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Success Stories

split level home with solar panels on roof

Dennis Home

Cortland, NY | Cortland County, Residential, Retrofit | Air Source Heat Pump (Ductless), Solar PV

This homeowner replaced their aging natural gas boiler with an air source heat pump, which helped them keep their home cool in the summer and dehumidified their damp basement.  “The system is exactly what I had hoped for.” - Matt Read More

two story wooden home

Ketchum-Pullman Residence

Truxton, NY | Cortland County, Residential, Retrofit | Ground Source Heat Pump, Solar PV

The homeowners originally had a propane-fuel water tank for their hot water supply and no air conditioning. Concerned about climate change and the price volatility of fossil fuel, as well as wanting to avoid the burden of cutting wood for a wood furnace, the homeowners switched to a ground source heat pump (geothermal energy) to heat and cool their home. The homeowners are pleased with the outcome, remarking that: “It feels good to be part of the solution to global warming.” Read More

Leonard Residence

Locke, NY | Cayuga County, Residential, Retrofit | Ground Source Heat Pump, Insulation & Air Sealing, Solar PV

Concerned about the high cost of heating their house with propane, as well as the importance of dealing with climate change, the homeowners switched to a ground source heat pump (geothermal energy) to heat and cool their home. They also added solar photovoltaic electricity. They installed a solar array containing roughly a 15 kW roof-top array installed in 2014. Read More

Sunderlin Home

Fayetteville, NY | Onondaga County, Residential, Retrofit | Ground Source Heat Pump, Heat Pump Water Heater, Insulation & Air Sealing

Wanting to fight climate change, William converted his historical house from natural gas to geothermal heating and cooling, and added insulation, heat pump water heaters, induction stoves, solar panels, and an electric vehicle. Read More

back of wooden home

Gleisner Home

LaFayette, NY | Onondaga County, Residential, Retrofit | Ground Source Heat Pump

After getting tired of inefficient electric heating, and the physical labor and time consuming task of using a wood stove, Dennis and Jeanie decided they needed to make a change in the way that they heat their home. They wanted to make a responsible choice and install a heating system that would not contribute to climate change. After working with HeatSmart CNY and A.C.E.S. Energy they decided to install a geothermal heat pump. Read More

two story craftsman house

Thomas Residence

Syracuse, NY | Onondaga County, Residential, Retrofit | Ground Source Heat Pump, Solar PV

This case illustrates that geothermal energy is possible on a small lot in a tight space. The vertical wells were drilled in a small area on the front lawn and in the driveway. Kyle was able to use the geothermal system to provide heat for radiant heat floors and air heating and cooling. Read More

Stock Residence

Manlius, NY | Onondaga County, Residential, Retrofit | Ground Source Heat Pump, Solar PV

Motivated by the need to combat global climate change, reduce energy costs, improve their overall health and comfort, the Stocks decided to make renovations to their home. Those renovations included insulation upgrades and installing a geothermal heat pump to meet their heating and cooling needs. The Stocks were driven to increase their renewable capacity by adding solar photovoltaic arrays on their roof shortly after the Heat Pump installation. Fortunately, utility bills are down considerably. Read More

two-story Skaneateles home

McClintic Residence

Skaneateles, NY | Onondaga County, Residential, Retrofit | Ground Source Heat Pump, Heat Pump Water Heater, Insulation & Air Sealing

Steve and Stacy expected their heating bills to increase when they moved into their home in 2018. They weren’t, however, expecting their bills to be more than three times higher heating with propane instead of gas. Additionally, the window air conditioners that came with the home were old and inconvenient to use. They started looking for a solution that was both cost-effective and could help reduce their carbon footprint. Having heard of geothermal heat pumps as a potential alternative, Steve and Stacy did some research and went to a HeatSmart CNY seminar to learn more about their options. Read More

farmhouse in winter surrounded by trees

Kerney Farmhouse

Jamesville, NY | Onondaga County, Residential, Retrofit | Ground Source Heat Pump, Insulation & Air Sealing, Solar PV

Karen converted her wood and propane heated home to a geothermal heat pump with solar panels to keep energy costs and environmental impact low. She saves $1,680/year on heat and electric, no longer needs to chop wood, and can heat the whole house in the winter. Read More

three story farmhouse

Riester-Merizzi Residence

Union Springs, NY | Cayuga County, Residential, Retrofit | Ground Source Heat Pump, Heat Pump Water Heater, Insulation & Air Sealing

Renovation of an unoccupied foreclosure presented the homeowners opportunities to act on their concern about the environment and resource consumption. They installed a ground source heat pump (geothermal energy) for home heating and cooling, and a hybrid air source heat pump electric water heater. In spite of some challenges, the homeowners are generally pleased with the new system due to reduced energy costs, home comfort, and environmental peace of mind. Read More

three story farmhouse

Campbell Residence

Cincinnatus, NY | Cortland County, Residential, Retrofit | Ground Source Heat Pump, Solar PV

Eager to find a solution to high energy bills, as well as concerned about the environment, the homeowners switched from fossil fuels to a geothermal heat pump. They explain they are able to “heat their home at a fraction of the cost they had previously been paying.” They add that “after some initial issues with installation, the system has exceeded our expectations.” Read More

two story home

Kimball Residence

Pompey, NY | Onondaga County, Residential, Retrofit | Air Source Heat Pump (Ductless), Ground Source Heat Pump, Heat Pump Water Heater, Insulation & Air Sealing

Eager to find a solution to high energy bills, the Kimballs switched from fossil fuels to heat pumps and also made energy efficiency upgrades. The system has already paid for itself and the household saves $1,500-$2,000 per year. “The systems have exceeded our expectations in all regards," the Kimballs state. Their motivation for installing heat pump technology was fueled by a dying oil fired furnace and a desire for air conditioning. Read More

two story farmhouse and gazebo stand in winter

Clausen Residence

Tully, NY | Onondaga County, Residential, Retrofit | Ground Source Heat Pump, Insulation & Air Sealing, Solar PV

Motivated by concern about climate change, the Clausens converted from heating with fuel oil to a geothermal heating system in 2016. This complements their decision to install additional solar photovoltaic units in 2017 (adding to a system installed by previous owners in 2012). They are pleased with the outcome, remarking that in addition to reducing their carbon footprint, they are looking forward to long-term cost savings, and they enjoy avoiding the price volatility of fuel oil. Read More

two story split house in winter with solar panels on roof

Finlayson-Schueler Residence

Syracuse, NY | Onondaga County, Residential, Retrofit | Ground Source Heat Pump, Insulation & Air Sealing, Solar PV

This family went geothermal in 2010, as the environmental and climate harm caused by natural gas extraction became more widely known. “It was just the right thing to do.” - Ted Read More

Sterling house from the street, with a large lawn, two stories, and solar panels on the roof

Kuck Residence

Sterling, NY | Cayuga County, New Construction, Residential | Ground Source Heat Pump, Insulation & Air Sealing, Solar PV

Construction of a brand new home presented the Kucks with the opportunity to act on their concern about fossil fuel use and climate change. The house featuresstate of the art insulation, a ground source heat pump (geothermal energy), and a solar photovoltaic system on the roof for production of electricity. The homeowners are generally pleased with the outcome saying “the geothermal system has been maintenance free.” Read More

exterior of mcclure residence in winter with roof solar panels

McClure Residence

Preble, NY | Cortland County, Residential, Retrofit | Ground Source Heat Pump, Heat Pump Water Heater, Insulation & Air Sealing, Solar PV

When their oil furnace broke down, this family decided to upgrade their home with a ground source heat pump, heat pump water heater, insulation, and solar panels. Incentives enabled them to go green while saving green. Read More