City of Auburn Supports HeatSmart CNY

City of Auburn, New York 




By Councilor McCormick November 7, 2019 

WHEREAS, the HeatSmart CNY initiative is a non-profit, volunteer campaign in Onondaga, Oswego, Cortland, Madison and Cayuga Counties, which is helping people switch to clean heating and cooling technologies; and 

WHEREAS, the HeatSmart CNY initiative has received funding and support from NYSERDA to administer a two-year campaign through the Central New York Regional Planning and Development Board (CNY RPDB) and the Alliance for a Green Economy and; 

WHEREAS, the campaign educates the public about clean heating and cooling technologies and seeks to jumpstart the market and drive increase capacity and interest in installing such systems; and 

WHEREAS, clean heating and cooling technologies are already proven to work in Central New York including projects at Auburn City Hall, the Auburn Police and Fire Stations, and the New York State Equal Rights Heritage Center; and 

WHEREAS, the HeatSmart CNY initiative supports the Comprehensive Plan adopted by the City of Auburn entitled “Building a Sustainable Auburn;” and 

Eagle Bulletin: A Noble Deed

Article published in the Eagle Bulletin on May 28, 2019 by Jason Klaiber

"In a noon ceremony on May 23, NY-Geo presented contractor Halco Energy with the 2019 GeoStar Top Job award at the historic Fayetteville home that earned them the prestigious honor."

"'The Noble House basically shows that there’s no building in New York State that’s too old for this to happen with or that can’t be adapted,' Bill Nowak, the executive director for geothermal energy organization NY-GEO, said."

"Sunderlin’s home also recently received a Pearl Platinum Certification, a seal conveying a household’s healthiness, safety, comfort and efficiency in regards to water and energy. The Noble House is one of two homes in the state to meet the designation, the other also serviced by Halco."

Read the full article here. 

Improving Technology Gives CNY Homeowners New Ways to Keep Warm Using Less Fossil Fuel

By  & OLIVIA PROIA  JAN 29, 2019


The bitter cold temperatures and the high utility bills that follow might have many Central New Yorkers wondering if there’s a more efficient, environmentally friendly way to heat their homes. 

It turns out heat pumps could be the answer, and residents have a chance to learn more at a workshop Thursday.  Lindsay Speer with Heat Smart CNY says there are many possibilities for both ground and air source pumps.

“The ground is a giant solar battery, and geothermal systems draw on that energy and then pump up the heat or use it to cool your home in the summer, and do it very efficiently. The air source and the ground source systems do heating and cooling as well, so it adds benefit for people who might be on oil but don’t have air conditioning, for example."

Ian Shapiro is founder and senior engineer at Taitem Engineering in Ithaca.  He says there's growing interest in heat pumps.

Heat Pumps drawing interest for heating/cooling

by Laura Hand

Sunday, January 27th 2019

Interest in cutting heating bills drew people to a house where they've installed a heat pump and other energy savers. More open houses & info sessions, coming up.

A Syracuse home that heats & cools with geothermal energy drew lots of interest at an open house in the city Meadowbrook section.

The 1939 house has had a heat pump since 2010, to provide air heat and cooling. Solar thermal panels on the roof take care of hot water.

Installing the energy efficient and environmentally friendly technology is not inexpensive, though there are rebates and tax credits that, in this case, cut costs in more than half.

HeatSmart CNY ( provided guides for the open house tour. 
Another is set for Saturday, February 2 at the Clausen home in Tully, where they say the changes have made for a little to $0 electric bill.

Urban CNY: HeatSmart CNY community initiative schedules four free public workshops and open house events

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Winter is finally here, a polar vortex is making the news, and many of us are suddenly way too cold in our homes instead of feeling safe and snug. It’s a great time to learn about HeatSmart CNY, how to improve the comfort of our homes and buildings, and how to save money on heating!

Radio: CNY community program pushes geothermal energy to decrease costs, harm to environment

Air date: 11/28/18 on WRVO

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A two-year community-based campaign has started in central New York meant to drive down heating and cooling costs and greenhouse gas emissions by using geothermal energy.

The campaign is called HeatSmart CNY, and it helps homeowners install ground-source and air-source heat pumps designed for cold climates. 

HeatSmart CNY program manager Lindsay Speer explained how these pumps work.

“There’s energy in the air and earth around us all the time,” Speer said. “There’s heat there. And so, what air source and ground source heat pumps do is they capture that energy and compress it and bring it into your home, pumping up the heat to the temperature you want in your house.”

It is a heating and cooling method that has been used in other parts of the country for years. Improved technology has made it more feasible for colder climates. Typical homes using oil or propane heat can save up to $1,800/year in fuel costs after installing heat pumps. 

New Pilot Program Provides Incentive to Consider Geothermal Heating and Cooling



Syracuse homeowners who might have entertained the idea of switching to geothermal heating and cooling now might have the motivation they need.  Heat Smart CNY has been awarded a half million dollars by the New York State Energy and Research Development Authority, or NYSERDA, to fund the program.  

HeatSmart Campaign Manager Lindsay Speer says they want to bring heating into the 21st century. 

“One of our major parts of this campaign is helping people learn what incentives they can leverage to make these technologies available to them. There are massive NYSERDA rebates as well as a 30% federal tax credit that can be leveraged right now.”

Speer says the program aims to modernize residential and commercial heating systems by installing air and ground source geothermal heat pumps designed for cold climates. Speer says the air source pumps were once thought not to work in cold environments, but technology advancements have made them fully functional.