methods of entry.
     
    Prize drawings will be held on November 5, November 11, November 18, November 26, and December 3, 2021. Sponsor will announce winners on its Public Facebook page on or before November 10, November 17, November 24, December 1, and December 8 2021.

    1. PRIZE AWARDING: Prizes will be awarded only on verification by Sponsor that all Giveaway requirements have been met by the winners. Each Prize must be accepted as awarded and no substitution, transfer, conversion or assignment of Prizes will be allowed, except at the discretion of the Sponsor, who may substitute a Prize of comparable or greater value. Sponsor will notify the winner by Facebook within fifteen (15) days of the date of the applicable drawing. The winner will have two (2) calendar days from notification to accept the Prize via Facebook. Sponsor is not responsible for and shall not be liable for late, lost, misdirected, or unsuccessful efforts to notify the winner. If a selected winner cannot be contacted within the allotted time Sponsor reserves the right to void that entry and select another winner for that Prize by random drawing. In order to be declared an official winner, the selected Entrant must complete, sign and return to Sponsor a Declaration and Release Form within seven (7) days of receipt. If a selected Entrant(s) fails to complete, sign and return the Declaration and Release Form to Sponsor within seven (7) days the Sponsor reserves the right to void that entry and select another eligible Entrant for that Prize. By completing, signing and returning the Declaration and Release Form, the Entrant (i) confirms compliance with these Giveaway Rules and Regulations, (ii) releases and forever discharges the Sponsor, its officers, directors, employees, and agents, its affiliates and subsidiaries and their respective advertising and promotional agencies from all claims, demands, damages, actions and causes of action arising or to arise by reason of the acceptance or use of the Prize, and (iii) gives permission to the Sponsor, at their option, to publish or otherwise use the Entrant’s name, address, photograph, likeness, voice and comments, without compensation, in any publicity carried out by the Sponsor or their respective advertising agencies.
       
      Unless otherwise arranged between Sponsor and winner(s), prizes will be delivered to the official winner within six (6) to eight (8) weeks after receipt of the signed and fully completed Declaration and Release Form. Sponsor is not responsible for and shall not be liable for late, lost, or misdirected communication to the official winners’ email addresses.

       
      7. GIVEAWAY GENERAL RULES: By entering the Giveaway, Entrants agree to abide by these Giveaway Rules and Regulations and the decisions of Sponsor, which are final.

     

    • WINNERS LIST: To obtain a copy of the winner list or a copy of the Giveaway Rules and Regulations, send your request to:
       
      Efficiency Smart

    20 Winooski Way, Floor 5

    Winooski, VT 05404

     

    Requests must be received no later than January 1, 2022.

     

    • DISQUALIFICATION: The Sponsor is not responsible for lost, interrupted or unavailable network server or other connections, miscommunications, failed telephone or computer or telephone transmissions or technical failure, jumbled, scrambled or misdirected transmissions, or other error of any kind whether human, mechanical or electronic. Persons found tampering with or abusing any aspect of this Giveaway, Sponsor’s website, Sponsor’s Facebook page, as determined by the Sponsor, in its sole discretion, will be disqualified. If disqualified for any of the above abuses, Sponsor reserves the right to terminate the Entrant’s eligibility to participate. In the event any portion of this Giveaway is compromised by virus, bugs, non-authorized human intervention or other causes beyond the control of the Sponsor, which in the sole opinion of Sponsor, corrupts or impairs the administration, security, fairness or proper entry into the Giveaway, Sponsor reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to suspend or terminate the Giveaway and to award Prize(s) to individuals selected at random from the pool of Entrants received up to the point of termination, or to terminate the Giveaway altogether. In no event will more Prizes be awarded than those listed in the Giveaway’s Rules and Regulations, except as otherwise specifically stated herein.

     

     © 2021 Efficiency Smart. The trademarks used herein are the property of their respective owners. All rights reserved.

    This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook. You understand that you are providing your information to Efficiency Smart and not to Facebook. By participating in this promotion, you agree to a complete release of Facebook from any claims.

     

  • EFFICIENCY SMART 2022 Trivia Tuesday GIVEAWAY RULES & REGULATIONS

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    NO PURCHASE IS NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN.  MAKING A PURCHASE WILL NOT IMPROVE ENTRANT’S ODDS OF WINNING. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW.

    1. GIVEAWAY PERIOD: The first Efficiency Smart Giveaway (“Giveaway”) starts on November 1, 2022, at 7:00 AM Eastern Time and closes on November 3, 2022, at 11:59 PM Eastern Time (“Giveaway Period”).

    The second Efficiency Smart Giveaway (“Giveaway”) starts on November 8, 2022, at 7:00 AM Eastern Time and closes on November 10, 2022, at 11:59 PM Eastern Time (“Giveaway Period”).

    The third Efficiency Smart Giveaway (“Giveaway”) starts on November 15, 2022, at 7:00 AM Eastern Time and closes on November 17, 2022, at 11:59 PM Eastern Time (“Giveaway Period”).

    The fourth Efficiency Smart Giveaway (“Giveaway”) starts on November 22, 2022, at 7:00 AM Eastern Time and closes on November 24, 2022, at 11:59 PM Eastern Time (“Giveaway Period”).  

    The fifth Efficiency Smart Giveaway (“Giveaway”) starts on November 29, 2022, at 7:00 AM Eastern Time and closes on December1, 2022 at 11:59 PM Eastern Time (“Giveaway Period”).

    The sixth Efficiency Smart Giveaway (“Giveaway”) starts on November 1, 2022, at 7:00 AM Eastern Time and closes on December 1, 2022, at 11:59 PM Eastern Time (“Giveaway Period”).

    The Giveaway is sponsored by Vermont Energy Investment Corporation d/b/a Efficiency Smart, which has its corporate headquarters at 20 Winooski Way, Floor 5, Winooski, VT 05404 (“Sponsor”). Sponsor is and shall remain solely responsible for the delivery of the Prize(s) to the winner(s). Sponsor’s computer is the official time-keeping device for the Giveaway.
     
    2. ELIGIBILITY: This Giveaway is open to all customers of a participating electric utility subscribed to Efficiency Smart services who are 18 years of age or older and a legal resident of the U.S. at the time of entry into the Giveaway (“Entrants”). Only users with a Facebook account may participate. Employees, agents and representatives of the Sponsor and its subsidiaries and affiliates. The parents, siblings and children of any such employee, agent or representative or any person with whom such employee, agent or representative is domiciled are not eligible to win. Winning a prize is contingent upon fulfilling all requirements set forth herein.

    1. PRIZES: The Giveaway consists of drawings for five energy efficiency kits and one (1) bonus prize of a $100 Visa Gift Card. The prizes are worth a total of $415. Drawings will take place on November 4, November 10, November 17, November 25, and December 3, 2022. Entrants are only eligible to win one (1) energy efficiency kit and one (1) $100 Visa Gift Card. Sponsor reserves the right to substitute any Prize for one of equal or greater value if the designated Prize should become unavailable for any reason. Winners are responsible for all taxes and fees associated with Prize receipt and/or use.
       
      4. HOW TO ENTER: NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN.

    Participants must comment the correct answer of a trivia question on Sponsor’s Facebook post(s) during the Giveaway Period to earn a drawing for the energy efficiency kit. Participants will earn an entry for a drawing of the bonus prize of the $100 Visa Gift Card for each trivia question answered on Sponsor’s Facebook post(s) during the Giveaway period. The Facebook account posting must belong to an adult age 18 or older who is a customer of a participating electric utility subscribed to Efficiency Smart services. Sponsor reserves the right to disqualify any entries which, in its sole and absolute discretion, contain any material that is discriminatory, profane, illicit, fraudulent, abusive, hateful, offensive, harmful, vulgar, distasteful, defamatory, or otherwise violates any relevant law or infringes on any third party’s rights, harasses, threatens, intimidates, or attempts to impersonate any other person, misrepresents a relationship with any person or entity, or represents any attempt to gain unauthorized access to any site or contents including by hacking, mining, attempting to obtain password, account, or any other personal or private information from any other person. Any entry failing to meet these eligibility guidelines may be deleted and disqualified immediately without notice by Efficiency Smart.

    Participants may only take part in the Giveaway from a single Facebook profile. If a participant is found to be taking part from several Facebook accounts, they will be disqualified.

    Even if Participants make more than one comment on a post, they will only be given a single entry in the random Giveaway.

    The entry must fulfill all Giveaway requirements, as specified, to be eligible to win.

    Entries that are incomplete or do not adhere to the rules or specifications may be disqualified at the sole discretion of Sponsor.

    You must provide the information requested. You may not enter more times than indicated by using multiple email addresses, identities, or devices to circumvent the rules. If you use fraudulent methods or otherwise attempt to circumvent the rules, your submission may be removed from eligibility at the sole discretion of the Sponsor.

    All entries shall become the exclusive property of Sponsor, and none will be acknowledged or returned.  Proof of sending or submission will not be deemed to be proof of receipt by Sponsor. Sponsor is not responsible for lost, late, incomplete, invalid, unintelligible, illegible, or misdirected entries, which will be disqualified.

    Each potential winner may be required to show proof of being an authorized account holder.
     
    5. GIVEAWAY DRAWING: The odds of winning each Prize depend on the number of eligible entries received. The odds of an entry winning any Prize will be the same for that specific drawing, whether the entry was automatically generated or submitted by alternate methods of entry.
     
    Prize drawings will be held on November 4, November 10, November 17, November 25, and December 2, 2022. Sponsor will announce winners on its Public Facebook page on or before November 9, November 16, November 23, November 30, and December 7, 2022.

    1. PRIZE AWARDING: Prizes will be awarded only on verification by Sponsor that all Giveaway requirements have been met by the winners. Each Prize must be accepted as awarded and no substitution, transfer, conversion, or assignment of Prizes will be allowed, except at the discretion of the Sponsor, who may substitute a Prize of comparable or greater value. Sponsor will notify the winner by Facebook within fifteen (15) days of the date of the applicable drawing. The winner will have two (2) calendar days from notification to accept the Prize via Facebook. Sponsor is not responsible for and shall not be liable for late, lost, misdirected, or unsuccessful efforts to notify the winner. If a selected winner cannot be contacted within the allotted time Sponsor reserves the right to void that entry and select another winner for that Prize by random drawing. In order to be declared an official winner, the selected Entrant must complete, sign and return to Sponsor a Declaration and Release Form within seven (7) days of receipt. If a selected Entrant(s) fails to complete, sign and return the Declaration and Release Form to Sponsor within seven (7) days the Sponsor reserves the right to void that entry and select another eligible Entrant for that Prize. By completing, signing and returning the Declaration and Release Form, the Entrant (i) confirms compliance with these Giveaway Rules and Regulations, (ii) releases and forever discharges the Sponsor, its officers, directors, employees, and agents, its affiliates and subsidiaries and their respective advertising and promotional agencies from all claims, demands, damages, actions and causes of action arising or to arise by reason of the acceptance or use of the Prize, and (iii) gives permission to the Sponsor, at their option, to publish or otherwise use the Entrant’s name, address, photograph, likeness, voice and comments, without compensation, in any publicity carried out by the Sponsor or their respective advertising agencies.
       
      Unless otherwise arranged between Sponsor and winner(s), prizes will be delivered to the official winner within six (6) to eight (8) weeks after receipt of the signed and fully completed Declaration and Release Form. Sponsor is not responsible for and shall not be liable for late, lost, or misdirected communication to the official winners’ email addresses.

       
      7. GIVEAWAY GENERAL RULES: By entering the Giveaway, Entrants agree to abide by these Giveaway Rules and Regulations and the decisions of Sponsor, which are final.
    • WINNERS LIST: To obtain a copy of the winner list or a copy of the Giveaway Rules and Regulations, send your request to:

     Efficiency Smart

    20 Winooski Way, Floor 5

    Winooski, VT 05404

    Requests must be received no later than January 1, 2023.

    • DISQUALIFICATION: The Sponsor is not responsible for lost, interrupted or unavailable network server or other connections, miscommunications, failed telephone or computer or telephone transmissions or technical failure, jumbled, scrambled, or misdirected transmissions, or other error of any kind whether human, mechanical or electronic. Persons found tampering with or abusing any aspect of this Giveaway, Sponsor’s website, Sponsor’s Facebook page, as determined by the Sponsor, in its sole discretion, will be disqualified. If disqualified for any of the above abuses, Sponsor reserves the right to terminate the Entrant’s eligibility to participate. In the event any portion of this Giveaway is compromised by virus, bugs, non-authorized human intervention or other causes beyond the control of the Sponsor, which in the sole opinion of Sponsor, corrupts or impairs the administration, security, fairness or proper entry into the Giveaway, Sponsor reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to suspend or terminate the Giveaway and to award Prize(s) to individuals selected at random from the pool of Entrants received up to the point of termination, or to terminate the Giveaway altogether. In no event will more Prizes be awarded than those listed in the Giveaway’s Rules and Regulations, except as otherwise specifically stated herein.
    • TAX INFORMATION: Liability for any applicable taxes imposed by any government, if any, on any Prize won is the sole responsibility of the winner of such Prize.
    •  APPLICABLE LAWS: Offer is subject to all applicable federal, state, and local laws and regulations. The rules shall be governed by, interpreted under, and enforced in accordance with the laws of Ohio. Sponsor may, in its sole discretion and without notice to participants, terminate the offer for any reason. Void where prohibited or restricted by law.
    • PRIZE DISCLAIMER: The Sponsor is solely responsible for the delivery of the Prizes to the Prize winners, as declared by the Sponsor. Sponsor shall not be responsible or liable to Entrants for any losses, damages or costs incurred as a result of Entrants entering the Giveaway or use of a Prize won in connection with this Giveaway or the failure by the Sponsor to deliver the Prize to the winner in accordance with the Giveaway Rules and Regulations. By participating in the Giveaway, each Entrant agrees to release and hold harmless Sponsor and the employees, officers, directors, shareholders, agents, representatives of Sponsor, its parent company, affiliates, subsidiaries, advertising, promotion, and fulfillment agencies, harmless from any and all losses, damages, rights, claims and actions of any kind in connection with the Giveaway or resulting from acceptance, possession, or use of any prize, including without limitation, personal injury, death, and property damage, and claims based on publicity rights, defamation, or invasion of privacy.
    • DATA PROTECTION NOTICE: Use of Entrants’ personal information is governed by and Sponsor’s respective Privacy Policies. The Sponsor’s Privacy Policy can be found at https://www.veic.org/privacy-policy.

     

     © 2022 Efficiency Smart. The trademarks used herein are the property of their respective owners. All rights reserved.

    This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed, or administered by, or associated with, Facebook. You understand that you are providing your information to Efficiency Smart and not to Facebook. By participating in this promotion, you agree to a complete release of Facebook from any claims.

  • EFFICIENCY SMART 2023 Groundhog Day GIVEAWAY RULES & REGULATIONS

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    NO PURCHASE IS NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN.  MAKING A PURCHASE WILL NOT IMPROVE ENTRANT’S ODDS OF WINNING. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW.

    1. GIVEAWAY PERIOD: The first Efficiency Smart Giveaway (“Giveaway”) starts on January 25, 2023, at 7:00 AM Eastern Time and closes on February 1, 2023, at 11:59 PM Eastern Time (“Giveaway Period”).

    The Giveaway is sponsored by Vermont Energy Investment Corporation d/b/a Efficiency Smart, which has its corporate headquarters at 20 Winooski Way, Floor 5, Winooski, VT 05404 (“Sponsor”). Sponsor is and shall remain solely responsible for the delivery of the Prize(s) to the winner(s). Sponsor’s computer is the official time-keeping device for the Giveaway.
     
    2. ELIGIBILITY: This Giveaway is open to all customers of a participating electric utility subscribed to Efficiency Smart services who are 18 years of age or older and a legal resident of the U.S. at the time of entry into the Giveaway (“Entrants”). Only users with a Facebook account may participate. Employees, agents and representatives of the Sponsor and its subsidiaries and affiliates. The parents, siblings and children of any such employee, agent or representative or any person with whom such employee, agent or representative is domiciled are not eligible to win. Winning a prize is contingent upon fulfilling all requirements set forth herein.

    3. PRIZES: The Giveaway consists of one (1) drawing for a smart thermostat from Efficiency Smart’s Online Savings store. The prize is worth a range of $125-$249.99. Drawing will take place on February 3, 2023. Sponsor reserves the right to substitute the Prize for one of equal or greater value if the designated Prize should become unavailable for any reason. Winners are responsible for all taxes and fees associated with Prize receipt and/or use.

     
    4. HOW TO ENTER: NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN.

    Participants must comment their prediction if Punxsutawney Phil will see its shadow or not on Groundhog Day on Sponsor’s Facebook post during the Giveaway Period. Those who predicted correctly will earn an entry for a drawing for their choice of a smart thermostat from Efficiency Smart’s Online Savings store. If there is no prediction by Punxsutawney Phil, every eligible participant will be entered in the drawing. The Facebook account posting must belong to an adult age 18 or older who is a customer of a participating electric utility subscribed to Efficiency Smart services. Sponsor reserves the right to disqualify any entries which, in its sole and absolute discretion, contain any material that is discriminatory, profane, illicit, fraudulent, abusive, hateful, offensive, harmful, vulgar, distasteful, defamatory, or otherwise violates any relevant law or infringes on any third party’s rights, harasses, threatens, intimidates, or attempts to impersonate any other person, misrepresents a relationship with any person or entity, or represents any attempt to gain unauthorized access to any site or contents including by hacking, mining, attempting to obtain password, account, or any other personal or private information from any other person. Any entry failing to meet these eligibility guidelines may be deleted and disqualified immediately without notice by Efficiency Smart.

    Participants may only take part in the Giveaway from a single Facebook profile. If a participant is found to be taking part from several Facebook accounts, they will be disqualified.

    Even if Participants make more than one comment on a post, they will only be given a single entry in the random Giveaway based on their first comment.

    The entry must fulfill all Giveaway requirements, as specified, to be eligible to win.

    Entries that are incomplete or do not adhere to the rules or specifications may be disqualified at the sole discretion of Sponsor.

    You must provide the information requested. You may not enter more times than indicated by using multiple email addresses, identities, or devices to circumvent the rules. If you use fraudulent methods or otherwise attempt to circumvent the rules, your submission may be removed from eligibility at the sole discretion of the Sponsor.

    All entries shall become the exclusive property of Sponsor, and none will be acknowledged or returned.  Proof of sending or submission will not be deemed to be proof of receipt by Sponsor. Sponsor is not responsible for lost, late, incomplete, invalid, unintelligible, illegible, or misdirected entries, which will be disqualified.

    Each potential winner may be required to show proof of being an authorized account holder.

     
    5. GIVEAWAY DRAWING: The odds of winning each Prize depend on the number of eligible entries received. The odds of an entry winning any Prize will be the same for that specific drawing, whether the entry was automatically generated or submitted by alternate methods of entry.
     
    Prize drawing will be held on February 3, 2023. Sponsor will announce the winner on its Public Facebook page on or before February 17, 2023

    6. PRIZE AWARDING: Prizes will be awarded only on verification by Sponsor that all Giveaway requirements have been met by the winners. Each Prize must be accepted as awarded and no substitution, transfer, conversion or assignment of Prizes will be allowed, except at the discretion of the Sponsor, who may substitute a Prize of comparable or greater value. Sponsor will notify the winner by Facebook within fifteen (15) days of the date of the applicable drawing. The winner will have two (2) calendar days from notification to accept the Prize via Facebook. Sponsor is not responsible for and shall not be liable for late, lost, misdirected, or unsuccessful efforts to notify the winner. If a selected winner cannot be contacted within the allotted time Sponsor reserves the right to void that entry and select another winner for that Prize by random drawing. In order to be declared an official winner, the selected Entrant must complete, sign and return to Sponsor a Declaration and Release Form within seven (7) days of receipt. If a selected Entrant(s) fails to complete, sign and return the Declaration and Release Form to Sponsor within seven (7) days the Sponsor reserves the right to void that entry and select another eligible Entrant for that Prize. By completing, signing and returning the Declaration and Release Form, the Entrant (i) confirms compliance with these Giveaway Rules and Regulations, (ii) releases and forever discharges the Sponsor, its officers, directors, employees, and agents, its affiliates and subsidiaries and their respective advertising and promotional agencies from all claims, demands, damages, actions and causes of action arising or to arise by reason of the acceptance or use of the Prize, and (iii) gives permission to the Sponsor, at their option, to publish or otherwise use the Entrant’s name, address, photograph, likeness, voice and comments, without compensation, in any publicity carried out by the Sponsor or their respective advertising agencies.

     
    Unless otherwise arranged between Sponsor and winner(s), prizes will be delivered to the official winner within six (6) to eight (8) weeks after receipt of the signed and fully completed Declaration and Release Form. Sponsor is not responsible for and shall not be liable for late, lost, or misdirected communication to the official winners’ email addresses.

     
    7. GIVEAWAY GENERAL RULES: By entering the Giveaway, Entrants agree to abide by these Giveaway Rules and Regulations and the decisions of Sponsor, which are final.

     

    • WINNERS LIST: To obtain a copy of the winner list or a copy of the Giveaway Rules and Regulations, send your request to:

     Efficiency Smart

    20 Winooski Way, Floor 5

    Winooski, VT 05404

    Requests must be received no later than April 1, 2023.

    • DISQUALIFICATION: The Sponsor is not responsible for lost, interrupted or unavailable network server or other connections, miscommunications, failed telephone or computer or telephone transmissions or technical failure, jumbled, scrambled or misdirected transmissions, or other error of any kind whether human, mechanical or electronic. Persons found tampering with or abusing any aspect of this Giveaway, Sponsor’s website, Sponsor’s Facebook page, as determined by the Sponsor, in its sole discretion, will be disqualified. If disqualified for any of the above abuses, Sponsor reserves the right to terminate the Entrant’s eligibility to participate. In the event any portion of this Giveaway is compromised by virus, bugs, non-authorized human intervention or other causes beyond the control of the Sponsor, which in the sole opinion of Sponsor, corrupts or impairs the administration, security, fairness or proper entry into the Giveaway, Sponsor reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to suspend or terminate the Giveaway and to award Prize(s) to individuals selected at random from the pool of Entrants received up to the point of termination, or to terminate the Giveaway altogether. In no event will more Prizes be awarded than those listed in the Giveaway’s Rules and Regulations, except as otherwise specifically stated herein.

     

    • TAX INFORMATION: Liability for any applicable taxes imposed by any government, if any, on any Prize won is the sole responsibility of the winner of such Prize.

     

    •  APPLICABLE LAWS: Offer is subject to all applicable federal, state, and local laws and regulations. The rules shall be governed by, interpreted under, and enforced in accordance with the laws of Ohio. Sponsor may, in its sole discretion and without notice to participants, terminate the offer for any reason. Void where prohibited or restricted by law.

     

    • PRIZE DISCLAIMER: The Sponsor is solely responsible for the delivery of the Prizes to the Prize winners, as declared by the Sponsor. Sponsor shall not be responsible or liable to Entrants for any losses, damages or costs incurred as a result of Entrants entering the Giveaway or use of a Prize won in connection with this Giveaway or the failure by the Sponsor to deliver the Prize to the winner in accordance with the Giveaway Rules and Regulations. By participating in the Giveaway, each Entrant agrees to release and hold harmless Sponsor and the employees, officers, directors, shareholders, agents, representatives of Sponsor, its parent company, affiliates, subsidiaries, advertising, promotion, and fulfillment agencies, harmless from any and all losses, damages, rights, claims and actions of any kind in connection with the Giveaway or resulting from acceptance, possession, or use of any prize, including without limitation, personal injury, death, and property damage, and claims based on publicity rights, defamation, or invasion of privacy.

     

    • DATA PROTECTION NOTICE: Use of Entrants’ personal information is governed by and Sponsor’s respective Privacy Policies. The Sponsor’s Privacy Policy can be found at https://www.veic.org/privacy-policy.

     

     © 2023 Efficiency Smart. The trademarks used herein are the property of their respective owners. All rights reserved.

    This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook. You understand that you are providing your information to Efficiency Smart and not to Facebook. By participating in this promotion, you agree to a complete release of Facebook from any claims.

  • EFFICIENCY SMART 2023 Window Air Conditioner GIVEAWAY RULES & REGULATIONS

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    NO PURCHASE IS NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN.  MAKING A PURCHASE WILL NOT IMPROVE ENTRANT’S ODDS OF WINNING. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW.


     
    1. GIVEAWAY PERIOD: The first Efficiency Smart Giveaway (“Giveaway”) starts on March 1, 2023, at 7:00 AM Eastern Time and closes on March 8, 2023, at 11:59 PM Eastern Time (“Giveaway Period”).

    The Giveaway is sponsored by Vermont Energy Investment Corporation d/b/a Efficiency Smart, which has its corporate headquarters at 20 Winooski Way, Floor 5, Winooski, VT 05404 (“Sponsor”). Sponsor is and shall remain solely responsible for the delivery of the Prize(s) to the winner(s). Sponsor’s computer is the official time-keeping device for the Giveaway.
     
    2. ELIGIBILITY: This Giveaway is open to all customers of a participating electric utility subscribed to Efficiency Smart services who are 18 years of age or older and a legal resident of the U.S. at the time of entry into the Giveaway (“Entrants”). Only users with a Facebook account may participate. Employees, agents and representatives of the Sponsor and its subsidiaries and affiliates. The parents, siblings and children of any such employee, agent or representative or any person with whom such employee, agent or representative is domiciled are not eligible to win. Winning a prize is contingent upon fulfilling all requirements set forth herein. Entrants should be aware that, if selected as a winner, they will be required to enter into an agreement governing use and installation of the prize.
     

    1. PRIZES: The Giveaway consists of one (1) drawing for a window air conditioner from Efficiency Smart’s Online Savings store. The prize is worth a range of $419-$619. Drawing will take place on March 10, 2023. Sponsor reserves the right to substitute the Prize for one of equal or greater value if the designated Prize should become unavailable for any reason. Winners are responsible for all taxes and fees associated with Prize receipt and/or use.

       
      4. HOW TO ENTER: NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN.

    Participants must comment what they are most looking forward to this summer on Sponsor’s Facebook post during the Giveaway Period. The Facebook account posting must belong to an adult age 18 or older who is a customer of a participating electric utility subscribed to Efficiency Smart services. Sponsor reserves the right to disqualify any entries which, in its sole and absolute discretion, contain any material that is discriminatory, profane, illicit, fraudulent, abusive, hateful, offensive, harmful, vulgar, distasteful, defamatory, or otherwise violates any relevant law or infringes on any third party’s rights, harasses, threatens, intimidates, or attempts to impersonate any other person, misrepresents a relationship with any person or entity, or represents any attempt to gain unauthorized access to any site or contents including by hacking, mining, attempting to obtain password, account, or any other personal or private information from any other person. Any entry failing to meet these eligibility guidelines may be deleted and disqualified immediately without notice by Efficiency Smart.

    Participants may only take part in the Giveaway from a single Facebook profile. If a participant is found to be taking part from several Facebook accounts, they will be disqualified.

    Even if Participants make more than one comment on a post, they will only be given a single entry in the random Giveaway based on their first comment.

    The entry must fulfill all Giveaway requirements, as specified, to be eligible to win.

    Entries that are incomplete or do not adhere to the rules or specifications may be disqualified at the sole discretion of Sponsor.

    You must provide the information requested. You may not enter more times than indicated by using multiple email addresses, identities, or devices to circumvent the rules. If you use fraudulent methods or otherwise attempt to circumvent the rules, your submission may be removed from eligibility at the sole discretion of the Sponsor.

    All entries shall become the exclusive property of Sponsor, and none will be acknowledged or returned.  Proof of sending or submission will not be deemed to be proof of receipt by Sponsor. Sponsor is not responsible for lost, late, incomplete, invalid, unintelligible, illegible, or misdirected entries, which will be disqualified.

    Each potential winner may be required to show proof of being an authorized account holder.

     
    5. GIVEAWAY DRAWING: The odds of winning each Prize depend on the number of eligible entries received. The odds of an entry winning any Prize will be the same for that specific drawing, whether the entry was automatically generated or submitted by alternate methods of entry.
     
    Prize drawing will be held on March 10, 2023. Sponsor will announce the winner on its Public Facebook page on or before March 25, 2023.

    1. PRIZE AWARDING: Prizes will be awarded only on verification by Sponsor that all Giveaway requirements have been met by the winners. Each Prize must be accepted as awarded and no substitution, transfer, conversion or assignment of Prizes will be allowed, except at the discretion of the Sponsor, who may substitute a Prize of comparable or greater value. Sponsor will notify the winner by Facebook within fifteen (15) days of the date of the applicable drawing. The winner will have two (2) calendar days from notification to accept the Prize via Facebook. Sponsor is not responsible for and shall not be liable for late, lost, misdirected, or unsuccessful efforts to notify the winner. If a selected winner cannot be contacted within the allotted time Sponsor reserves the right to void that entry and select another winner for that Prize by random drawing. In order to be declared an official winner, the selected Entrant must complete, sign and return to Sponsor a Declaration and Release Form, which includes the terms and conditions governing installation and usage of the prize within seven (7) days of receipt. If a selected Entrant(s) fails to complete, sign and return the Declaration and Release Form to Sponsor within seven (7) days the Sponsor reserves the right to void that entry and select another eligible Entrant for that Prize. By completing, signing and returning the Declaration and Release Form, the Entrant (i) confirms compliance with these Giveaway Rules and Regulations, (ii) releases and forever discharges the Sponsor, its officers, directors, employees, and agents, its affiliates and subsidiaries and their respective advertising and promotional agencies from all claims, demands, damages, actions and causes of action arising or to arise by reason of the acceptance or use of the Prize, and (iii) gives permission to the Sponsor, at their option, to publish or otherwise use the Entrant’s name, address, photograph, likeness, voice and comments, without compensation, in any publicity carried out by the Sponsor or their respective advertising agencies.
       
      Unless otherwise arranged between Sponsor and winner(s), prizes will be delivered to the official winner within six (6) to eight (8) weeks after receipt of the signed and fully completed Declaration and Release Form. Sponsor is not responsible for and shall not be liable for late, lost, or misdirected communication to the official winners’ email addresses.

       
      7. GIVEAWAY GENERAL RULES: By entering the Giveaway, Entrants agree to abide by these Giveaway Rules and Regulations and the decisions of Sponsor, which are final.

     

    • WINNERS LIST: To obtain a copy of the winner list or a copy of the Giveaway Rules and Regulations, send your request to:

     Efficiency Smart

    20 Winooski Way, Floor 5

    Winooski, VT 05404

    Requests must be received no later than June 1, 2023.

    • DISQUALIFICATION: The Sponsor is not responsible for lost, interrupted or unavailable network server or other connections, miscommunications, failed telephone or computer or telephone transmissions or technical failure, jumbled, scrambled or misdirected transmissions, or other error of any kind whether human, mechanical or electronic. Persons found tampering with or abusing any aspect of this Giveaway, Sponsor’s website, Sponsor’s Facebook page, as determined by the Sponsor, in its sole discretion, will be disqualified. If disqualified for any of the above abuses, Sponsor reserves the right to terminate the Entrant’s eligibility to participate. In the event any portion of this Giveaway is compromised by virus, bugs, non-authorized human intervention or other causes beyond the control of the Sponsor, which in the sole opinion of Sponsor, corrupts or impairs the administration, security, fairness or proper entry into the Giveaway, Sponsor reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to suspend or terminate the Giveaway and to award Prize(s) to individuals selected at random from the pool of Entrants received up to the point of termination, or to terminate the Giveaway altogether. In no event will more Prizes be awarded than those listed in the Giveaway’s Rules and Regulations, except as otherwise specifically stated herein.

     

    • TAX INFORMATION: Liability for any applicable taxes imposed by any government, if any, on any Prize won is the sole responsibility of the winner of such Prize.

     

    •  APPLICABLE LAWS: Offer is subject to all applicable federal, state, and local laws and regulations. The rules shall be governed by, interpreted under, and enforced in accordance with the laws of Ohio. Sponsor may, in its sole discretion and without notice to participants, terminate the offer for any reason. Void where prohibited or restricted by law.

     

    • PRIZE DISCLAIMER: The Sponsor is solely responsible for the delivery of the Prizes to the Prize winners, as declared by the Sponsor. Sponsor shall not be responsible or liable to Entrants for any losses, damages or costs incurred as a result of Entrants entering the Giveaway or use of a Prize won in connection with this Giveaway or the failure by the Sponsor to deliver the Prize to the winner in accordance with the Giveaway Rules and Regulations. By participating in the Giveaway, each Entrant agrees to release and hold harmless Sponsor and the employees, officers, directors, shareholders, agents, representatives of Sponsor, its parent company, affiliates, subsidiaries, advertising, promotion, and fulfillment agencies, harmless from any and all losses, damages, rights, claims and actions of any kind in connection with the Giveaway or resulting from acceptance, possession, or use of any prize, including without limitation, personal injury, death, and property damage, and claims based on publicity rights, defamation, or invasion of privacy.

     

    • DATA PROTECTION NOTICE: Use of Entrants’ personal information is governed by and Sponsor’s respective Privacy Policies. The Sponsor’s Privacy Policy can be found at https://www.veic.org/privacy-policy.

     

     © 2023 Efficiency Smart. The trademarks used herein are the property of their respective owners. All rights reserved.

    This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook. You understand that you are providing your information to Efficiency Smart and not to Facebook. By participating in this promotion, you agree to a complete release of Facebook from any claims.

     

  • EFFICIENCY SMART 2023 Earth Day Energy Efficiency Kit GIVEAWAY RULES & REGULATIONS

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    NO PURCHASE IS NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN.  MAKING A PURCHASE WILL NOT IMPROVE ENTRANT’S ODDS OF WINNING. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW.

     
    1. GIVEAWAY PERIOD: The first Efficiency Smart Giveaway (“Giveaway”) starts on April 17, 2023, at 7:00 AM Eastern Time and closes on April 22, 2023, at 11:59 PM Eastern Time (“Giveaway Period”).

    The Giveaway is sponsored by Vermont Energy Investment Corporation d/b/a Efficiency Smart, which has its corporate headquarters at 20 Winooski Way, Floor 5, Winooski, VT 05404 (“Sponsor”). Sponsor is and shall remain solely responsible for the delivery of the Prize(s) to the winner(s). Sponsor’s computer is the official time-keeping device for the Giveaway.
     
    2. ELIGIBILITY: This Giveaway is open to all customers of a participating electric utility subscribed to Efficiency Smart services who are 18 years of age or older and a legal resident of the U.S. at the time of entry into the Giveaway (“Entrants”). Only users with a Facebook account may participate. Employees, agents and representatives of the Sponsor and its subsidiaries and affiliates. The parents, siblings and children of any such employee, agent or representative or any person with whom such employee, agent or representative is domiciled are not eligible to win. Winning a prize is contingent upon fulfilling all requirements set forth herein.

    3. PRIZES: The Giveaway consists of one (1) drawing for an energy efficiency kit . The prize is worth approximately $63. Drawing will take place on April 24, 2023. Sponsor reserves the right to substitute the Prize for one of equal or greater value if the designated Prize should become unavailable for any reason. Winners are responsible for all taxes and fees associated with Prize receipt and/or use.

     
    4. HOW TO ENTER: NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN.

    Participants must comment with one thing they have done to save energy on Sponsor’s Facebook post during the Giveaway Period. The Facebook account posting must belong to an adult age 18 or older who is a customer of a participating electric utility subscribed to Efficiency Smart services. Sponsor reserves the right to disqualify any entries which, in its sole and absolute discretion, contain any material that is discriminatory, profane, illicit, fraudulent, abusive, hateful, offensive, harmful, vulgar, distasteful, defamatory, or otherwise violates any relevant law or infringes on any third party’s rights, harasses, threatens, intimidates, or attempts to impersonate any other person, misrepresents a relationship with any person or entity, or represents any attempt to gain unauthorized access to any site or contents including by hacking, mining, attempting to obtain password, account, or any other personal or private information from any other person. Any entry failing to meet these eligibility guidelines may be deleted and disqualified immediately without notice by Efficiency Smart.

    Participants may only take part in the Giveaway from a single Facebook profile. If a participant is found to be taking part from several Facebook accounts, they will be disqualified.

    Even if Participants make more than one comment on a post, they will only be given a single entry in the random Giveaway based on their first comment.

    The entry must fulfill all Giveaway requirements, as specified, to be eligible to win.

    Entries that are incomplete or do not adhere to the rules or specifications may be disqualified at the sole discretion of Sponsor.

    You must provide the information requested. You may not enter more times than indicated by using multiple email addresses, Facebook accounts, identities, or devices to circumvent the rules. If you use fraudulent methods or otherwise attempt to circumvent the rules, your submission may be removed from eligibility at the sole discretion of the Sponsor.

    All entries shall become the exclusive property of Sponsor, and none will be acknowledged or returned.  Proof of sending or submission will not be deemed to be proof of receipt by Sponsor. Sponsor is not responsible for lost, late, incomplete, invalid, unintelligible, illegible, or misdirected entries, which will be disqualified.

    Each potential winner may be required to show proof of being an authorized account holder.

     
    5. GIVEAWAY DRAWING: The odds of winning each Prize depend on the number of eligible entries received. The odds of an entry winning any Prize will be the same for that specific drawing, whether the entry was automatically generated or submitted by alternate methods of entry.
     
    Prize drawing will be held on April 24, 2023. Sponsor will announce the winner on its Public Facebook page on or before May 25, 2023.

    6. PRIZE AWARDING: Prizes will be awarded only on verification by Sponsor that all Giveaway requirements have been met by the winners. Each Prize must be accepted as awarded and no substitution, transfer, conversion or assignment of Prizes will be allowed, except at the discretion of the Sponsor, who may substitute a Prize of comparable or greater value. Sponsor will notify the winner by Facebook within fifteen (15) days of the date of the applicable drawing. The winner will have two (2) calendar days from notification to accept the Prize via Facebook. Sponsor is not responsible for and shall not be liable for late, lost, misdirected, or unsuccessful efforts to notify the winner. If a selected winner cannot be contacted within the allotted time Sponsor reserves the right to void that entry and select another winner for that Prize by random drawing. In order to be declared an official winner, the selected Entrant must complete, sign and return to Sponsor a Declaration and Release Form, which includes the terms and conditions governing installation and usage of the prize within seven (7) days of receipt. If a selected Entrant(s) fails to complete, sign and return the Declaration and Release Form to Sponsor within seven (7) days the Sponsor reserves the right to void that entry and select another eligible Entrant for that Prize. By completing, signing and returning the Declaration and Release Form, the Entrant (i) confirms compliance with these Giveaway Rules and Regulations, (ii) releases and forever discharges the Sponsor, its officers, directors, employees, and agents, its affiliates and subsidiaries and their respective advertising and promotional agencies from all claims, demands, damages, actions and causes of action arising or to arise by reason of the acceptance or use of the Prize, and (iii) gives permission to the Sponsor, at their option, to publish or otherwise use the Entrant’s name, address, photograph, likeness, voice and comments, without compensation, in any publicity carried out by the Sponsor or their respective advertising agencies.

     
    Unless otherwise arranged between Sponsor and winner(s), prizes will be delivered to the official winner within six (6) to eight (8) weeks after receipt of the signed and fully completed Declaration and Release Form. Sponsor is not responsible for and shall not be liable for late, lost, or misdirected communication to the official winners’ email addresses.

     
    7. GIVEAWAY GENERAL RULES: By entering the Giveaway, Entrants agree to abide by these Giveaway Rules and Regulations and the decisions of Sponsor, which are final.

     

    • WINNERS LIST: To obtain a copy of the winner list or a copy of the Giveaway Rules and Regulations, send your request to:

     Efficiency Smart

    20 Winooski Way, Floor 5

    Winooski, VT 05404

    Requests must be received no later than July 1, 2023.

    • DISQUALIFICATION: The Sponsor is not responsible for lost, interrupted or unavailable network server or other connections, miscommunications, failed telephone or computer or telephone transmissions or technical failure, jumbled, scrambled or misdirected transmissions, or other error of any kind whether human, mechanical or electronic. Persons found tampering with or abusing any aspect of this Giveaway, Sponsor’s website, Sponsor’s Facebook page, as determined by the Sponsor, in its sole discretion, will be disqualified. If disqualified for any of the above abuses, Sponsor reserves the right to terminate the Entrant’s eligibility to participate. In the event any portion of this Giveaway is compromised by virus, bugs, non-authorized human intervention or other causes beyond the control of the Sponsor, which in the sole opinion of Sponsor, corrupts or impairs the administration, security, fairness or proper entry into the Giveaway, Sponsor reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to suspend or terminate the Giveaway and to award Prize(s) to individuals selected at random from the pool of Entrants received up to the point of termination, or to terminate the Giveaway altogether. In no event will more Prizes be awarded than those listed in the Giveaway’s Rules and Regulations, except as otherwise specifically stated herein.

     

    • TAX INFORMATION: Liability for any applicable taxes imposed by any government, if any, on any Prize won is the sole responsibility of the winner of such Prize.

     

    •  APPLICABLE LAWS: Offer is subject to all applicable federal, state, and local laws and regulations. The rules shall be governed by, interpreted under, and enforced in accordance with the laws of Ohio. Sponsor may, in its sole discretion and without notice to participants, terminate the offer for any reason. Void where prohibited or restricted by law.

     

    • PRIZE DISCLAIMER: The Sponsor is solely responsible for the delivery of the Prizes to the Prize winners, as declared by the Sponsor. Sponsor shall not be responsible or liable to Entrants for any losses, damages or costs incurred as a result of Entrants entering the Giveaway or use of a Prize won in connection with this Giveaway or the failure by the Sponsor to deliver the Prize to the winner in accordance with the Giveaway Rules and Regulations. By participating in the Giveaway, each Entrant agrees to release and hold harmless Sponsor and the employees, officers, directors, shareholders, agents, representatives of Sponsor, its parent company, affiliates, subsidiaries, advertising, promotion, and fulfillment agencies, harmless from any and all losses, damages, rights, claims and actions of any kind in connection with the Giveaway or resulting from acceptance, possession, or use of any prize, including without limitation, personal injury, death, and property damage, and claims based on publicity rights, defamation, or invasion of privacy.

     

    • DATA PROTECTION NOTICE: Use of Entrants’ personal information is governed by and Sponsor’s respective Privacy Policies. The Sponsor’s Privacy Policy can be found at https://www.veic.org/privacy-policy.

     

     © 2023 Efficiency Smart. The trademarks used herein are the property of their respective owners. All rights reserved.

    This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook. You understand that you are providing your information to Efficiency Smart and not to Facebook. By participating in this promotion, you agree to a complete release of Facebook from any claims.

  • EFFICIENCY SMART 2023 Trivia Tuesday GIVEAWAY RULES & REGULATIONS

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    NO PURCHASE IS NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN.  MAKING A PURCHASE WILL NOT IMPROVE ENTRANT’S ODDS OF WINNING. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW.


     
    1. GIVEAWAY PERIOD: The first Efficiency Smart Giveaway (“Giveaway”) starts on November 7, 2023, at 7:00 AM Eastern Time and closes on November 9, 2023, at 11:59 PM Eastern Time (“Giveaway Period”).

    The second Efficiency Smart Giveaway (“Giveaway”) starts on November 14, 2023, at 7:00 AM Eastern Time and closes on November 16, 2023 at 11:59 PM Eastern Time (“Giveaway Period”).

    The third Efficiency Smart Giveaway (“Giveaway”) starts on November 21, 2023, at 7:00 AM Eastern Time and closes on November 23, 2023, at 11:59 PM Eastern Time (“Giveaway Period”).

    The fourth Efficiency Smart Giveaway (“Giveaway”) starts on November 28, 2022, at 7:00 AM Eastern Time and closes on November 30, 2023, at 11:59 PM Eastern Time (“Giveaway Period”).  

    The fifth Efficiency Smart Giveaway (“Giveaway”) starts on November 7, 2023, at 7:00 AM Eastern Time and closes on November 30, 2023, at 11:59 PM Eastern Time (“Giveaway Period”).

    The Giveaway is sponsored by Vermont Energy Investment Corporation d/b/a Efficiency Smart, which has its corporate headquarters at 20 Winooski Way, Floor 5, Winooski, VT 05404 (“Sponsor”). Sponsor is and shall remain solely responsible for the delivery of the Prize(s) to the winner(s). Sponsor’s computer is the official time-keeping device for the Giveaway.
     
    2. ELIGIBILITY: This Giveaway is open to all customers of a participating electric utility subscribed to Efficiency Smart services who are 18 years of age or older and a legal resident of the U.S. at the time of entry into the Giveaway (“Entrants”). Only users with a Facebook account may participate. Employees, agents and representatives of the Sponsor and its subsidiaries and affiliates. The parents, siblings and children of any such employee, agent or representative or any person with whom such employee, agent or representative is domiciled are not eligible to win. Winning a prize is contingent upon fulfilling all requirements set forth herein.
     

    3.PRIZES: The Giveaway consists of drawings for four weekly energy efficiency kits and one (1) bonus prize of an energy efficiency kit. The prizes are worth a total of $315. Drawings will take place on November 10, November 17, November 24, and December 1, 2023. Entrants are only eligible to win one (1) energy efficiency kit. Sponsor reserves the right to substitute any Prize for one of equal or greater value if the designated Prize should become unavailable for any reason. Winners are responsible for all taxes and fees associated with Prize receipt and/or use.


     
    4. HOW TO ENTER: NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN.

     

    Participants must comment the correct answer of a trivia question on Sponsor’s Facebook post(s) during the Giveaway Period to earn a drawing for the energy efficiency kit. Participants will earn an entry for a drawing of the bonus prize of energy efficiency kit for each trivia question answered on Sponsor’s Facebook post(s) during the Giveaway period. The Facebook account posting must belong to an adult age 18 or older who is a customer of a participating electric utility subscribed to Efficiency Smart services. Sponsor reserves the right to disqualify any entries which, in its sole and absolute discretion, contain any material that is discriminatory, profane, illicit, fraudulent, abusive, hateful, offensive, harmful, vulgar, distasteful, defamatory, or otherwise violates any relevant law or infringes on any third party’s rights, harasses, threatens, intimidates, or attempts to impersonate any other person, misrepresents a relationship with any person or entity, or represents any attempt to gain unauthorized access to any site or contents including by hacking, mining, attempting to obtain password, account, or any other personal or private information from any other person. Any entry failing to meet these eligibility guidelines may be deleted and disqualified immediately without notice by Efficiency Smart.

    Participants may only take part in the Giveaway from a single Facebook profile. If a participant is found to be taking part from several Facebook accounts, they will be disqualified.

    Even if Participants make more than one comment on a post, they will only be given a single entry in the random Giveaway.

    The entry must fulfill all Giveaway requirements, as specified, to be eligible to win.

    Entries that are incomplete or do not adhere to the rules or specifications may be disqualified at the sole discretion of Sponsor.

    You must provide the information requested. You may not enter more times than indicated by using multiple email addresses, identities, or devices to circumvent the rules. If you use fraudulent methods or otherwise attempt to circumvent the rules, your submission may be removed from eligibility at the sole discretion of the Sponsor.

    All entries shall become the exclusive property of Sponsor, and none will be acknowledged or returned.  Proof of sending or submission will not be deemed to be proof of receipt by Sponsor. Sponsor is not responsible for lost, late, incomplete, invalid, unintelligible, illegible, or misdirected entries, which will be disqualified.

    Each potential winner may be required to show proof of being an authorized account holder.

     
    5. GIVEAWAY DRAWING: The odds of winning each Prize depend on the number of eligible entries received. The odds of an entry winning any Prize will be the same for that specific drawing, whether the entry was automatically generated or submitted by alternate methods of entry.
     
    Prize drawings will be held on November 10, November 17, November 24, , and December 1, 2023. Sponsor will announce winners on its Public Facebook page on or before November 13, November 20, November 27, , and December 4, 2023.

    6.PRIZE AWARDING: Prizes will be awarded only on verification by Sponsor that all Giveaway requirements have been met by the winners. Each Prize must be accepted as awarded and no substitution, transfer, conversion, or assignment of Prizes will be allowed, except at the discretion of the Sponsor, who may substitute a Prize of comparable or greater value. Sponsor will notify the winner by Facebook within fifteen (15) days of the date of the applicable drawing. The winner will have two (2) calendar days from notification to accept the Prize via Facebook. Sponsor is not responsible for and shall not be liable for late, lost, misdirected, or unsuccessful efforts to notify the winner. If a selected winner cannot be contacted within the allotted time Sponsor reserves the right to void that entry and select another winner for that Prize by random drawing. In order to be declared an official winner, the selected Entrant must complete, sign and return to Sponsor a Declaration and Release Form within seven (7) days of receipt. If a selected Entrant(s) fails to complete, sign and return the Declaration and Release Form to Sponsor within seven (7) days the Sponsor reserves the right to void that entry and select another eligible Entrant for that Prize. By completing, signing and returning the Declaration and Release Form, the Entrant (i) confirms compliance with these Giveaway Rules and Regulations, (ii) releases and forever discharges the Sponsor, its officers, directors, employees, and agents, its affiliates and subsidiaries and their respective advertising and promotional agencies from all claims, demands, damages, actions and causes of action arising or to arise by reason of the acceptance or use of the Prize, and (iii) gives permission to the Sponsor, at their option, to publish or otherwise use the Entrant’s name, address, photograph, likeness, voice and comments, without compensation, in any publicity carried out by the Sponsor or their respective advertising agencies.

     
    Unless otherwise arranged between Sponsor and winner(s), prizes will be delivered to the official winner within six (6) to eight (8) weeks after receipt of the signed and fully completed Declaration and Release Form. Sponsor is not responsible for and shall not be liable for late, lost, or misdirected communication to the official winners’ email addresses.

     
    7. GIVEAWAY GENERAL RULES: By entering the Giveaway, Entrants agree to abide by these Giveaway Rules and Regulations and the decisions of Sponsor, which are final.

     

    • WINNERS LIST: To obtain a copy of the winner list or a copy of the Giveaway Rules and Regulations, send your request to:

     Efficiency Smart

    20 Winooski Way, Floor 5

    Winooski, VT 05404

    Requests must be received no later than January 1, 2024.

    • DISQUALIFICATION: The Sponsor is not responsible for lost, interrupted or unavailable network server or other connections, miscommunications, failed telephone or computer or telephone transmissions or technical failure, jumbled, scrambled, or misdirected transmissions, or other error of any kind whether human, mechanical or electronic. Persons found tampering with or abusing any aspect of this Giveaway, Sponsor’s website, Sponsor’s Facebook page, as determined by the Sponsor, in its sole discretion, will be disqualified. If disqualified for any of the above abuses, Sponsor reserves the right to terminate the Entrant’s eligibility to participate. In the event any portion of this Giveaway is compromised by virus, bugs, non-authorized human intervention or other causes beyond the control of the Sponsor, which in the sole opinion of Sponsor, corrupts or impairs the administration, security, fairness or proper entry into the Giveaway, Sponsor reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to suspend or terminate the Giveaway and to award Prize(s) to individuals selected at random from the pool of Entrants received up to the point of termination, or to terminate the Giveaway altogether. In no event will more Prizes be awarded than those listed in the Giveaway’s Rules and Regulations, except as otherwise specifically stated herein.

     

    • TAX INFORMATION: Liability for any applicable taxes imposed by any government, if any, on any Prize won is the sole responsibility of the winner of such Prize.

     

    •  APPLICABLE LAWS: Offer is subject to all applicable federal, state, and local laws and regulations. The rules shall be governed by, interpreted under, and enforced in accordance with the laws of Ohio. Sponsor may, in its sole discretion and without notice to participants, terminate the offer for any reason. Void where prohibited or restricted by law.

     

    • PRIZE DISCLAIMER: The Sponsor is solely responsible for the delivery of the Prizes to the Prize winners, as declared by the Sponsor. Sponsor shall not be responsible or liable to Entrants for any losses, damages or costs incurred as a result of Entrants entering the Giveaway or use of a Prize won in connection with this Giveaway or the failure by the Sponsor to deliver the Prize to the winner in accordance with the Giveaway Rules and Regulations. By participating in the Giveaway, each Entrant agrees to release and hold harmless Sponsor and the employees, officers, directors, shareholders, agents, representatives of Sponsor, its parent company, affiliates, subsidiaries, advertising, promotion, and fulfillment agencies, harmless from any and all losses, damages, rights, claims and actions of any kind in connection with the Giveaway or resulting from acceptance, possession, or use of any prize, including without limitation, personal injury, death, and property damage, and claims based on publicity rights, defamation, or invasion of privacy.

     

    • DATA PROTECTION NOTICE: Use of Entrants’ personal information is governed by and Sponsor’s respective Privacy Policies. The Sponsor’s Privacy Policy can be found at https://www.veic.org/privacy-policy.

     

     © 2023 Efficiency Smart. The trademarks used herein are the property of their respective owners. All rights reserved.

    This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed, or administered by, or associated with, Facebook. You understand that you are providing your information to Efficiency Smart and not to Facebook. By participating in this promotion, you agree to a complete release of Facebook from any claims.

  • EFFICIENCY SMART 2024 JANUARY GIVEAWAY RULES & REGULATIONS

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    NO PURCHASE IS NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN.  MAKING A PURCHASE WILL NOT IMPROVE ENTRANT’S ODDS OF WINNING. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW.

    1. GIVEAWAY PERIOD: The first Efficiency Smart Giveaway (“Giveaway”) starts on January 22, 2024, at 7:00 AM Eastern Time and closes on January 23, 2024, at 11:59 PM Eastern Time (“Giveaway Period”).

    The Giveaway is sponsored by Vermont Energy Investment Corporation d/b/a Efficiency Smart, which has its corporate headquarters at 20 Winooski Way, Floor 5, Winooski, VT 05404 (“Sponsor”). Sponsor is and shall remain solely responsible for the delivery of the Prize(s) to the winner(s). Sponsor’s computer is the official time-keeping device for the Giveaway.
     
    2. ELIGIBILITY: This Giveaway is open to all customers of a participating electric utility subscribed to Efficiency Smart services who are 18 years of age or older and a legal resident of the U.S. at the time of entry into the Giveaway (“Entrants”). Employees, agents and representatives of the Sponsor and its subsidiaries and affiliates and the parents, siblings and children of any such employee, agent or representative or any person with whom such employee, agent or representative is domiciled are not eligible to win. Winning a prize is contingent upon fulfilling all requirements set forth herein. Entrants should be aware that, if selected as a winner, they will be required to enter into an agreement governing use and installation of the prize.

    3.PRIZES: The Giveaway consists of one (1) drawing for an energy efficiency kit (“Prize” or “Prizes”). The Prize is worth approximately $63. The drawing will take place on January 24, 2024. Sponsor reserves the right to substitute the Prize for one of equal or greater value if the designated Prize should become unavailable for any reason. Winners are responsible for all taxes and fees associated with Prize receipt and/or use.

    4.HOW TO ENTER: NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN.

    Participants must comment with their favorite way to stay warm in the winter on Sponsor’s Facebook post, or email it to [email protected] during the Giveaway Period. The Facebook account posting or the email account used must belong to an adult age 18 or older who is a customer of a participating electric utility subscribed to Efficiency Smart services. Sponsor reserves the right to disqualify any entries which, in its sole and absolute discretion, contain any material that is discriminatory, profane, illicit, fraudulent, abusive, hateful, offensive, harmful, vulgar, distasteful, defamatory, or otherwise violates any relevant law or infringes on any third party’s rights, harasses, threatens, intimidates, or attempts to impersonate any other person, misrepresents a relationship with any person or entity, or represents any attempt to gain unauthorized access to any site or contents including by hacking, mining, attempting to obtain password, account, or any other personal or private information from any other person. Any entry failing to meet these eligibility guidelines may be deleted and disqualified immediately without notice by Sponsor.

    Participants may only take part in the Giveaway from a single Facebook profile or email account. If a participant is found to be taking part from several Facebook or email accounts, they will be disqualified.

    Even if Participants make more than one comment on a post or sends more than one email, they will only be given a single entry in the random Giveaway based on their first comment or email.

    The entry must fulfill all Giveaway requirements, as specified, to be eligible to win.

    Entries that are incomplete or do not adhere to the rules or specifications may be disqualified at the sole discretion of Sponsor.

    You must provide the information requested. You may not enter more times than indicated by using multiple email addresses, identities, or devices to circumvent the rules. If you use fraudulent methods or otherwise attempt to circumvent the rules, your submission may be removed from eligibility at the sole discretion of the Sponsor.

    All entries shall become the exclusive property of Sponsor, and none will be acknowledged or returned.  Proof of sending or submission will not be deemed to be proof of receipt by Sponsor. Sponsor is not responsible for lost, late, incomplete, invalid, unintelligible, illegible, or misdirected entries, which will be disqualified.

    Each potential winner may be required to show proof of being an authorized account holder.

    5. GIVEAWAY DRAWING: The odds of winning each Prize depend on the number of eligible entries received. The odds of an entry winning any Prize will be the same for that specific drawing, whether the entry was automatically generated or submitted by alternate methods of entry.
     
    Prize drawing will be held on January 24, 2024. Sponsor will announce the winner on its Public Facebook page on or before February 16, 2024.

    6. PRIZE AWARDING: Prizes will be awarded only on verification by Sponsor that all Giveaway requirements have been met by the winners. Each Prize must be accepted as awarded and no substitution, transfer, conversion or assignment of Prizes will be allowed, except at the discretion of the Sponsor, who may substitute a Prize of comparable or greater value. Sponsor will notify the winner by Facebook or email within fifteen (15) days of the date of the applicable drawing. The winner will have two (2) calendar days from notification to accept the Prize via Facebook or email. Sponsor is not responsible for and shall not be liable for late, lost, misdirected, or unsuccessful efforts to notify the winner. If a selected winner cannot be contacted within the allotted time Sponsor reserves the right to void that entry and select another winner for that Prize by random drawing. In order to be declared an official winner, the selected Entrant must complete, sign and return to Sponsor a Declaration and Release Form, which includes the terms and conditions governing installation and usage of the prize within seven (7) days of receipt. If a selected Entrant(s) fails to complete, sign and return the Declaration and Release Form to Sponsor within seven (7) days the Sponsor reserves the right to void that entry and select another eligible Entrant for that Prize. By completing, signing and returning the Declaration and Release Form, the Entrant (i) confirms compliance with these Giveaway Rules and Regulations, (ii) releases and forever discharges the Sponsor, its officers, directors, employees, and agents, its affiliates and subsidiaries and their respective advertising and promotional agencies from all claims, demands, damages, actions and causes of action arising or to arise by reason of the acceptance or use of the Prize, and (iii) gives permission to the Sponsor, at their option, to publish or otherwise use the Entrant’s name, address, photograph, likeness, voice and comments, without compensation, in any publicity carried out by the Sponsor or their respective advertising agencies.

     
    Unless otherwise arranged between Sponsor and winner(s), Prizes will be delivered to the official winner within six (6) to eight (8) weeks after receipt of the signed and fully completed Declaration and Release Form. Sponsor is not responsible for and shall not be liable for late, lost, or misdirected communication to the official winners’ email addresses.
     
    7. GIVEAWAY GENERAL RULES: By entering the Giveaway, Entrants agree to abide by these Giveaway Rules and Regulations and the decisions of Sponsor, which are final.

    8.WINNERS LIST: To obtain a copy of the winner list or a copy of the Giveaway Rules and Regulations, send your request to:

    Efficiency Smart

    20 Winooski Falls Way, Floor 5

    Winooski, VT 05404

    Requests must be received no later than June 1, 2024.

    9.DISQUALIFICATION: The Sponsor is not responsible for lost, interrupted or unavailable network server or other connections, miscommunications, failed telephone or computer or telephone transmissions or technical failure, jumbled, scrambled or misdirected transmissions, or other error of any kind whether human, mechanical or electronic. Persons found tampering with or abusing any aspect of this Giveaway, Sponsor’s website, or Sponsor’s Facebook page, as determined by the Sponsor, in its sole discretion, will be disqualified. If disqualified for any of the above abuses, Sponsor reserves the right to terminate the Entrant’s eligibility to participate. In the event any portion of this Giveaway is compromised by virus, bugs, non-authorized human intervention or other causes beyond the control of the Sponsor, which in the sole opinion of Sponsor, corrupts or impairs the administration, security, fairness or proper entry into the Giveaway, Sponsor reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to suspend or terminate the Giveaway and to award Prize(s) to individuals selected at random from the pool of Entrants received up to the point of termination, or to terminate the Giveaway altogether. In no event will more Prizes be awarded than those listed in the Giveaway’s Rules and Regulations, except as otherwise specifically stated herein.

    10. TAX INFORMATION: Liability for any applicable taxes imposed by any government, if any, on any Prize won is the sole responsibility of the winner of such Prize.

    11. APPLICABLE LAWS: Offer is subject to all applicable federal, state, and local laws and regulations. The rules shall be governed by, interpreted under, and enforced in accordance with the laws of Ohio. Sponsor may, in its sole discretion and without notice to participants, terminate the offer for any reason. Void where prohibited or restricted by law.

    12. PRIZE DISCLAIMER: The Sponsor is solely responsible for the delivery of the Prize(s) to the Prize winner(s), as declared by the Sponsor. Sponsor shall not be responsible or liable to Entrants for any losses, damages or costs incurred as a result of Entrants entering the Giveaway or use of a Prize won in connection with this Giveaway or the failure by the Sponsor to deliver the Prize to the winner in accordance with the Giveaway Rules and Regulations. By participating in the Giveaway, each Entrant agrees to release and hold harmless Sponsor and the employees, officers, directors, shareholders, agents, representatives of Sponsor, its parent company, affiliates, subsidiaries, and advertising, promotion, and fulfillment agencies, harmless from any and all losses, damages, rights, claims and actions of any kind in connection with the Giveaway or resulting from acceptance, possession, or use of any Prize, including without limitation, personal injury, death, and property damage, and claims based on publicity rights, defamation, or invasion of privacy.

    13. DATA PROTECTION NOTICE: Use of Entrants’ personal information is governed by and Sponsor’s respective Privacy Policies. The Sponsor’s Privacy Policy can be found at https://www.veic.org/privacy-policy.

     © 2024 Efficiency Smart. The trademarks used herein are the property of their respective owners. All rights reserved.

    This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook. You understand that you are providing your information to Vermont Energy Investment Corporation and not to Facebook. By participating in this promotion, you agree to a complete release of Facebook from any claims.

  • EFFICIENCY SMART 2024 Earth Day Energy Efficiency Kit GIVEAWAY RULES & REGULATIONS

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    NO PURCHASE IS NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN.  MAKING A PURCHASE WILL NOT IMPROVE ENTRANT’S ODDS OF WINNING. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW.

     
    1. GIVEAWAY PERIOD: The Efficiency Smart Giveaway (“Giveaway”) starts on April 22, 2024, at 7:00 AM Eastern Time and closes on April 23, 2024, at 11:59 PM Eastern Time (“Giveaway Period”).

    The Giveaway is sponsored by Vermont Energy Investment Corporation d/b/a Efficiency Smart, which has its corporate headquarters at 20 Winooski Way, Floor 5, Winooski, VT 05404 (“Sponsor”). Sponsor is and shall remain solely responsible for the delivery of the Prize(s) to the winner(s). Sponsor’s computer is the official time-keeping device for the Giveaway.
     
    2. ELIGIBILITY: This Giveaway is open to all customers of a participating electric utility subscribed to Efficiency Smart services who are 18 years of age or older and a legal resident of the U.S. at the time of entry into the Giveaway (“Entrants”). Only users with a Facebook account may participate. Employees, agents and representatives of the Sponsor and its subsidiaries and affiliates. The parents, siblings and children of any such employee, agent or representative or any person with whom such employee, agent or representative is domiciled are not eligible to win. Winning a prize is contingent upon fulfilling all requirements set forth herein. 

    1. PRIZES: The Giveaway consists of one (1) drawing for an energy efficiency kit . The prize is worth approximately $63. Drawing will take place on April 25, 2024. Sponsor reserves the right to substitute the Prize for one of equal or greater value if the designated Prize should become unavailable for any reason. Winners are responsible for all taxes and fees associated with Prize receipt and/or use.

       
      4. HOW TO ENTER: NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN.

    Participants must comment with one thing they have done to save energy on Sponsor’s Facebook post or email it to [email protected] during the Giveaway Period. The Facebook account posting must belong to an adult age 18 or older who is a customer of a participating electric utility subscribed to Efficiency Smart services. Sponsor reserves the right to disqualify any entries which, in its sole and absolute discretion, contain any material that is discriminatory, profane, illicit, fraudulent, abusive, hateful, offensive, harmful, vulgar, distasteful, defamatory, or otherwise violates any relevant law or infringes on any third party’s rights, harasses, threatens, intimidates, or attempts to impersonate any other person, misrepresents a relationship with any person or entity, or represents any attempt to gain unauthorized access to any site or contents including by hacking, mining, attempting to obtain password, account, or any other personal or private information from any other person. Any entry failing to meet these eligibility guidelines may be deleted and disqualified immediately without notice by Efficiency Smart.

    Participants may only take part in the Giveaway from a single Facebook profile. If a participant is found to be taking part from several Facebook accounts, they will be disqualified.

    Even if Participants make more than one comment on a post, they will only be given a single entry in the random Giveaway based on their first comment.

    The entry must fulfill all Giveaway requirements, as specified, to be eligible to win.

    Entries that are incomplete or do not adhere to the rules or specifications may be disqualified at the sole discretion of Sponsor.

    You must provide the information requested. You may not enter more times than indicated by using multiple email addresses, Facebook accounts, identities, or devices to circumvent the rules. If you use fraudulent methods or otherwise attempt to circumvent the rules, your submission may be removed from eligibility at the sole discretion of the Sponsor.

    All entries shall become the exclusive property of Sponsor, and none will be acknowledged or returned.  Proof of sending or submission will not be deemed to be proof of receipt by Sponsor. Sponsor is not responsible for lost, late, incomplete, invalid, unintelligible, illegible, or misdirected entries, which will be disqualified.

    Each potential winner may be required to show proof of being an authorized account holder.

     
    5. GIVEAWAY DRAWING: The odds of winning each Prize depend on the number of eligible entries received. The odds of an entry winning any Prize will be the same for that specific drawing, whether the entry was automatically generated or submitted by alternate methods of entry.
     
    Prize drawing will be held on April 25, 2024. Sponsor will announce the winner on its Public Facebook page on or before May 25, 2024.

    1. PRIZE AWARDING: Prizes will be awarded only on verification by Sponsor that all Giveaway requirements have been met by the winners. Each Prize must be accepted as awarded and no substitution, transfer, conversion or assignment of Prizes will be allowed, except at the discretion of the Sponsor, who may substitute a Prize of comparable or greater value. Sponsor will notify the winner by Facebook within fifteen (15) days of the date of the applicable drawing. The winner will have two (2) calendar days from notification to accept the Prize via Facebook. Sponsor is not responsible for and shall not be liable for late, lost, misdirected, or unsuccessful efforts to notify the winner. If a selected winner cannot be contacted within the allotted time Sponsor reserves the right to void that entry and select another winner for that Prize by random drawing. In order to be declared an official winner, the selected Entrant must complete, sign and return to Sponsor a Declaration and Release Form, which includes the terms and conditions governing installation and usage of the prize within seven (7) days of receipt. If a selected Entrant(s) fails to complete, sign and return the Declaration and Release Form to Sponsor within seven (7) days the Sponsor reserves the right to void that entry and select another eligible Entrant for that Prize. By completing, signing and returning the Declaration and Release Form, the Entrant (i) confirms compliance with these Giveaway Rules and Regulations, (ii) releases and forever discharges the Sponsor, its officers, directors, employees, and agents, its affiliates and subsidiaries and their respective advertising and promotional agencies from all claims, demands, damages, actions and causes of action arising or to arise by reason of the acceptance or use of the Prize, and (iii) gives permission to the Sponsor, at their option, to publish or otherwise use the Entrant’s name, address, photograph, likeness, voice and comments, without compensation, in any publicity carried out by the Sponsor or their respective advertising agencies.
       
      Unless otherwise arranged between Sponsor and winner(s), prizes will be delivered to the official winner within six (6) to eight (8) weeks after receipt of the signed and fully completed Declaration and Release Form. Sponsor is not responsible for and shall not be liable for late, lost, or misdirected communication to the official winners’ email addresses.

       
      7. GIVEAWAY GENERAL RULES: By entering the Giveaway, Entrants agree to abide by these Giveaway Rules and Regulations and the decisions of Sponsor, which are final.

     

    • WINNERS LIST: To obtain a copy of the winner list or a copy of the Giveaway Rules and Regulations, send your request to:

     Efficiency Smart

    20 Winooski Way, Floor 5

    Winooski, VT 05404

    Requests must be received no later than July 1, 2024.

    • DISQUALIFICATION: The Sponsor is not responsible for lost, interrupted or unavailable network server or other connections, miscommunications, failed telephone or computer or telephone transmissions or technical failure, jumbled, scrambled or misdirected transmissions, or other error of any kind whether human, mechanical or electronic. Persons found tampering with or abusing any aspect of this Giveaway, Sponsor’s website, Sponsor’s Facebook page, as determined by the Sponsor, in its sole discretion, will be disqualified. If disqualified for any of the above abuses, Sponsor reserves the right to terminate the Entrant’s eligibility to participate. In the event any portion of this Giveaway is compromised by virus, bugs, non-authorized human intervention or other causes beyond the control of the Sponsor, which in the sole opinion of Sponsor, corrupts or impairs the administration, security, fairness or proper entry into the Giveaway, Sponsor reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to suspend or terminate the Giveaway and to award Prize(s) to individuals selected at random from the pool of Entrants received up to the point of termination, or to terminate the Giveaway altogether. In no event will more Prizes be awarded than those listed in the Giveaway’s Rules and Regulations, except as otherwise specifically stated herein.

     

    • TAX INFORMATION: Liability for any applicable taxes imposed by any government, if any, on any Prize won is the sole responsibility of the winner of such Prize.

     

    •  APPLICABLE LAWS: Offer is subject to all applicable federal, state, and local laws and regulations. The rules shall be governed by, interpreted under, and enforced in accordance with the laws of Ohio. Sponsor may, in its sole discretion and without notice to participants, terminate the offer for any reason. Void where prohibited or restricted by law.

     

    • PRIZE DISCLAIMER: The Sponsor is solely responsible for the delivery of the Prizes to the Prize winners, as declared by the Sponsor. Sponsor shall not be responsible or liable to Entrants for any losses, damages or costs incurred as a result of Entrants entering the Giveaway or use of a Prize won in connection with this Giveaway or the failure by the Sponsor to deliver the Prize to the winner in accordance with the Giveaway Rules and Regulations. By participating in the Giveaway, each Entrant agrees to release and hold harmless Sponsor and the employees, officers, directors, shareholders, agents, representatives of Sponsor, its parent company, affiliates, subsidiaries, advertising, promotion, and fulfillment agencies, harmless from any and all losses, damages, rights, claims and actions of any kind in connection with the Giveaway or resulting from acceptance, possession, or use of any prize, including without limitation, personal injury, death, and property damage, and claims based on publicity rights, defamation, or invasion of privacy.

     

    • DATA PROTECTION NOTICE: Use of Entrants’ personal information is governed by and Sponsor’s respective Privacy Policies. The Sponsor’s Privacy Policy can be found at https://www.veic.org/privacy-policy.

     

     © 2023 Efficiency Smart. The trademarks used herein are the property of their respective owners. All rights reserved.

    This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook. You understand that you are providing your information to Efficiency Smart and not to Facebook. By participating in this promotion, you agree to a complete release of Facebook from any claims.

  • EFFICIENCY SMART 2024 Volunteer Contest GIVEAWAY RULES & REGULATIONS

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    NO PURCHASE IS NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. MAKING A PURCHASE WILL NOT IMPROVE ENTRANT’S ODDS OF WINNING. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW.

    1. GIVEAWAY PERIOD: The period for volunteer nominations (“Giveaway”) starts on March 22, 2024, at 7:00 AM Eastern Time and closes on April 16, 2024, at 11:59 PM Eastern Time (“Giveaway Period”). The Giveaway will have two distinct phases: initial nominations, and the finalist community vote. The initial nominations will be from April 12, 2024, through April 16, 2024. The finalist community vote will begin on April 30, 2024, at approximately 8:00 AM Eastern Time and close on May 10, 2024, at 11:59 PM Eastern Time (“Giveaway Period”). The Giveaway is sponsored by Vermont Energy Investment Corporation d/b/a Efficiency Smart, which has its corporate headquarters at 20 Winooski Falls Way, Floor 5, Winooski, VT 05404 (“Sponsor”). Sponsor is and shall remain solely responsible for the delivery of the Prize(s) to the winner(s). Sponsor’s computer is the official time-keeping device for the Giveaway.

     

    1. ELIGIBILITY: This Giveaway is open to all volunteers who make a difference in an Efficiency Smart community who are 18 years of age or older and a legal resident of the U.S. at the time of entry into the Giveaway (“Entrants”). Employees, agents, and representatives of the Sponsor and its subsidiaries and affiliates are not eligible to win. The parents, siblings, and children of any such employee, agent, or representative or any person with whom such employee, agent, or representative is domiciled are not eligible to win. Winning a prize is contingent upon fulfilling all requirements set forth herein.

     

    Each nominee must be a volunteer who is nominated by name on Sponsor’s contest sign up form at  https://woobox.com/aniafx during the participation period.

     

    To be eligible to submit a nomination, participants must reside in the United States and have a valid email address.

     

    1. PRIZES: The Giveaway consists of one (1) grand prize and four (4) additional prizes as follows

     (each, a “Prize” and collectively, the “Prizes”):

     

    One (1) grand prize of a free energy efficiency check-up and $500, One (1) runner up prize of a free energy efficiency check-up and $250

    Three (3) consolation prizes of a free energy efficiency check-up and a $100 

     

    The prizes are worth a total of up to $1,050. Entrants are only eligible to win one (1) prize.

    The Grand Prize will be awarded to the highest vote getter per capita based on residential meter counts in the finalist community vote phase ending on May 10, 2024. Efficiency Smart will tally the votes received and verify eligibility of the finalist receiving the most votes before announcing the Grand Prize winner.

     

    The other Prizes will be awarded in order of total votes received per capita of eligible entries.

     

    Sponsor reserves the right to substitute the Prize for one of equal or greater value if the designated Prize should become unavailable for any reason. Winners are responsible for all taxes and fees associated with Prize receipt and/or use.

     

    1. HOW TO ENTER: NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR

     

    Nominees may be entered to win by participating during the initial nomination phase of the Giveaway on the sponsor’s online form at  https://woobox.com/aniafx or via email at [email protected]. Sponsor will select five (5) of these nominees as finalists to proceed to the community vote for the Grand Prize. To win the Grand prize, a nominee must have been nominated by a participant, selected as a finalist by Sponsor, and receive the most votes per capita in the finalist community vote. The other Prizes will be awarded in order of total votes received per capita of eligible entries. The community vote will take place on the sponsor’s online form at  https://woobox.com/gy7353.

     

    Sponsor reserves the right to disqualify any entries which, in its sole and absolute discretion, contain any material that is discriminatory, profane, illicit, fraudulent, abusive, hateful, offensive, harmful, vulgar, distasteful, defamatory, or otherwise violates any relevant law or infringes on any third party’s rights, harasses, threatens, intimidates, or attempts to impersonate any other person, misrepresents a relationship with any person or entity, or represents any attempt to gain unauthorized access to any site or contents including by hacking, mining, attempting to obtain password, account, or any other personal or private information from any other person. Any entry failing to meet these eligibility guidelines may be deleted and disqualified immediately without notice by Efficiency Smart.

     

    Participants may only take part in the Giveaway from a single email account. If a participant is found to be taking part from several email accounts, they will be disqualified. Participants are encouraged to share and publicize the Giveaway, but are strictly prohibited from buying, renting, selling, or soliciting any votes for payment in any form.

     

    Efficiency Smart will only tally one vote received per email address, per day, in the final community vote, even if multiple votes or comments are submitted per day. The entry must fulfill all Giveaway requirements, as specified, to be eligible to win.

     

    Entries that are incomplete or do not adhere to the rules or specifications may be disqualified at the sole discretion of Sponsor.

     

    You must provide the information requested. You may not enter more times than indicated by using multiple email addresses, identities, or devices to circumvent the rules. If you use fraudulent methods or otherwise attempt to circumvent the rules, your submission may be removed from eligibility at the sole discretion of the Sponsor.

    All entries shall become the exclusive property of Sponsor, and none will be acknowledged or returned. Proof of sending or submission will not be deemed to be proof of receipt by Sponsor. Sponsor is not responsible for lost, late, incomplete, invalid, unintelligible, illegible, or misdirected entries, which will be disqualified.

     

    1. GIVEAWAY VOTE: The odds of winning each Prize depend on the number of eligible entries received. Community vote will be held April 30, 2024 and conclude on May 10, 2024. Sponsor will announce the winners on its Public Facebook page on or before June 1, 2024.

     

    1. PRIZE AWARDING: Prizes will be awarded only on verification by Sponsor that all Giveaway requirements have been met by the winners. Each Prize must be accepted as awarded and no substitution, transfer, conversion or assignment of Prizes will be allowed, except at the discretion of the Sponsor, who may substitute a Prize of comparable or greater value. Sponsor will notify the winner by email within fifteen (15) days of the date of the applicable drawing. The winner will have two (2) calendar days from notification to accept the Prize via email. Sponsor is not responsible for and shall not be liable for late, lost, misdirected, or unsuccessful efforts to notify the winner. If a selected winner cannot be contacted within the allotted time Sponsor reserves the right to void that entry and select another winner for that Prize by random drawing. In order to be declared an official winner, the selected Entrant must complete, sign and return to Sponsor a Declaration and Release Form, which includes the terms and conditions governing installation and usage of the prize within seven (7) days of receipt. If a selected Entrant(s) fails to complete, sign and return the Declaration and Release Form to Sponsor within seven (7) days the Sponsor reserves the right to void that entry and select another eligible Entrant for that Prize. By completing, signing and returning the Declaration and Release Form, the Entrant (i) confirms compliance with these Giveaway Rules and Regulations, (ii) releases and forever discharges the Sponsor, its officers, directors, employees, and agents, its affiliates and subsidiaries and their respective advertising and promotional agencies from all claims, demands, damages, actions and causes of action arising or to arise by reason of the acceptance or use of the Prize, and (iii) gives permission to the Sponsor, at their option, to publish or otherwise use the Entrant’s name, address, photograph, likeness, voice and comments, without compensation, in any publicity carried out by the Sponsor or their respective advertising agencies.

     

    Unless otherwise arranged between Sponsor and winner(s), prizes will be delivered to the official winner within six (6) to eight (8) weeks after receipt of the signed and fully completed Declaration and Release Form. Sponsor is not responsible for and shall not be liable for late, lost, or misdirected communication to the official winners’ email addresses.

     

    1. GIVEAWAY GENERAL RULES: By entering the Giveaway, Entrants agree to abide by these Giveaway Rules and Regulations and the decisions of Sponsor, which are final.

     

     

     

    • WINNERS LIST: To obtain a copy of the winners list or a copy of the Giveaway Rules and Regulations, send your request to:

    Efficiency Smart

     

    20 Winooski Way, Floor 5

     

    Winooski, VT 05404

     

    Requests must be received no later than July 1, 2024.

     

    • DISQUALIFICATION: The Sponsor is not responsible for lost, interrupted or unavailable network server or other connections, miscommunications, failed telephone or computer or telephone transmissions or technical failure, jumbled, scrambled or misdirected transmissions, or other error of any kind whether human, mechanical or electronic. Persons found tampering with or abusing any aspect of this Giveaway, Sponsor’s website, Sponsor’s Facebook page, as determined by the Sponsor, in its sole discretion, will be disqualified. If disqualified for any of the above abuses, Sponsor reserves the right to terminate the Entrant’s eligibility to participate. In the event any portion of this Giveaway is compromised by virus, bugs, non-authorized human intervention or other causes beyond the control of the Sponsor, which in the sole opinion of Sponsor, corrupts or impairs the administration, security, fairness or proper entry into the Giveaway, Sponsor reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to suspend or terminate the Giveaway and to award Prize(s) to individuals selected at random from the pool of Entrants received up to the point of termination, or to terminate the Giveaway In no event will more Prizes be awarded than those listed in the Giveaway’s Rules and Regulations, except as otherwise specifically stated herein.

     

     

    • TAX INFORMATION: Liability for any applicable taxes imposed by any government, if any, on any Prize won is the sole responsibility of the winner of such Prize.

     

     

    • APPLICABLE LAWS: Offer is subject to all applicable federal, state, and local laws and regulations. The rules shall be governed by, interpreted under, and enforced in accordance with the laws of Sponsor may, in its sole discretion and without notice to participants, terminate the offer for any reason. Void where prohibited or restricted by law.

     

     

    • PRIZE DISCLAIMER: The Sponsor is solely responsible for the delivery of the Prizes to the Prize winners, as declared by the Sponsor. Sponsor shall not be responsible or liable to Entrants for any losses, damages or costs incurred as a result of Entrants entering the Giveaway or use of a Prize won in connection with this Giveaway or the failure by the Sponsor to deliver the Prize to the winner in accordance with the Giveaway Rules and Regulations. By participating in the Giveaway, each Entrant agrees to release and hold harmless Sponsor and the employees, officers, directors, shareholders, agents, representatives of Sponsor, its parent company, affiliates, subsidiaries, advertising, promotion, and fulfillment agencies, harmless from any and all losses, damages, rights, claims and actions of any kind in connection with the Giveaway or resulting from acceptance, possession, or use of any prize, including without limitation, personal injury, death, and property damage, and claims based on publicity rights, defamation, or invasion of privacy.

    • DATA PROTECTION NOTICE: Use of Entrants’ personal information is governed by Sponsor’s Privacy Policy. The Sponsor’s Privacy Policy can be found at https://www.veorg/privacy-policy.

     

     

     

    © 2024 Efficiency Smart. The trademarks used herein are the property of their respective owners. All rights reserved.

     

    This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook. You understand that you are providing your information to Efficiency Smart and not to Facebook. By participating in this promotion, you agree to a complete release of Facebook from any claims.

  • EFFICIENCY SMART 2024 FRESH AIR GIVEAWAY RULES & REGULATIONS

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    NO PURCHASE IS NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN.  MAKING A PURCHASE WILL NOT IMPROVE ENTRANT’S ODDS OF WINNING. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW.

     
    1. GIVEAWAY PERIOD: The first Efficiency Smart Giveaway (“Giveaway”) starts on June 20, 2024, at 7:00 AM Eastern Time and closes on June 23, 2024, at 11:59 PM Eastern Time (“Giveaway Period”).

    The Giveaway is sponsored by Vermont Energy Investment Corporation d/b/a Efficiency Smart, which has its corporate headquarters at 20 Winooski Way, Floor 5, Winooski, VT 05404 (“Sponsor”). Sponsor is and shall remain solely responsible for the delivery of the Prize(s) to the winner(s). Sponsor’s computer is the official time-keeping device for the Giveaway.
     
    2. ELIGIBILITY: This Giveaway is open to all customers of a participating electric utility subscribed to Efficiency Smart services who are 18 years of age or older and a legal resident of the U.S. at the time of entry into the Giveaway (“Entrants”). Employees, agents and representatives of the Sponsor and its subsidiaries and affiliates and the parents, siblings and children of any such employee, agent or representative or any person with whom such employee, agent or representative is domiciled are not eligible to win. Winning a prize is contingent upon fulfilling all requirements set forth herein. Entrants should be aware that, if selected as a winner, they will be required to enter into an agreement governing use and installation of the prize.

    3.PRIZES: The Giveaway consists of one (1) drawing for an air purifier (“Prize” or “Prizes”). The Prize is worth approximately $120. The drawing will take place on June 24, 2024. Sponsor reserves the right to substitute the Prize for one of equal or greater value if the designated Prize should become unavailable for any reason. Winners are responsible for all taxes and fees associated with Prize receipt and/or use

    4. HOW TO ENTER: NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN.

    Participants must comment with their favorite way to get some fresh air on Sponsor’s Facebook post, or email it to [email protected] during the Giveaway Period. The Facebook account posting or the email account used must belong to an adult age 18 or older who is a customer of a participating electric utility subscribed to Efficiency Smart services. Sponsor reserves the right to disqualify any entries which, in its sole and absolute discretion, contain any material that is discriminatory, profane, illicit, fraudulent, abusive, hateful, offensive, harmful, vulgar, distasteful, defamatory, or otherwise violates any relevant law or infringes on any third party’s rights, harasses, threatens, intimidates, or attempts to impersonate any other person, misrepresents a relationship with any person or entity, or represents any attempt to gain unauthorized access to any site or contents including by hacking, mining, attempting to obtain password, account, or any other personal or private information from any other person. Any entry failing to meet these eligibility guidelines may be deleted and disqualified immediately without notice by Sponsor.

    Participants may only take part in the Giveaway from a single Facebook profile or email account. If a participant is found to be taking part from several Facebook or email accounts, they will be disqualified.

    Even if Participants make more than one comment on a post or sends more than one email, they will only be given a single entry in the random Giveaway based on their first comment or email.

    The entry must fulfill all Giveaway requirements, as specified, to be eligible to win.

    Entries that are incomplete or do not adhere to the rules or specifications may be disqualified at the sole discretion of Sponsor.

    You must provide the information requested. You may not enter more times than indicated by using multiple email addresses, identities, or devices to circumvent the rules. If you use fraudulent methods or otherwise attempt to circumvent the rules, your submission may be removed from eligibility at the sole discretion of the Sponsor.

    All entries shall become the exclusive property of Sponsor, and none will be acknowledged or returned.  Proof of sending or submission will not be deemed to be proof of receipt by Sponsor. Sponsor is not responsible for lost, late, incomplete, invalid, unintelligible, illegible, or misdirected entries, which will be disqualified.

    Each potential winner may be required to show proof of being an authorized account holder.

    5. GIVEAWAY DRAWING: The odds of winning each Prize depend on the number of eligible entries received. The odds of an entry winning any Prize will be the same for that specific drawing, whether the entry was automatically generated or submitted by alternate methods of entry.
     
    Prize drawing will be held on June 24, 2024. Sponsor will announce the winner on its Public Facebook page on or before July 16, 2024.

    6. PRIZE AWARDING: Prizes will be awarded only on verification by Sponsor that all Giveaway requirements have been met by the winners. Each Prize must be accepted as awarded and no substitution, transfer, conversion or assignment of Prizes will be allowed, except at the discretion of the Sponsor, who may substitute a Prize of comparable or greater value. Sponsor will notify the winner by Facebook or email within fifteen (15) days of the date of the applicable drawing. The winner will have two (2) calendar days from notification to accept the Prize via Facebook or email. Sponsor is not responsible for and shall not be liable for late, lost, misdirected, or unsuccessful efforts to notify the winner. If a selected winner cannot be contacted within the allotted time Sponsor reserves the right to void that entry and select another winner for that Prize by random drawing. In order to be declared an official winner, the selected Entrant must complete, sign and return to Sponsor a Declaration and Release Form, which includes the terms and conditions governing installation and usage of the prize within seven (7) days of receipt. If a selected Entrant(s) fails to complete, sign and return the Declaration and Release Form to Sponsor within seven (7) days the Sponsor reserves the right to void that entry and select another eligible Entrant for that Prize. By completing, signing and returning the Declaration and Release Form, the Entrant (i) confirms compliance with these Giveaway Rules and Regulations, (ii) releases and forever discharges the Sponsor, its officers, directors, employees, and agents, its affiliates and subsidiaries and their respective advertising and promotional agencies from all claims, demands, damages, actions and causes of action arising or to arise by reason of the acceptance or use of the Prize, and (iii) gives permission to the Sponsor, at their option, to publish or otherwise use the Entrant’s name, address, photograph, likeness, voice and comments, without compensation, in any publicity carried out by the Sponsor or their respective advertising agencies.

     
    Unless otherwise arranged between Sponsor and winner(s), Prizes will be delivered to the official winner within six (6) to eight (8) weeks after receipt of the signed and fully completed Declaration and Release Form. Sponsor is not responsible for and shall not be liable for late, lost, or misdirected communication to the official winners’ email addresses.

     
    7. GIVEAWAY GENERAL RULES: By entering the Giveaway, Entrants agree to abide by these Giveaway Rules and Regulations and the decisions of Sponsor, which are final.

    8. WINNERS LIST: To obtain a copy of the winner list or a copy of the Giveaway Rules and Regulations, send your request to:

    Efficiency Smart

    20 Winooski Falls Way, Floor 5

    Winooski, VT 05404

    Requests must be received no later than August 1, 2024

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  • Efficiency Smart Partnership to Benefit City of Painesville’s Electric Customers

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    The City of Painesville is excited to introduce a partnership with Efficiency Smart to provide energy efficiency services for Painesville Municipal Electric customers. Efficiency Smart offers several services and financial incentives designed to help residents and businesses reduce their electric use and save money.

     Painesville is expected to save approximately 2,641 megawatt-hours (MWh) of energy over the course of its three-year contract period. The 2,641 MWh savings is roughly equivalent to the annual electric usage of 326 homes. In addition, Painesville is expected to reduce its summer peak by 935 kilowatts (kW). Peaks occur when electric use is at its highest, typically weekday afternoons in the summer. Reducing both electric usage and summer peak lowers costs for the City of Painesville and its electric customers.

    “Our goal is to help our customers lower their electric bills,” said Monica Irelan Dupee, Painesville City Manager. “We’re a public utility, meaning we are not for profit. We charge customers what it takes for us to run our system. The most effective way we can help our community save on their electric bills is through energy efficiency education and services. It’s a win for our customers, a win for our electrical system, and a win for our environment.”

    Efficiency Smart’s residential services include a comprehensive set of initiatives that promote sustainable efficient product use and increase energy efficiency in homes. Residential initiatives include discounts on energy-efficient lighting, rebates for energy saving appliances, and guidance on reducing electric use.

    By taking advantage of these options, residents can reduce their energy consumption and save on their electric bills. For example, a resident who:

    • Installs 10 LEDs can save approximately $40 annually
    • Recycles an older refrigerator could save up to $150 in annual electric costs
    • Manages their electric usage with an advanced thermostat could save approximately $70 in annual electric costs

    Business customers also have many ways to save energy and money. Efficiency Smart offers hands-on support, including technical assistance and financial incentives to encourage the installation of energy-efficient technologies. Example projects include lighting, compressed air and HVAC.

    “We are excited for the opportunity to partner with the City of Painesville,” said Sean Clement, Director of Operations for Efficiency Smart. “The city has shown a commitment to energy efficiency, which is a very cost-effective way for communities to reduce their customers’ electric bills, reduce power supply costs, and contribute to local economic development. We look forward to working together with the city to ensure a successful partnership.”

    For more information about the energy efficiency services available for Painesville Municipal Electric visit www.efficiencysmart.org/painesville-ohio or call 877-889-3777.

  • Efficiency Smart Partnership to Benefit City of Wapakoneta’s Electric Customers

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    The City of Wapakoneta is excited to introduce a partnership with Efficiency Smart to provide energy efficiency services for Wapakoneta Electric Department customers. Efficiency Smart offers several services and financial incentives designed to help residents and businesses reduce their electric use and save money.

    Wapakoneta is expected to save approximately 2,197 megawatt-hours (MWh) of energy over the course of its three-year contract period. The 2,197 MWh savings is roughly equivalent to the annual electric usage of more than 260 homes. In addition, Wapakoneta is expected to reduce its summer peak by 530 kilowatts (kW). Peaks occur when electric use is at its highest, typically weekday afternoons in the summer. Reducing both electric usage and summer peak lowers costs for the City of Wapakoneta and its electric customers.

    “Our goal is to help our customers lower their electric bills,” said Tom Stinebaugh, Mayor of Wapakoneta. “We’re a public utility, meaning we are not for profit. We charge customers what it takes for us to run our system. The most effective way we can help our community save on their electric bills is through energy efficiency education and services. It’s a win for our customers, and a win for our electrical system.”

    Efficiency Smart’s residential services include a comprehensive set of initiatives that promote sustainable efficient product use and increased energy efficiency in homes. Residential initiatives include discounts on energy-efficient lighting, rebates for energy-saving appliances, and guidance on reducing electric use.

    By taking advantage of these options, residents can reduce their energy consumption and save on their electric bills. For example, a resident who:

    • Installs 10 LEDs can save approximately $40 annually
    • Plugs appliances and electronics into an advanced power strip could save up to $100 in annual electric costs
    • Manages their electric usage with a smart thermostat could save approximately $70 in annual electric costs

    Business customers also have many ways to save energy and money. Efficiency Smart offers hands-on support, including technical assistance and financial incentives to encourage the installation of energy-efficient technologies. Example projects include lighting, compressed air and HVAC.

    “We are excited for the opportunity to partner with the City of Wapakoneta,” said Sean Clement, Director of Operations for Efficiency Smart. “The city has shown a commitment to energy efficiency, which is a very cost-effective way for communities to reduce their customers’ electric bills, reduce power supply costs, and contribute to local economic development. We look forward to working together with the city to ensure a successful partnership.”

    For more information about the energy efficiency services available for Wapakoneta Electric Department Customers, visit www.efficiencysmart.org/wapakoneta-ohio or call 877-889-3777.

  • Efficiency Smart Partnership to Benefit Village of Oak Harbor’s Electric Customers

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    Efficiency Smart is excited to announce the launch of energy efficiency services for Oak Harbor Public Power customers. Efficiency Smart offers several services and financial incentives designed to help residents and businesses reduce their electric use and save money.

    “Efficiency Smart helps residents reduce their electric costs and businesses stay competitive,” said Randy Genzman, Oak Harbor Village Administrator. “Offering these services to our customers expands the level of support far beyond what we could do on our own.”

    Efficiency Smart’s residential services are designed around lowering electric use and making homes more comfortable. Residential initiatives include guidance on reducing electric use, discounts on energy-efficient lighting and rebates for energy-saving appliances.

    By taking advantage of these options, residents can reduce their energy consumption and save on their electric bills. For example, a resident who:

    • Installs 10 LEDs can save approximately $40 annually
    • Recycles a second refrigerator could save up to $150 in annual electric costs
    • Manages their electric usage with a smart thermostat could save approximately $70 in annual electric costs

    Business customers also have many ways to save energy and money. Efficiency Smart offers hands-on support, including technical assistance and financial incentives to encourage the installation of energy-efficient technologies. Example projects include lighting, compressed air and HVAC.

    “We are excited for the opportunity to work with the Village of Oak Harbor,” said Sean Clement, Director of Operations for Efficiency Smart. “The village has shown a commitment to energy efficiency, which is a cost-effective way for communities to reduce their customers’ electric bills, reduce power supply costs, and contribute to local economic development. We look forward to working together with the village to ensure a successful partnership.”

    Oak Harbor is expected to save approximately 259 megawatt-hours (MWh) of energy over the course of its three-year contract period. The 259 MWh savings is roughly equivalent to the annual electric usage of more than 33 homes. In addition, Oak Harbor is expected to reduce its summer peak by 40 kilowatts (kW). Reducing both electric usage and summer peak lowers costs for the Village of Oak Harbor and its electric customers.

    For more information about the energy efficiency services available for Oak Harbor Public Power customers, visit www.efficiencysmart.org/oak-harbor-ohio or call 877-889-3777.

  • Spring Cleaning Energy Efficiency Check List

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    As winter makes its exit, it’s almost time to put away those heavy coats and bring out the lighter jackets.

    If you're gearing up for spring cleaning, here are some tips to refresh your living space while also saving energy and money:

    • Change your filters: The change in seasons serves as a great reminder to swap out your furnace filter. A dirty filter makes your system work harder, wasting energy. If you use an air purifier, it’s also a good time to check and potentially replace this filter as well.
    • Maintain HVAC equipment: Scheduling an annual inspection and maintenance for your HVAC system is an important step to keep it running as efficiently as possible. Especially after your system worked hard to keep you comfortable in the winter.
    • Be smart about electronics: Some electronics continue to draw power even when “off.” If you’re no longer using items like heated blankets, now is a good time to unplug and store them away. Then, consider using smart power strips for electronics you use year-round. Smart power strips can detect when items are in standby mode and cut off power when not in use, saving you energy.
    • Check Your Ceiling Fans: Include ceiling fans in your spring-cleaning routine. After dusting and cleaning, adjust them to run counterclockwise. This will let you turn the thermostat up a few degrees during the warmer months while staying comfortable.

    Learn more about how to use ceiling fans year-round to save energy

    • Look outside: Extend your spring cleaning to the exterior of your home. Inspect and clear accessible vents, such as those for your clothes dryer, from any blockages or accumulated dust, webs, leaves, and lint.
    • Clean out your fridge: Cleaning out those questionable leftovers in your fridge? Use this time to check if the seals around the door are airtight and replace them if not. If you have an older model, you can also consider cleaning the condenser coils. Finally, ensure that you leave a few inches between the wall and the refrigerator to allow for airflow.
    • Swap out old appliances: If it’s time to replace an appliance in your home, look for energy-efficient models. Check out our Home Energy Rebates page for a list of models that will also qualify for money back on the purchase price.
  • Ten Ways to Save Energy and Money in the Spring and Summer

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    As warmer temperatures arrive, so can increased energy use. However, there are many steps you can take to save energy while still maintaining comfort in your home.

    Here are ten tips you can use to save energy and money during the warmer months of the year:

    Seal air leaks and gaps — Caulking and adding weather stripping prevents hot air from entering your home and conditioned air from leaking out.

    Use a fan when you can — Using fans allows you to raise your thermostat about four degrees without reducing your comfort level. Just make sure to turn the fan off when you leave the room. Learn more about saving energy with ceiling fans.

    Cook outside — Grilling outside versus using your oven can keep extra heat out of your home.

    Take advantage of natural light — Switching off artificial lights and opening blinds and shades to let natural light brighten your home during mild spring days is an easy way to save on lighting costs.

    Light your home efficiently — Replacing incandescent lightbulbs you use for more than three hours a day with LEDs can save you $15 annually per bulb.

    Minimize phantom energy — Unplugging electronic devices and appliances when not in use, or using power strips to easily turn them off completely is an easy way to save energy.

    Service your air conditioning system — Having a professional perform routine maintenance can keep your system functioning efficiently.

    Replace dirty filters — Replacing a dirty furnace filter keeps your system running as efficiently as possible.

    Set the thermostat —Programming your thermostat to a higher temperature when you are away from home on warm days can help reduce your cooling costs.

    Switch to ENERGY STAR appliances —Selecting ENERGY STAR certified models when it’s time to upgrade your home appliances will help you save money on your electric bill. You can save even more with Efficiency Smart’s Home Energy Rebates.

    Looking for more ways to save? Contact our customer support team at 877-889-3777 or [email protected] for more information on available energy-saving programs and additional tips customized to your home.

  • 10 Energy-Saving Tips to Breeze Through Your Summer

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    The sun is beaming, the grill is sizzling, and baseball season is revving up.

    Summer is finally here, and with it comes increased electric usage. Be prepared for the warmer weather with these 10 energy-saving tips that will help you stay cool and save energy and money at home.

    Suns Out, Plugs Out. Turning off lights, televisions, and other electronics when leaving a room is an easy step to save energy. Want to save more? Go the extra mile and unplug appliances you don’t use often. You can also use a smart power strip that will automatically turn off power to items not in use.

    Out with the Old.  Upgrading an old appliance to a more energy-efficient model saves energy and money. Check out our Home Energy Rebates page to learn how to get cash back on the purchase of a qualifying model.

    Get an HVAC Check-Up. Having a professional perform routine maintenance on your air conditioner keeps it functioning efficiently.

    Plan in Advance. Programming your thermostat to higher temperatures when you are away reduces air conditioning costs.

    Block the Sun. Closing window shades and drapes in the summer reduces extra heat in your home.

    Switch to LEDs. Replacing frequently used lightbulbs with LEDs can save you $15 annually per bulb.

    Save Cool Air. Caulking and adding weather stripping prevents conditioned air from leaking out of your home.

    Be a Fan of Fans.  Using fans allows you to raise the thermostat about four degrees without reducing your comfort. Just remember to turn the fan off when you leave the room! Watch this quick video to make sure your fan is set in the correct direction during warmer temperatures.

    Replace Dirty Filters. Replacing a dirty furnace filter keeps your system running as efficiently as possible.

    Avoid the Oven. Grilling outside during hot days keeps warm air outside of your home.

     

    We are here to help you find ways to save energy in any season. Try our free Electric Bill Advice program for personalized tips to keep your home comfortable while saving energy year-round!

  • Efficiency Smart Partnership to Benefit Hillsdale Board of Public Utilities Electric Customers

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    Efficiency Smart is excited to announce the launch of energy efficiency services for Hillsdale Board of Public Utilities customers. Efficiency Smart offers several services and financial incentives designed to help residents and businesses reduce their electric use and save money.

    “We are excited to bring the Efficiency Smart program to our electric customers,” said Hillsdale Board of Public Utilities Director David Mackie. “As a public power utility, we believe in educating our community about energy efficiency and empowering our customers to make smart choices about energy usage.”

    Efficiency Smart’s residential services are designed around lowering electric use and making homes more comfortable. Residential initiatives include guidance on reducing electric use, discounts on energy-efficient lighting and rebates for energy-saving appliances.

    By taking advantage of these options, residents can reduce their energy consumption and save on their electric bills. For example, a resident who:

    • Installs 10 LEDs can save approximately $40 annually
    • Recycles a second refrigerator could save up to $150 in annual electric costs
    • Manages their electric usage with a smart thermostat could save approximately $70 in annual electric costs

    Business customers also have many ways to save energy and money. Efficiency Smart offers hands-on support, including technical assistance and financial incentives to encourage the installation of energy-efficient technologies. Example projects include lighting, compressed air and HVAC.

    “We are excited for the opportunity to work with the Hillsdale Board of Public Utilities,” said Sean Clement, Director of Operations for Efficiency Smart. “The board has shown a commitment to energy efficiency, which is a cost-effective way for utilities to reduce their customers’ electric bills, reduce power supply costs, and contribute to local economic development. We look forward to working together with Hillsdale to ensure a successful partnership.”

    Hillsdale is expected to save approximately 1,887 megawatt-hours (MWh) of energy over the course of its three-year contract period. The 1,887 MWh savings is roughly equivalent to the annual electric usage of more than 260 homes. In addition, Hillsdale is expected to reduce its summer peak by 233 kilowatts (kW). Reducing both electric usage and summer peak lowers costs for the Hillsdale Board of Public utilities and its electric customers.

    For more information about the energy efficiency services available for Hillsdale Board of Public Utilities customers, visit www.efficiencysmart.org/hillsdale-michigan or call 877-889-3777.

  • Resources

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    Efficiency Smart has put together a list of tools and tips you can use to save energy and learn about energy efficiency in your home. Are you using a lot of electricity in your home or do you have additional questions? Our Customer Support team would be happy to help. Call 877-889-3777 or email [email protected] for assistance.

  • Energy Efficiency Tips for the Spring and Summer

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    Energy Efficiency Tips for the Spring and Summer

    Efficiency Smart offers the following tips that can increase your home’s comfort in the warmer months while also saving you energy and money.

    • Simple savings: The easiest way to save energy is to turn off lights, appliances and electronics not in use. Use an advanced power strip to control multiple appliances at once.
    • Seal air leaks and gaps: Caulking and weatherstripping your home are two cost-effective air-sealing techniques that can offer a quick return on your investment. Sealing can help keep conditioned air from leaking out.
    • Check your water heater: Reduce your water heater to a safe and comfortable temperature to save energy and money. Although some manufacturers set water heater thermostats at 140 degrees, you can reduce this to 130 degrees.
    • Take in the breeze: Open windows during milder spring temperatures and during cooler summer nights. This can help naturally cool your home without having to switch on your air conditioner. Just remember to shut the windows if you need to use air conditioning.
    • Light your home efficiently: Use natural light in your home when possible. When lights are needed, consider using ENERGY STAR® certified LEDs instead of incandescent lights. Only 10 to 15 percent of electricity consumed by incandescent bulbs results in light, the rest produces heat and will make your air conditioner work harder.
    • Save on air conditioning: Raise the temperature on your thermostat when you’re away from home for more than a couple hours to save on cooling costs, or consider purchasing an advanced thermostat that can automatically adjust the temperature based on outside weather conditions and your schedule.
    • Be a fan of fans: Reduce your air conditioning costs while keeping the same level of comfort by using your ceiling fan and raising the thermostat around four degrees. Make sure to turn off the ceiling fans when you leave, as fans cool people, not rooms.
    • Watch your savings bloom: If it is time to replace your existing appliances, consider purchasing ENERGY STAR certified products to save on energy costs. Efficiency Smart offers rebates on qualified products to help participating customers save even more more.
    • Spring clean around your home: Cut your energy costs by getting better performance from your appliances.  Clean dust from under your fridge and any exposed coils at the back. Clear lint from the exhaust hose and the filter of your clothes dryer. Dust bathroom ceiling fan covers and fan blades. Take a look outside for any accessible exterior vents and clear them of any dust, webs, leaves or lint. Change your air filter, as a clogged air filter will make your system work harder to cool your home. Make sure your air vents are not blocked by furniture, carpeting, or drapes so your home can be cooled efficiently

    For information about services and financial incentives available to customers of municipal electric systems that participate in Efficiency Smart, visit www.efficiencysmart.org or call 877-889-3777.

     

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    Efficiency Smart helps residents, businesses and communities use less energy and save money through energy efficiency services. Since its launch in 2011, it has served more than 50 communities in multiple states. Efficiency Smart was established by American Municipal Power for the benefit of its member communities. It is administered under contract with the Vermont Energy Investment Corporation. Operations are based in Columbus, Ohio.

  • Under Pressure! Tips for Minimizing Waste from Compressed Air Systems

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    Compressed air is energy-intensive, since most of the energy required to make it is lost as waste heat. However, it is used in many applications for manufacturers, offering businesses a great opportunity for energy and money savings by following the best practices below.

    Seal the leaks. 

    Even the most efficient systems will lose five to 10 percent of the air they produce to leakages. However, many systems leak several times that much.

    “If you can hear a leak without an ultrasonic leak detector, it’s big enough to fix,” advises Efficiency Smart’s Eric Weber, who works with several manufacturers to minimize their energy use.

    Because compressed air uses so much energy, even small leaks are generally worth fixing. You can find them using an ultrasonic leak detector, or by hiring a vendor to perform an audit.

    Lower the pressure.

    Reducing the pressure in your system will also reduce your energy use. That’s because the system requires less energy to run and will leak slower. The rule of thumb here is that lowering your pressure by two psi will result in one percent savings.

    Of course, it’s important to fix any big leaks before reducing the pressure, to avoid surprises. You should also know the application with the highest-pressure requirements before you go and adjust the dials.

    “If you have a machine where the highest pressure needed is 100 psi, you don’t need to set your system to 125,” Weber recommends. “Try setting it just a bit higher, maybe to 105 or 110, to account for any small leaks you can’t fix. Then measure the pressure you receive and adjust as needed.”

    Optimize the system.

    If your compressed air load varies with demand, you may want to consider upgrading to a variable-speed compressor that only runs at full capacity when needed.

    If you have multiple compressors, link them together using your system controls. Controls help you avoid using multiple machines when just one will do the job. Or, if one of your compressors is fixed speed and the other is variable, you can set controls to efficiently match the demand as it increases and decreases, as fixed speed units are inefficient at part load.

    For nozzle-based tools, look for the nozzles that are best suited to your application. The better the seal between the nozzle and the material, the less energy that will be wasted.

    Finally, if your factory shuts down at the end of the day, turn off the machines when the last shift leaves. Otherwise, leaky machines may kick back on overnight, wasting energy while the building is empty.

    Watch your room temperature.

    Often, compressed air machines are found in blazing-hot mechanical rooms. Compressors require an ambient temperature between 40-100 degrees to operate properly. This means maintaining proper clearance, if there are multiple machines, and providing proper ventilation.  If your machine is in an enclosed mechanical room, install a louver or damper in the outside wall, to pull in cooler outside air and keep the machine working as efficiently as possible.

    You can also consider installing a heat recovery system that re-uses the waste heat from your compressed air system to heat offices or other on-site processes.

    Dry the air efficiently.

    Most pneumatic tools and machinery don’t like water, so air dryers are used to remove moisture from compressed air. How they dry the air depends on a number of factors. In some cases, you may save energy by opting for a cycling refrigerated dryer or opting for advanced controls on a desiccant dryer. Reach out to Efficiency Smart for more information about your specific needs.

    Switch up your process.

    Compressed air uses a lot of electricity. Many businesses find that they save the most by opting for another tool that performs the same task just as effectively, such as using a broom to clean a workspace. Consider whether any of your compressed air usage can be replaced by another, more efficient technology like battery-powered tools.

    Questions? Reach out!

    Efficiency Smart helps businesses identify and assess energy efficiency upgrades to meet a wide range of goals. We also provide rebates on qualifying upgrades.

    For more information, contact your local key account manager or our customer support team at (877) 889-3777 or [email protected].

  • Four Ways Manufacturers Can Improve Energy Efficiency

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    Manufacturers are as unique as the products that they make. However, they all have one thing in common: they have a variety of energy-efficient opportunities and practices that can lead to lower costs.

    Below are four types of equipment commonly found in manufacturing facilities that benefit from energy-efficient processes and upgrades.

    1. Check your lighting.

    Lighting provides essential safety and comfort to employees on the manufacturing floor. While metal halides and fluorescent tubes dominated the industrial lighting market for decades, LEDs are the best replacement option. These longer-lasting bulbs and fixtures improve worker visibility and reduce maintenance time. They’re also dramatically more cost-effective.

    When upgrading to LEDs, keep in mind that you don’t necessarily need to match your lumen output to what is printed on your older bulbs. Instead, focus on matching (or exceeding) your current light levels. Typically, you can achieve the same light levels you had with metal halide or fluorescent lighting with lower-rated lumen LED fixtures.

    For even greater efficiency and cost-effectiveness, opt for lighting that includes controls. Enabling LED sensors and dimming capabilities where possible ensure that employees use only the light they need, where and when they need it.

    For businesses that inherit older facilities that weren’t designed with current manufacturing processes in mind, some spaces may be too bright while others are dim. Consider hiring a lighting designer to perform a study of your space, how you use it, and how it interacts with other elements to maximize savings and improve productivity and employee safety.

    1. Right-size HVAC schedules and equipment.

    Energy requirements for industrial heating, ventilating, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems vary widely. To save energy while maintaining comfortable temperatures in large spaces, consider replacing smaller ceiling fans with high-volume, low-velocity fans. These fans can displace more air with less effort and have the added benefit of being quieter.

    For ventilation fans used in painting booths, welding rooms, and other spaces that require a specific air turnover rate, install variable frequency drives (VFDs) to save energy when ventilation needs are lower, or the equipment isn’t in use.

    For structures with HVAC rooftop units, such as office buildings, replace old or failing equipment with the most efficient option that fits your budget. A more efficient system is usually more expensive but will recoup its cost—and then some—over the life of the unit. Another office space-related opportunity is to mitigate the high cooling costs of server rooms.

    1. Contain compressed air leaks.

    Compressed air systems are energy intensive and can contribute significantly to energy costs—especially if they are leaky, which many are. For businesses that use compressed air for manufacturing processes, it is usually worth the time and expense to perform an air study. These studies monitor how your system uses compressed air and whether any of that air is being wasted. For example, if the business is closed on weekends and you are still seeing high air usage, your system is likely leaking air. 

    To get ahead of leaks and their associated costs, set up a regular leak maintenance and repair program. Once leaks have been repaired, you can focus on minimizing additional energy use related to air pressure. If you have a fixed-speed compressor but variable needs, consider installing a variable-speed air compressor. If you have multiple compressors, consider installing controls that ensure your system components aren’t working against each other and are staged in the most efficient way possible

    1. Assess product-specific applications.

    Industrial energy efficiency solutions are as varied as the U.S. business landscape. Hydraulic systems that run on oil may be able to be replaced with all-electric options, while superheated processes may benefit from insulation. Dust collectors may not require as much power to perform their required tasks. Regardless of specific applications, you can improve your energy efficiency by keeping systems maintained, turned off when not necessary, and upgrading them with efficient models at the time of replacement.

     

    Questions? Reach out.

    Efficiency Smart helps manufacturers—and all types of businesses—identify and assess energy efficiency upgrades to meet a wide range of business goals. We also provide rebates and technical guidance to help you find contractors and complete projects.

    Contact your local key account manager or our customer support team at (877) 889-3777 or [email protected].

  • Six Ways Restaurants Can Reduce Energy Expenses

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    Energy efficiency provides restaurants an opportunity to reduce operating expenses and free up business cash flow. Even small changes—like introducing new staff protocols or adding efficient dishwashers—can add up over time. Below, Efficiency Smart Lead Engineering Consultant, Tim Stearns shares six tips restaurants can use in the kitchen, dining room, and elsewhere to manage operational expenses.

    1. Set the mood with decorative LED bulbs.

    Today’s LED options let restaurants retain their ambiance while saving on energy costs. For example, Edison-style bulbs, which mimic the glowing filaments of incandescent bulbs, are now easy to find at a reasonable price.

    Most LED lamps and fixtures are now priced comparably to incandescent and fluorescents, meaning the payback on an upgrade is faster than ever. You’ll also avoid burning staff time on frequent bulb replacements, as LEDs last longer as well.

    Learn more about LED lighting for businesses

    2. Spend less to keep products fresh.

    Food is a huge expense for restaurants, and the cost to store it isn’t far behind. For example, refrigeration makes up an average of 44% of electric use in a commercial kitchen.[1]

    Inefficient refrigeration isn’t just more costly—it spoils food faster, too. Regular maintenance can help keep equipment running as efficiently as possible. And, when it’s time to replace your fridge or freezer, opt for one with the ENERGY STAR logo. These units are certified to be the most energy-efficient, providing around nine percent greater efficiency than standard models.[2]

    Learn more about ways to save on refrigeration

    3. Take a hands-off approach to dishes.

    Hot water is another big expense for restaurants. On average, water heating eats up about 10 percent of restaurants’ total energy use.[3] Low-flow pre-rinse spray valves and high-efficiency dishwashers use a fraction of the energy while saving valuable staff time compared to handwashing.

    4. Improve Your HVAC.

    Regarding cooking ventilation, there are a couple of ways to enable your exhaust fans to do less work to remove the same amount of air. One is to choose energy-efficient hood designs and layouts. Opt for backshelf hoods that are Underwriters Laboratory (UL)-listed and group heavy-duty appliances closest to the fans, with ovens at the ends. Turn off your hood at night or use variable-speed controllers to sense when the exhaust fan is needed. The rest of the time, the hood controllers will minimize or shut off the exhaust, yielding paybacks in as little as one to two years.[4]

    When it comes to heating, cooling, and ventilating your entire restaurant space, check your rooftop unit (RTU) annually for any red flags that could indicate the system isn’t operating effectively. Consider installing RTU controllers (or, if you rent, ask your landlord to) to sense when ventilation is needed and cut back on energy use when it isn’t. Demand-controlled ventilation sensors can also sense when a restaurant is full or empty and adjust ventilation accordingly.

    Learn more about commercial HVAC

    5. Adopt an efficiency mindset.

    Make it part of your staff culture to use only what is needed. Work with managers to create schedules or checklists that encourage staff to turn off (or down) lights, idle equipment, and limit water usage.

    Keep an eye on other things at your restaurant that use energy. For instance, cooking equipment makes up about a fifth of a restaurant’s electricity use. Ovens, fryers, broilers, and burners all use a substantial amount of energy, so opt for ENERGY STAR-certified appliances that will save money year after year.

    6. Make time for maintenance.

    Set up regular cleanings and tune-ups for key equipment to keep things running smoothly and catch any issues before they become emergencies. Beware of band-aid solutions that mask a problem instead of fixing it.

    Waiting for repairs can lead to inopportune equipment failure. It may also limit your options to replace the equipment with something more energy efficient, which would have saved you more money in the long run.

     

    Get started today

    Efficiency Smart can help you prioritize energy efficiency upgrades that deliver a quick payback, improve customer and staff experience, and reduce downtime. We can provide rebates and technical guidance customized for your restaurant. For more on how to get started, contact your local account manager, call 877-889-377, or email [email protected].

     

     

    [1] https://www.energystar.gov/products/ask-the-experts/how-to-reduce-refrigeration-energy-costs-in-commercial-kitchens
    [2] https://www.energystar.gov/products/refrigerators
    [3] https://esource.bizenergyadvisor.com/article/restaurants#toc-11
    [4] https://esource.bizenergyadvisor.com/article/commercial-kitchen-equipment
  • Three Ways Schools and Universities Can Save Energy and Money

    /schools

    With so many competing priorities for time and money, energy efficiency for schools and universities can easily fall by the wayside.

    Fortunately, saving energy doesn’t have to be a big lift. With buildings in near-constant use and budgets relatively consistent year after year, savings are easy to predict and achieve. Those savings free up cash flow that can be used for other initiatives.

    Energy efficiency isn’t solely the responsibility of facilities staff anymore, either. Students are increasingly interested in saving energy as a career path or to reduce their carbon footprints. Many schools and universities now have green teams or environmental studies groups looking to get involved in energy conservation efforts.

    The bottom line for schools and universities: look for quick efficiency wins and cultivate a team of people that can help carry out energy-saving measures and activities. Below, we share three ways to save money and energy.

    Lighting: Prioritize LEDs in high-use spaces

    Schools and universities are bustling epicenters of activity between classes, extracurricular activities, and maintenance work. Facilities are often used seven days a week, from early morning until late at night.

    “It’s not unusual to see lights on at 11 p.m. in a school building,” said Efficiency Smart energy consultant Tim Stearns. “Typically, the first one in is the head custodian at 5:30 a.m., and the lights don’t get shut off until late at night by the third shift custodial crew.”

    To support all this activity, buildings must be reliably well-lit. However, not all lighting is created equal. Many buildings, even those built more recently, use fluorescent lighting. Fluorescent bulbs use more energy than LEDs and burn out more quickly, so staff spend more time purchasing and replacing bulbs, and electricity bills are higher.

    Fortunately, fluorescents can easily be upgraded to tube LEDs without installing new fixtures. Doing so in a school setting can deliver a 50 percent reduction in energy use and significant cost savings, especially now that LED technology is more affordable. Stearns suggests upgrading lights in the spaces that get the most use first. Then, work your way through the remainder of the building.

    Learn more about commercial lighting.

     HVAC: Make a plan for equipment failure

    Maintenance is a simple step to keep HVAC equipment running more smoothly and efficiently.

    Make sure that the team in charge of heating and cooling — whether that’s the facilities manager or even the business manager —has a process in place to perform and document regular maintenance activities, including swapping out filters and cleaning vents.

    “Adopting a consistent maintenance plan for heating and cooling equipment can increase its longevity by years,” said Stearns.

    Eventually, old equipment will fail and will need to be replaced. This is the one chance every decade or two that schools have to replace their existing equipment. There is almost always a standard-efficiency version and a high-efficiency version available that will meet your needs. Based on the lifetime costs to operate, the high-efficiency version is almost always the more cost-effective choice.

    Contact your contractor and Efficiency Smart for help with selecting an energy-efficient heating and cooling replacement system that will save the school money over time. Include the equipment and installation costs in a capital needs plan and approve the plan with whoever oversees the school’s budget. Taking these steps in advance reduces the chance that the school gets stuck with whatever replacement equipment your vendor has on hand when equipment fails, which is often a standard efficiency option which costs more to operate.  

    Six steps for your commercial HVAC system

    Behavior: Get students, teachers, and staff involved

    Schools are a great place to employ a behavior campaign to reduce energy use. As teachers create lesson plans, they are well-positioned to educate students about the importance of saving energy at school. Select groups of students can also share the knowledge they gain with the rest of the student body.

    Inspire staff and teachers to get creative. Art students can create posters urging people to turn off lights and equipment. Bring different groups of people together to brainstorm ways to make energy efficiency a part of your school’s culture.

    For other occupants, such as those renting or using the space during community events, consider placing wall stickers near light switches or heavily used equipment to serve as a reminder to shut it off before they leave.

    Finally, consider performing walkthroughs with department managers to find energy conservation measures that can be added to daily and seasonal task checklists. For example, kitchen employees can turn off ovens when not in use or empty walk-ins for the summer before turning off the refrigeration entirely.

    Questions? Reach out.

    Efficiency Smart helps schools and universities identify and prioritize energy efficiency upgrades based on their administrative goals. We also provide rebates and technical guidance to help you complete projects.

    For questions or to get started, contact your local account manager or our customer service team at (877) 889-3777 or [email protected].

     

  • Energy Efficiency for Grocery Stores

    /grocery

    Most grocery stores can save significantly on energy costs by retrofitting their systems or upgrading to new, more energy-efficient equipment. Energy efficiency upgrades can run the gamut from a low-cost fix to a major equipment upgrade.

    Below is some guidance on the most common energy efficiency projects for grocery stores, beginning with the simplest—maintenance—and moving through lighting, refrigeration, and more.

    Double down on maintenance

    The tried-and-true method for improving a grocery store’s energy efficiency is also generally the cheapest method: doubling down on maintenance.

    Replace the seals on refrigerators and freezers every five years or so, and repair cracks or gaps as needed. Have someone get up on the roof annually to make sure that air intakes are free of debris.

    Check filters and refrigerant levels annually, too. If you are needing to refill refrigerant levels often, find out where the system is leaking fluid. The price of older refrigerants is becoming expensive as the industry moves away from them.

    “Performing regular maintenance allows you to stay on top of things before they become an emergency that requires a replacement,” said Efficiency Smart Implementation Manager, Dan Petit. “When it gets to that point, you lose your ability to plan and may have to take whatever replacement you can get.”

    Often, an emergency replacement is not the most energy-efficient one. Then, you could be stuck with that piece of equipment for the next 15 to 20 years if it’s too expensive to replace.

    Upgrade your lighting

    Upgrading store lighting is a great way to save energy while also improving the look and feel of the store. And because LEDs last longer than fluorescent and incandescent bulbs, staff will spend less time replacing burnt-out bulbs.

    Refrigerated cases are everywhere in grocery stores, so upgrading case lighting will make a big difference on energy bills—especially if the store is open for long hours. How lighting is upgraded to maximize its efficiency will depend on the store’s existing lights and layout. In some cases, stores can replace fluorescent lamp tubes with retrofit kits that fit into existing cases. This is the cheapest and easiest option.

    Replacing lighting fixtures entirely will cost more but also provides more options. When upgrading to new fixtures, it’s easier to incorporate advanced lighting controls into the system. With lighting controls, store managers can tune the light levels and temperatures (cooler or warmer colored light) to meet different needs in different parts of the store. Managers can also set controls to turn lights on or off in response to motion sensors or dim them on a set schedule, such as during restocking hours or when the store is closed.

    If the store is responsible for maintaining the building’s exterior, make sure to check outside wall packs, loading docks, and parking lots for efficiency opportunities. Most new fixtures come with motion sensors and dimming options. There are also a variety of LED replacement options for sign lighting, from tubes to strips, that can be customized for length and color. 

    What to know about lighting for your business

    Fine tune the refrigeration

    Refrigeration makes up about 40 percent of total energy use for most grocery stores, according to Energy STAR. If a store’s current refrigeration system wastes a lot of energy, upgrading to a new system could make a large impact on your energy costs.

    Open refrigerated cases were once commonplace at grocery stores, particularly for perishable staples like eggs, cheese, and yogurt. But nowadays, most stores have added doors to their refrigerated cases. This saves energy without impacting the customer experience or purchases.

    If a store’s refrigerated cases still have a lot of life left in them, door retrofit kits can be installed to keep conditioned air where it belongs. In addition to reducing energy use, these kits allow cases to maintain a more consistent temperature, which means that perishable products will maintain their quality longer.

    Stores can also upgrade the evaporator fan motors that circulate cold air in their refrigerated cases. Older cases typically use permanent split capacitor (PSC) motors, which are not as efficient as newer electronically commutated motors (ECMs). It’s relatively easy to swap out PSC motors for newer ECMs.

    Another retrofit that stores can install on refrigerated case doors is anti-sweat heaters. These heaters prevent condensation from forming on the doors. Anti-sweat heaters are designed to kick in at a specific humidity or case dew point and will run less often in the winter when the air is drier. Similarly, smart defrost controls will trigger a defrosting process only when needed to avoid an accumulation of frost and ice on the evaporator. Stores can also install controls on evaporator fan motors in walk-ins so that fans only run at full speed when there is a need for active cooling.

    If a store is already planning to replace its refrigerated cases, it’s a good idea to purchase new cases with doors. Replacing the entire case is more expensive than a simple retrofit, but new cases come with LED lighting and high-efficiency fan motors, which adds up to greater monthly savings.

    Finally, don’t forget to address the efficiency of the back end of your refrigeration system. Your refrigeration compressor or condensing unit can be found on the roof or in a dedicated compressor rack in a back storage area. Newer compressors tend to be smaller and more efficient and need less horsepower to provide the same amount of cooling. 

    Six signs that your refrigeration isn’t working properly

    Look for Energy STAR equipment

    Grocery stores that sell prepared food have ovens, steam cookers, commercial refrigerators, and other kitchen equipment on hand. When it’s time to replace the equipment, look for Energy STAR certified models.

    Get started today

    Efficiency Smart can help you prioritize the energy efficiency upgrades that are most likely to provide the best return on your investment. We provide rebates and technical guidance specifically designed for grocery stores. For more on how you can get started, contact your local account manager, call us at 877-889-3777, or email us at [email protected].

     

  • Energy-Saving Tips for Office Buildings

    /office-buildings

    Whether your company rents or owns its space, there are plenty of opportunities to save energy in an office building while improving employee comfort and safety.

    Choose LEDs and use sensors and controls.

    Lighting accounts for about a fifth of the total energy use of a commercial building,[1] making LEDs an excellent way to cut costs. Meanwhile, the longer lifespans of LEDs reduce the maintenance time required to replace burnt-out bulbs.

    Thoughtfully installed efficient lighting can also improve employee productivity and safety. Lighting design factors in the operation of your business to provide appropriate lighting where it is needed and less light where it isn’t required.

    Lighting controls and sensors reduce energy use when employees aren’t occupying certain areas, or fewer employees are in the office. You can also install occupancy sensors on vending machines and other specialty equipment to ensure they only light up when someone walks by. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, installing occupancy sensor lighting controls in office spaces can save between 10 and 50 percent on energy costs.

    Learn more about Commercial LED Lighting

    Purchase energy-efficient equipment.

    Offices use a lot of audio/visual equipment, computers, displays, printers, and other electronics. While the energy consumed by one laptop may not amount to much, the cost of powering an office full of electronics can add up over time.

    Whenever possible, invest in ENERGY STAR-certified products, which are independently certified to meet strict energy efficiency standards set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

    Avoid blocking thermostats or sensors.

    Office managers need to account for many variables when establishing an office layout. One important aspect is to make sure that equipment isn’t too close to sensors and thermostats.

    Avoid placing large equipment in front of thermostats. The waste heat given off by a heavily used printer or copier can trigger a falsely high room temperature. The heater may not kick in when needed, leaving building occupants too cold.

    Another tip is to avoid placing equipment or furniture in front of light or ventilation sensors. Doing so may prevent the sensor from detecting when someone has entered or exited the room.

    Pay attention to heating and cooling zones.

    No matter how high-tech the building, there’s always that one room that is too stuffy or cold. Avoid this issue by monitoring temperatures and complaints about specific areas and how they map to the building’s heating and cooling zones.

    In some cases, heating and cooling zones are mapped to multiple rooms, such as a conference room and a supply closet. Make sure that the most used room controls the zone. For instance, a conference room that is heavily utilized should take precedence over a supply closet that is barely opened.

    Learn more about Commercial HVAC

    Discourage personal heaters and appliances.

    If people use space heaters under their desks, personal fridges, or coffee makers, address the root problem. Personal appliances in office spaces aren’t just energy hogs—they can also be a fire or electrical hazard. Space heaters can overheat a space or trip a breaker, wiping out power for everyone until a facilities person can repair the damage.

    Adjust the temperature until most people feel comfortable if a room is too cold. If five people have a mini-fridge under their desks, consider installing a communal fridge, which will use far less energy (especially if it is an ENERGY STAR-certified model).

    Coordinate work-from-home days.

    These days, many offices have introduced hybrid work schedules that allow employees to work from home a few days a week. Lighting, heating, or cooling a big space for just one or two employees can be a big waste of energy.

    Consider asking employees to work in the same area or try to have everyone work from home on the same days. By coordinating the days that employees use the space, you can set back or increase temperatures and turn lights off to save energy while no one is in the office. You can also consider increasing desk task lighting, which gives employees the option of only lighting their work area rather than an entire office if only a handful of employees are in the building at one time.

    Shut equipment off automatically.

    Laptops go into power-saving mode when they are shut, and most other modern office equipment includes a power-saving mode. However, if several people in your office have desktop computers, their monitors can still waste a lot of energy overnight.

    One solution is to use smart power strips. These strips include a master outlet that should be connected to each employee’s main computer power cord. When the employee powers down for the day, the strip automatically turns off their monitor and other desk electronics.

    Air seal your entrance space.

    If you live in a cold climate, make sure that your office entrance space includes a vestibule or air curtain. Vestibules trap outside air before it can flow into your main office space. However, they take up a lot of space and can be expensive to install.

    A more efficient and affordable option is to install an air curtain. These machines blow controlled air to create an air seal that keeps heat in and chilly outside air where it belongs.

    If you are a tenant…

    Don’t chalk up high energy bills to the cost of doing business. Read your commercial lease carefully—ideally before you sign or renew—and monitor your building expenses, particularly if you pay for utilities.

    Even if your property owner pays your energy bills, it may still be worth having a conversation. Energy-efficient improvements could lower the owner’s bills while improving productivity and comfort for your employees.

    If you own your building…

    Did you know that ENERGY STAR-certified buildings have higher rental and occupancy rates and cost $0.54 less per square foot to operate?[2] Reduce maintenance time and operating costs, and improve tenant satisfaction by investing in a more energy-efficient building.

    To get started, grab a clipboard and print out ENERGY STAR’s Treasure Map for Office Buildings. The handout will guide you through a tour of your building, helping to alert you to your best opportunities to save money on energy.

    Questions? Reach out!

    Efficiency Smart can help your businesses prioritize energy efficiency upgrades that improve employee experience, reduce downtime, and lower operational costs. We provide rebates and technical guidance specifically designed for office buildings. For more on how to get started, contact your local account manager, call 877-889-377, or email [email protected].

    [1] https://www.energy.gov/femp/articles/wireless-occupancy-sensors-lighting-controls-applications-guide-federal-facility

    [2] https://www.energystar.gov/buildings/building_recognition/building_certification