Burlington Electric Encouraging Cutting Energy Use

The company will offer donations to nonprofits when customers hit goals

Burlington, Vt. - The Burlington Electric Department launched its new Defeat the Peak program Thursday to encourage community members to reduce their energy usage during the hottest days of summer.

"Defeat the Peak serves as another example of Burlington Electric's ongoing commitment to build a sustainable energy future that supports a growing economy and a thriving community," said Burlington Electric General Manager Neale Lunderville.

"As Burlington Electric continues to lead through energy innovation, this program is an important component of our efforts to make Burlington a net zero energy city. We are excited to provided this opportunity to further educate our customers about efficiency gains that help keep money in the Burlington community's pocket, while providing a meaningful benefit for local nonprofits," Lunderville continued.

The Defeat the Peak program inspires community participation with a "triple bottom line." By reducing energy usage during peak times, consumers will help keep energy costs low, reduce environmental pollution and help give back to the community.

The Burlington Electric Department will make a $1,000 donation to local nonprofits such as the Humane Society of Chittenden County and Steps to End Domestic Violence when their customers hit the target reduction during peak days.

"We offer our sincere thanks to Burlington Electric for incorporating charitable giving into its new energy efficiency program. We hope Burlingtonians are even more inclined to reduce their energy usage and protect our planet by knowing that, at the same time, they would be providing much-needed funding to help foster compassionate treatment of animals and prevent animal suffering," said President and CEO of the Humane Society of Chittenden County Nancy Cathcart.

Steps to reduce energy consumption include turning off the air condition or raising the thermostat temperature, especially when you leave a building, waiting until late evening to use dishwashers or washing machines, turning off electronic devices that are not in use and changing light bulbs to LEDs.

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