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 (heatsmartCNY.org) 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.
There are also information sessions on Heat Pumps and other energy-saving devices:
>Tuesday 1/30 3:30-5pm, Syracuse Center of Excellence, 727 East Washington St (by Taitem Engineering)
>Thursday 1/31 7-8:30pm, Bishop Harrison Diocesan Center, 1340 Lancaster Ave Syracuse (by HeatSmartCNY)