Starting this week, the Pause has been partially lifted in Central NY and the Southern Tier. Building energy efficiency businesses are ready to serve your home needs. You can have Home Assessments done either on-site or remotely. Work can again proceed. Get started by enrolling online, attend an upcoming webinar, or revisit our recorded webinars.
HeatSmart Tompkins and our participating installers are all committed to keeping you safe while allowing life to resume. Remote assessments are available for those who prefer them. When work is done on your home, it is easy to maintain social distancing from work crews. All our installers have trained their employees in strong safety protocols including face masks, hand sanitizing, wiping down surfaces when they leave and more. So please move forward with plans to make your home a more comfortable, healthier and economical place to live
Note: To power your home with renewable energy, see the most recent Subscription Community Solar update and 100% Renewable Electricity update.
In New York's competitive energy market you can choose your supplier of electricity instead of buying your electricity from your utility company.
While your utility company will send you a list of over 100 ESCOs (Energy Supply Company) to choose from, they don't help you select one that offers 100% renewable electricity.
For over two years Gerri Wiley, Energy Navigator and HeatSmart Volunteer has been providing a monthly chart to help you choose an ESCO that offers 100% renewable electricity.
Wiley uses the following criteria to make her selections:
Take a look at this month's ESCO subscription options.
Don't forget you can combine your 100% renewably electricity ESCO with a Community Solar subscription, and you guessed it, Wiley vets those for you too. Take a look at this month's Community Solar subscription recommendations.
HeatSmart Tompkins is partnering with four companies for 2020, a result of a competitive selection process. HeatSmart selection criteria include company experience, reputations, work quality, and a record of excellent customer service.
The four companies are:
On average, 75 percent of the energy use by homes in Tompkins County goes towards heating, cooling, and domestic hot water. Most of that comes from burning fossil fuels. Fortunately, the technology is now available to let homeowners increase their comfort, reduce their greenhouse gas emissions, and save money.
The HeatSmart Tompkins program is designed to make it easier for county residents to weatherproof their homes and switch to highly efficient heat pump systems by coordinating education, access to incentives, and a streamlined process to connect with vetted installers.
Heat pumps draw heat from the ground or the outside air and transfer it to the interior of the home. They run on electricity and can be used for heating in the winter and cooling in the summer. Both ground-source and air-source heat pumps are effective at the low temperatures typical of this region.
Please visit our partner installer profile page for more details on what each company offers.