Due to construction of the new home, the homeowners were able pay attention to their energy usage and climate change concerns. The house features state of the art insulation, a ground source heat pump (geothermal energy), and a solar photovoltaic system on the roof for production of electricity. The house also has Very tight envelope with R-50 walls. Ground source heat pump (GSHP) providing hydronic in-floor heating on the first floor. GSHP and domestic hot water. Roof-top solar photovoltaic (PV) system for electricity. Finally, the photovoltaic panels were installed in a 12 kW roof-top array installed by Renovus in May 2016.
The homeowners are very pleased with the outcome. The geothermal system and heat pump have been maintenance free. They never run out of hot water even though the geothermal system is supplying hot water both to the hydronic heating system and to the water heater during the cold months. This leads to a significant saving in energy costs which can be some of the more expensive costs for homeowners in Central New York during the winter.