Energy Efficiency Programs
at Smugglers' Notch, Vermont
Since 1996, new residential construction in our Resort Village has been built with the highest standards of energy efficiency, and has achieved Five Star status, Vermont's highest energy rating.
The high energy ratings of these one, two and three bedroom condominium buildings ranks Smugglers' as the first Five Star Builder in the State of Vermont and has won us "Best of the Best" awards for multi-family homes in 1999 (Aspens) and 2002 (Falcons).
Vermont developed a star rating system to measure the energy efficiency of new construction called The Vermont Energy Star Home Program. It was set up cooperatively by the state's utilities to review building plans prior to construction and to inspect the construction upon completion. Five Star is the highest rating possible and signifies a new standard in construction. The Vermont Energy Star Home Program is supported by the Public Service Department.
In order to achieve this Five Star standard, all new construction features energy efficient florescent lighting, LED exit lights, high efficiency, propane fueled HVAC plants, high insulation values, energy efficient appliances and water conservation fixtures. The buildings also feature environmentally friendly materials and fixtures such as gas fireplaces, recycled rubber carpet pad and low VOC paint (volatile organic compounds).
State of the Art Facilities
TREASURES Child Care Center was built in 2002. Working closely with Efficiency Vermont, the electrical contractor Alpha Electric, and the HVAC contractor Carlson Mechanical, Smugglers' was able to construct this facility to meet or exceed the latest State of Vermont energy efficiency guidelines (2001 Vermont Guidelines for Energy Efficient Commercial Construction). Features such as careful siting to make best use of solar radiation and natural lighting, radiant slab heat, high efficiency boiler (with a fuel efficiency rating of 85%; guidelines call for 80%), use of a high efficiency cooling system and extensive use of fluorescent lighting combine to make this a state-of-the-art, energy efficient facility.
Reduced rates = reduced energy use! New efficiency measures installed at Smuggs during 2002 saved $14,000 annually in reduced rates. Smuggs also received $28,755 in rebates from Efficiency Vermont in 2002 alone. In 2003, Smuggs received incentives from Efficiency Vermont totaling $10,000. In 2004 Smuggs received over $19,000 in rebates and over $20,000 in 2005.
In 2001, as part of our ongoing efforts to reduce energy use, Smugglers' invested in energy conservation measures throughout existing resort facilities. Working with Efficiency Vermont, Smugglers' was able to reduce our electrical demands by 318,693 kWh annually.
High efficiency gas-fired boilers heat all of our pools. These heaters are about twice the cost of standard models, but the investment is recaptured in energy savings over a period of only 3 years. In addition, insulated pool covers are utilized when the pools are not in use to reduce heat loss, providing energy savings of 60 percent. Besides reducing heat loss, the covers also reduce the amount of water and chemicals lost through evaporation.