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Home energy program serves as model for communities across state
The HeatSmart home energy program, which helps Tompkins County homeowners connect with local heating and cooling contractors, closes its 2017 season with a public information session at The Space @ Greenstar on Tuesday, May 30, at 6 p.m.
“If you’ve been meaning to get to a meeting, this is your chance,” said program director Jonathan Comstock. “It’s a great way to fight global warming while making your household more comfortable year-round.”
A program of the local nonprofit Solar Tompkins, HeatSmart works to decrease greenhouse gas emissions in Tompkins County by promoting home sealing, insulation, and super-efficient heat pump systems. In this area, roughly 75 percent of home energy use goes to heating and cooling. Most of that energy is provided by fossil fuels.
Heat pumps use electricity to move heat from one place to another, providing warmth in the winter and cooling in the summer. By switching from traditional furnaces and air conditioners, homeowners with access to solar or wind power can drastically reduce their carbon footprints.
HeatSmart has held 20 community meetings so far this year in all ten of the county’s municipalities. The meetings allow homeowners to learn about heat pumps and meet three vetted installers – Halco, NP Environmental, and Snug Planet – with no obligation. The program is being used as a model for similar efforts across the state.
The May 30 event will begin at 6 p.m. with free wine tasting organized by Six Mile Creek Vineyard. The information session will run from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. The Space @ Greenstar is located at 700 W. Buffalo St. in Ithaca.
In order to help us plan for the event registration is helpful, but not required.
With funding from the Park Foundation and CCETC, Taitem engineering just released a very exciting report comparing energy use, carbon emissions, and cost for furnaces versus heat pumps. In new construction, the ASHP were even more cost effective than a gas furnace. Both air source and ground source heat pumps produce huge reductions in energy use and emissions.
What your neighbors are saying about HeatSmart...
HeatSmart Installer: Halco
HeatSmart Installer: NP Environmental
HeatSmart Installer: Snug Planet
HeatSmart Program Director Jonathon Comstock chats with Lee Rayburn of WHCU on the Morning Newswatch.
Thanks to Liz Thomas for a great opinion piece in the Ithaca Journal! Even old farmhouses can join in the transition to clean energy.
HeatSmart program offers low-cost efficiency
by Elizabeth Thomas
Most people have noticed or believe climate change to be an issue of concern, and in this era, it is doubtful the federal government will be working to find renewable energies to help stem greenhouse gas production.
We are fortunate in Tompkins County to have assistance through the HeatSmart program to find more efficient ways to heat homes. Read more
HeatSmart volunteers gather at Stewart Park to pick up yard signs and celebrate the start of the program's second season. Photo by Kathleen Gifford. (For high resolution version of image click here)
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Now in its second year, HeatSmart program to serve as model for communities across state
ITHACA – A group of Tompkins County residents is launching a series of community meetings to help homeowners sort through their options for curbing their homes’ energy appetites through sealing, insulation, and high-efficiency heat pumps.
The HeatSmart program begins its second season on February 21 with an information session at the Brooktondale Community Center in Caroline. It is the first of 19 open community meetings around the county offered by the nonprofit group Solar Tompkins. For a complete schedule, visit SolarTompkins.org.