Since our founding in 1996, Optimal has been at the forefront of some of the nation’s leading energy efficiency efforts.
In the late 1990’s, Optimal was intimately involved with the creation of Efficiency Vermont, the nation’s first efficiency utility. Optimal was also a key resource for the state of Massachusetts in their early collaborative approach to developing industry-leading utility-administered programs. We continue to serve this role today, leading a team of consultants that guides a legislatively-empaneled council that oversees one of the most advanced efficiency efforts in the country. In 2012, Optimal opened a second office location in Providence, Rhode Island.
Commitment to Sustainability
Optimal Energy is committed to reducing the environmental impact of our own business operations. To encourage use of alternative fuel vehicles, we installed an electric vehicle charging station, allowing two employees to switch to all-electric vehicles. Several other commuters drive to work in hybrid cars and employees can also choose to work from home.
In late 2013, Optimal moved its main office to a building that was centrally located and more efficient than its previous workspace. This move significantly reduced the commute distance for most employees, directly leading to lower transportation-related greenhouse gas emissions.
Optimal works to use energy efficient office equipment and incorporate green building design elements whenever possible. Optimal staff all use EnergyStar® rated laptop computers and monitors. The office building is equipped with high efficiency LED lighting and occupancy sensors throughout, set back thermostats, and a high efficiency natural gas heating system with 95% AFUE.
Powered by Solar
Optimal further advanced its sustainability efforts in 2015 by purchasing power for our Hinesburg (VT) office from a 7.2 kW solar PV array that provides the majority of the building’s electricity needs.
Optimal uses 100% post-consumer waste recycled paper for all our printing needs and documents are printed on two sides whenever feasible. Optimal also uses paper products with post-consumer recycled content in our kitchen and bathrooms.