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Efficiency Vermont’s Best of the Best Awards

Efficiency Vermont’s Bryn Oaklef presents Chad Farnum of Farnum Insulators with the Efficiency Vermont EEN Partner of the Year award. (Courtesy photo)

G.E.T. Staff

During April’s Better Buildings by Design conference, two businesses were recognized for Efficiency Vermont’s Best of the Best (BOB) awards from the Efficiency Excellence Network (EEN). Farnum Insulators was recognized as the EEN Partner of the Year. Maple Leaf Mechanical was recognized with EEN’s Leadership Award.

The EEN Partner of the Year Award recognizes a firm or individual in the Efficiency Excellence Network that has demonstrated unusual commitment as an Efficiency Vermont partner. Farnum Insulators from East Dummerston, VT is a longtime EEN Home Performance with Energy Star (HPwES) partner. They have been with the program for over a decade. In 2020, they were able to rise to the challenge of quickly serving customers through increased incentives with almost no negative customer feedback. In 2021, they continued to meet the growing demand for weatherization in their territory of service.

“Farnum continues to set a high bar with their commitment to energy efficiency, their tireless work to promote available offers and their overall spirit of true partnership,” stated Steve Spatz, an account manager with Efficiency Vermont. “We are proud to honor Farnum Insulators with this year’s Partner of the Year award.”

Farnum Insulators is a key contributor in the collective effort to increase the number of homes weatherized by 2030. Their ability to expand their weatherization business without compromising quality for their customers is something to be celebrated. They have served nearly 600 customers since joining the HPwES program.

Farnum Insulators is a full-service insulation company serving Vermont, New Hampshire and Northern Massachusetts. New England’s weather requires buildings to have a higher standard for insulation than many other parts of the country. Farnum Insulators works with homeowners, businesses and institutions to assess buildings insulation needs through thorough diagnostic testing, creates the most cost-effective and non-invasive plan to increase energy efficiency, and finds all available cost saving incentives to reduce your costs. Learn more at

Jake Galvin of Maple Leaf Mechanical receives the Efficiency Vermont EEN Leadership award from Cooper Thompson. (Courtesy photo)

The EEN Leadership Award recognizes a firm or individual in the EEN who has demonstrated innovation, influence, and commitment to the energy efficiency industry. Maple Leaf Mechanical from Fair Haven, VT is this year’s award winner.

Partners, Jake Gavin and Matthew Lannon, are always looking to help their customers to access Efficiency Vermont’s rebates and offers, whether it is through lighting projects, refrigeration projects, heat pump installations and other energy efficiency work.

“Maple Leaf Mechanical leads by example in their ability to maintain excellent quality of work while keeping energy efficiency a top priority in their refrigeration, HVAC, and electrical work,” noted Cooper Thompson, an account manager with Efficiency Vermont. “They have collaborated on many projects with Efficiency Vermont and continue to lead with their creative problem solving and innovative approach to energy efficiency.”

In 2021 alone, Maple Leaf Mechanical enrolled in two Efficiency Vermont pilot programs: Integrated Controls and Leak Repair. In addition, they consistently volunteer to handle both challenging customers and projects, all while putting in the time to make sure they are prepared to do a good job.

Maple Leaf Mechanical can be reached at 802-683-5192.

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