Expensive heating and cooling bills could become a thing of the past for many homes and buildings in Central New York.
HeatSmart CNY is a two-year, community-based campaign that’s helping home and business owners install ground source (“geothermal”) and air source heat pumps designed for cold climates, as well as heat pump water heaters, making living more comfortable, more sustainable and in many cases more affordable.
The Village of Homer has already announced its public support for the campaign through a recently passed resolution.
In a release, Village of Homer Mayor Hal McCabe said “HeatSmart CNY provides an excellent opportunity for Homer to enhance its commitment as a Climate Smart Community and Green Energy partner. The Board looks forward in promoting this campaign to all those that wish to curtail their fossil fuel footprint.”
HeatSmart CNY will be hosting two geothermal open houses in June, providing the public opportunities to view heat pumps up close and ask questions of homeowners who have made the switch:
On June 9 from 2-4:30 p.m., Ellen Ketchum and Joe Pullman will open their home in Truxton to show off their geothermal system.
On June 30 from 2-4:30 p.m., HeatSmart CNY will be touring the McClure home in Preble. The McClures’ old furnace failed over the winter; Halco installed a temporary electric furnace while their geothermal system was installed in the middle of the polar vortex.
Both homes also have solar photovoltaic panels, demonstrating how heat pumps can be paired with renewable electricity.
To help with the costs of installing a new system, the New York Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) recently increased the incentives available for air source heat pumps to $1,000 per ton for whole-home systems.
Geothermal systems are incentivized at $1,500 per ton. Most homes need approximately 3-5 tons to adequately size the system for the house. HeatSmart CNY provides additional $2,000 for air source system incentives to households making less than 80 percent of the area median income. That amount increases to $7,500 for geothermal systems.
For more information, or to sign up for a workshop or a no-cost site assessment from an installer, go to HeatSmartCNY.org, email info@HeatSmartCNY.org, or call Lindsay Speer at 833-315-4328.