Green Mountain Power Partners with Humane Society of Chittenden County to Improve Energy Efficiency

15 June 2015

SOUTH BURLINGTON, VT – The Humane Society of Chittenden County shelters as many as 90 companion animals on any given day. Hot and cold days make a very real impact on the comfort of both the animals and the people in the building. Thanks to a generous $5,800 grant from Green Mountain Power and a cost share from Efficiency Vermont, HSCC is now saving an estimated 8,089 kWh and 106 ccf of natural gas per year AND 10,600 pounds of carbon emissions each year. Even better, HSCC estimates a savings of nearly $1,000 per year in energy costs! 
Like many small non-profit organizations that rely exclusively on gifts and grants, HSCC is always looking for ways to save money. Improving the energy efficiency of its South Burlington shelter was an important investment to lower the organization’s overhead costs and keep its precious residents warm in the winter and cool in the summer.
“We are so pleased to award this gift to such a deserving organization as the Humane Society of Chittenden County so that they can continue the important work they do rescuing, fostering and adopting out animals in our community,” said Mary Powell, President and CEO at Green Mountain Power. “For so many of us, our pets are members of our family so this gift is particularly meaningful as this organization works to ensure that more animals in our region get the care they need and find loving forever homes. We urge others who care about the wellbeing of animals to support their local humane societies.”
Last spring, HSCC reached out to Efficiency Vermont to review heating and cooling systems and in February, with support from Efficiency Vermont and GMP, contracted with Vermont Heating and Ventilating to install four Catalyst Advanced controllers located on the rooftop. In the days following the retrofit, HSCC realized a 20% drop in power usage. 
“We wanted to do the right thing for our animals, for our environment and for our operating budget. But having the up-front cash to do this work was prohibitive. I approached Green Mountain Power for a grant to pay the difference, knowing how proactive they are in helping all of their consumers reduce their usage. We are so deeply grateful to their commitment to not only HSCC but to their progressive energy efficient products and services for all of Vermont,” said Nancy Cathcart, President and CEO, Humane Society of Chittenden County. 
In addition to its regular charitable giving, each year Green Mountain Power selects a not-for-profit organization in Vermont to offer financial support for efficiency services and upgrades. To learn more about Green Mountain Power and its exciting line of energy efficient products and services, log on to greenmountainpower.com  
About the Humane Society of Chittenden County HSCC is a private and independent 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization serving both Chittenden and Grand Isle Counties whose mission is to foster compassionate treatment of animals and to prevent animal suffering through: sheltering homeless & unwanted pets; timely efforts to place each animal in a responsible & caring home; animal cruelty investigation; feral cat colony management (TNR); and humane education.We receive no government funding, and are not affiliated with a national organization. HSCC relies almost entirely upon donations from individuals, corporations and foundations to meet the annual $850,000 cost of running our shelter. 
About Green Mountain Power
Green Mountain Power (GMP) serves approximately 265,000 residential and business customers in Vermont and has a vision to be the best small company in America by partnering with Vermonters to improve lives and transform communities.  GMP is focused on a new way of doing business to meet the needs of customers with integrated energy services that help people use less energy and save money, while continuing to generate clean, cost-effective and reliable power in Vermont. GMP is the first utility in the world to get a B Corp certification, meeting rigorous social, environmental, accountability and transparency standards and committing to use business as a force for good. In 2014, Vote Solar named GMP a Solar Champion. More information at: www.greenmountainpower.com. 
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Nancy Cathcart, President & CEO, 802.862.0135 x. 12, Nancy@chittendenhumane.org
Kristin Carlson, Green Mountain Power, 802-229-8200, Kristin.carlson@greenmountainpower.com