The Vermont Retail Association (VRA) and Efficiency Vermont have launched a new partnership to help Vermont’s retailers become more energy efficient and save money. On Wednesday, August 3rd the two organizations will host a breakfast meeting to introduce the program to businesses in Montpelier and Central Vermont. The meeting will take place from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. at VRA’s offices 148 State St. in Montpelier. Persons interested in attending should RSVP to Ceil Stryzminski of VRA by phone at (802) 839-1931 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org(link sends e-mail). ‘We’re very excited to work with Efficiency Vermont in support of our members,’ stated Tasha Wallis, VRA’s Executive Director. ‘This is a golden opportunity for retailers in the capitol and central Vermont area to save energy and money and strengthen their bottom lines at the same time.’ Centerpiece of the event will be a presentation by Susan Thompson, Efficiency Vermont Planning and Development Manager dedicated to the retail market. Thompson will explain how the new partnership can help retailers. Benefits include recommendations for energy efficiency improvements in businesses, as well as financial assistance in the form of standard rebates. VRA Marketing and Public Relations consultant James Tabor will offer a brief presentation tailored specifically to the needs of area businesses. Working with Efficiency Vermont has produced significant immediate benefits for Vermont retailers as well as long-term dividends. Bonnie Hawley, a Rutland florist who is also president of VRA’s Board of Trustees, recently worked with Efficiency Vermont to make her store more energy-efficient. ‘Efficiency Vermont helped me determine that the store’s lighting was using far too much energy,’ said Hawley. ‘They provided the information I needed to make my lighting upgrade a reality and were very easy to work with. The financial incentives were helpful to get the project done. I’d highly recommend them to every retail business owner.’ About the Vermont Retail AssociationFor more than 40 years, VRA (www.vtretailers.com(link is external)) has helped thousands of Vermont businesses do business better. Any Vermont business is welcome to join. VRA’s mission is serving the needs of Vermont businesses with a wide variety of programs, services, benefits, and advocacy in Montpelier. About Efficiency VermontEfficiency Vermont (www.efficiencyvermont.com(link is external)) was created by the Vermont Legislature and the Vermont Public Service Board to help all Vermonters reduce energy costs, strengthen the economy, and protect Vermont’s environment. Efficiency Vermont is currently operated by Vermont Energy Investment Corporation (VEIC), an independent organization under contract to the Vermont Public Service Board. VEIC is a Vermont-based nonprofit organization founded in 1986.