HeatSmart Tompkins: Harnessing the Efficiency of Heat Pumps
After two successful years of focus on rapidly increasing the deployment of solar PV in the residential sector, Solar Tompkins has turned to the promotion of non-fossil fuel alternatives and efficiency measures for home heating and domestic hot water, which, combined, account on average for three quarters of the total energy use in Tompkins County homes. The HeatSmart Tompkins program accelerates the transition of home-heating away from fossil fuels via deployment of highly efficient air- and ground-source heat pumps in combination with improvement of building efficiency through better insulation and air sealing. This program will be offered in Tompkins County for a second time beginning in early 2017. More information regarding program launch, installer partners, and public meeting dates is forthcoming.
2015/2016 HeatSmart Program Highlights
HeatSmart by the Numbers
The inaugural HeatSmart program concluded in Spring 2016. How did we do? For a first-of-kind public education campaign introducing "newer" heat pump technologies to the community (unlike the existing familiarity with and popularity of solar PV in the local marketplace), we were modest in our expectations, hoping to enroll 300 participants and have 100 residents choose to improve their home energy performance by a stand-alone or combined investments in insulation/air sealing and an air-source (ASHP) or ground-source geothermal (GSHP) heat pump system for residential heating and cooling. Here are the results:
A wholehearted 'thanks' from us at Solar Tompkins to all county residents that engaged with HeatSmart in 2015/16!
HeatSmart Receives 'People's Choice Signs of Sustainability' Recognition
At the Earth Day Ithaca community conversation on the future of housing hosted by Sustainable Tompkins, Solar Tompkins received a People's Choice Signs of Sustainability Award in the 'organization' category for demonstrating progress toward advancing community well-being, ecological stewardship, and local economic resilience.
Lessons in Renewable Heating and Cooling in New York State
Grassroots Environmental Education recently hosted a conference on renewable and sustainable energy use in buildings. Matt Johnston was asked to share an overview of the HeatSmart Tompkins Program. To see the video, which includes a presentation from the Director of NYSERDA's Office of Renewable Heating and Cooling, click below.
Energy Navigator Training
This ten-session training prepares volunteer Energy Navigators to help others in the community understand their energy use and make progress towards reducing energy use and bills, and switching from fossil fuels to renewables. Topics include understanding energy bills, calculating carbon footprint, home energy efficiency, renewable heating, solar energy, transportation alternatives, and more. Training begins in March of 2017, specific dates and place TBD. For more information and to register your interest, visit
http://www.getyourgreenbacktompkins.org/, or contact Karim Beers at email@example.com or 272-2292.
Energy Navigators is a program of Get Your GreenBack Tompkins with the support of Cooperative Extension of Tompkins County.
Residential Air-Source Heat Pump Hot Water Units-- just one heat pump technology available through HeatSmart. Click to learn more!
HeatSmart Tompkins advocates all practical means of eliminating fossil fuel use in our homes. We thank you, Tompkins County community members choosing HeatSmart, for joining us in this effort to reduce our carbon footprints and live fossil fuel-free!