Apartment Owners

Incentives for Apartment Building Owners

3E Thermal makes energy efficiency upgrades easy to undertake for owners of qualified apartment buildings. We provide various cash incentives as well as technical support. 

We are not weatherization contractors or product vendors. We’re unbiased consultants whose interest is maximizing the energy performance of Vermont’s affordable apartment housing, saving building owners and tenants money, and making apartments better places to live for folks by building more durable, sustainable housing.

To qualify for 3E services at no cost, a combination of income eligible tenant applications and/or rent thresholds will be used to determine eligibility. Click here to view the 2023-2024 allowable Area Median Income (AMI) levels.

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Unbiased Consultants Providing Funding To Move Your Project Forward

3E Thermal uses funds from Vermont’s Thermal Efficiency Fund (which comes from other energy programs, not general tax dollars) to provide cash reimbursements for energy improvements. The more comprehensive the energy improvements, the more we can offer in incentives. Generally, we target apartment buildings with 3 or more units and projects that will achieve at least 25% savings.

We’re green-building advisors who pride ourselves on solving problems and achieving the most effective energy improvements within the parameters of the owner’s capital expense plan and budget.

For buildings that don’t qualify for free services, we can provide technical support on a fee-basis.

3E Thermal Technical Support Includes

Complete assessment of existing conditions and opportunities for energy improvements
Analysis of fuel usage history and current energy performance
Estimates of savings and budgets for recommended improvements
Collaboration with owner’s design team on larger projects
Review of and advice on project specifications and bids
Progress and final inspections to assist contractors and ensure work meets specs

“The tenants are happier, they have a more reliable heating system. The building is more comfortable because we added a whole lot of insulation. We have new energy-efficient windows that work a lot more effectively. So I’m happy and I think the tenants are happy, too.”

- Richard Carr, RH Carr Associates

“Scott and Randy are the best to work with. I was like a fish out of water with the first project, and they helped me along with everything. It was marvelous and they were wonderful to work with.”

- Sharlene McEachern, Realty Resources Management

Constructing a new multi-family building?

Efficiency Vermont offers design support and cash incentives.

Renovation & Construction

Featured Projects

Northfield Apartment Building Saves Almost 50% on Energy

After making energy efficiency improvements designed by 3E Thermal... 

  • The owners of an apartment building in Northfield are set to save 47% on energy costs this winter.
  • Air leakage was reduced by 42%.
  • The per unit monthly heating cost dropped from $132 to $56.

Morrisville Apartment Complex Receives Energy Efficiency Upgrades

Colonial Manor in Morrisville has undergone an extensive energy efficiency upgrade, with funding and technical support assistance from 3E Thermal. The five-building complex has added insulation and air sealing, a central heating plant, improved ventilation, and new windows and doors. In this video, we visit the project and talk with Randy Drury of 3E Thermal about what was involved with making the apartments more efficient and comfortable.