- Associated Press - Saturday, April 9, 2016

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - Vermont’s energy efficiency utility is offering rebates to maple sugar makers to help them make their operations more energy efficient.

Efficiency Vermont says most Vermont sugar makers use oil or wood-fired evaporators to boil their sap. But it says reverse osmosis systems can remove more than 75 percent of the water from sap before boiling, reducing energy use by up to 75 percent.

Efficiency Vermont says last year 54 Vermont sugar makers took advantage of the rebate to buy an RO system, resulting in fuel savings this season of more than 17,500 gallons of oil and more than 350 cords of wood.

Sugar makers who produced at least 100 gallons of syrup last year or this year are eligible.

More information is available online at www.efficiencyvermont.com or by calling 888-921-5990.

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