Next Step Living® Is No. 92 on 2014 Inc. 500 List of Fastest-Growing Companies

Makes List of Top-10 Growth Companies in Boston

August 20, 2014 — 

Boston — For the second year in a row, Next Step Living, New England’s leading provider of home energy solutions, has been named to the prestigious Inc. 500 list of the fastest-growing private companies in the United States. It is number 92 on the list; last year, the company was number 84. The Inc. magazine award also names Next Step Living one of the top-10 fastest-growing companies in Boston.

With this recognition, Next Step Living keeps company with previous honorees also known for innovation and impact, including Zappos, Timberland, Oracle, Microsoft, Under Armour and Zipcar.

“Making the Inc. 500 list two years in a row is a terrific testament to our hard-working employees and valued partners,” said Geoff Chapin, Next Step Living founder and CEO. “Also, it acknowledges that our founding concept of practivism, combining a practical approach to building a sustainable business with green-living activism, can not only create jobs but also produce long-term environmental benefits — a winning combination.”

2014 YTD: More Growth, More Impact, More Achievements.

Since 2008, Next Step Living has helped more than 85,000 households become more energy-efficient and adopt renewable energy, thereby preventing carbon emissions. The estimated impact of that work is an annual carbon dioxide reduction of over 75,000 metric tons. To put this figure in perspective, it’s the equivalent of taking almost 16,000 fossil fuel-burning cars off New England’s roadways.

Today’s Inc. 500 announcement is the latest in a series of recent noteworthy successes for the company. In June, it received $25 million in Series D funding in a round led by Braemar Energy Ventures. Earlier this year, the Boston Business Journal named Next Step Living the fastest-growing private company in Massachusetts, and the prestigious Silicon Valley TiE50 added the company to its 2014 Global Hot Technology Start-Up Watch List. Additionally, Chapin was named EY Entrepreneur Of The Year 2014® in New England.

“Only a tiny fraction of the nation's companies have demonstrated such remarkably consistent high growth, particularly in the difficult economic environment of the past few years,” said Eric Schurenberg, president and editor-in-chief of Inc. “This achievement truly puts (Next Step Living) in rarefied company.”

As utility bills continue to rise and homeowners increasingly appreciate the value of energy efficiency, the company has expanded its geographic reach to include Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island and southern New Hampshire. To meet consumer demand, the company workforce has expanded from four original employees to almost 850 today. Recruiting continues for positions in customer care, community outreach, sales, energy advisors and marketing.

About Next Step Living

Next Step Living is a leading provider of energy solutions in the Northeast. With its cornerstone top-to-bottom home energy assessment to identify ways to save money and energy, Next Step Living and its expanding portfolio of energy-saving solutions make it easy to take immediate action towards living more sustainably, affordably and comfortably. Headquartered in Boston’s Innovation District, the award-winning Next Step Living team is at the forefront of a more sustainable future. Please visit for more information.  

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Jean Sexton