Open-house events set

Pictured is the Richard S. Shineman Center at SUNY Oswego, which will be the site of open-house events Wednesday showcasing eco-friendly cooling and heating solutions. Non-profit environmental advocacy organization HeatSmart CNY will host the events.

OSWEGO — Non-profit environmental advocacy organization HeatSmart CNY is hosting a couple of open-house events at SUNY Oswego on Wednesday to showcase eco-friendly cooling and heating solutions for homeowners in the area.

The events, set to take place at the university’s Richard S. Shineman Center, will aim to guide homeowners through a tour of the building, which according to HeatSmart officials is the largest geothermal installation in the Empire State. Geothermal expert Jay Egg — founder of heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) innovations company EggGeothermal — will be on hand to guide attendees through the building and brief homeowners on what he considers are advantages of utilizing HVAC systems that eliminate the usage of fossil fuels.

The first event is a presentation entitled “Net Zero HVAC with Jay Egg.” It will take place from 2-3:30 p.m. at the Shineman Center. Hosted by SUNY Oswego’s Office of Sustainability in partnership with HeatSmart CNY, it is meant for anyone involved in large-scale buildings to learn about geothermal heating and cooling. Egg will discuss innovations in HVAC systems that utilize heat pumps to efficiently heat and cool buildings, and help eliminate fossil fuel use.

The second event is a geothermal tour of the Shineman Center, set for 5-6 p.m. The public is invited to tour the building and learn how geothermal heat pumps work, meet the installers, and discuss opportunities available to upgrade their homes and buildings.

One of the innovations to be discussed is the usage of heating systems powered by heat pumps. The New York State Energy Research and Development and Authority (NYSERDA) deems heat pumping an “efficient” way to regulate heating and cooling home utility systems.

The process consists of an underground pipes system, which can help maintain a stable energy flow into the property due to the ground’s ability to soak up heat rays and thus maintain stable temperatures longer, according to NYSERDA officials.

Benefits of using the system are tangible, according to NYSERDA officials. For every unit of heating energy the system employs, homeowners can expect up to a threefold return on heating and cooling energy. The system also contributes no carbon emissions to the environment and suffers from no weather deterioration due to it being an underground installation, NYSERDA officials said in an explainer video. Further, the agency also claims homeowners can experience savings of 30 percent and up to 60 percent in heating expenses, as well as 20 percent and up to 50 percent in cooling expenses.

Professionals interested in attaining NYSERDA certifications for installing innovative, eco-friendly heating and cooling systems are also encouraged to attend, according to a release issued by HeatSmart CNY.

Aside from the informational tour, Egg and other experts from HeatSmart CNY will also be on hand for a question-and-answer session.

The events are the latest in a series of outreach opportunities put on by HeatSmart CNY. The organization said in a release it partners with federal and state officials who make “incentives available for heat pumps.”

“HeatSmart CNY is led by a partnership between the Central New York Regional Planning and Development Board and Alliance for a Green Economy, with additional community leaders volunteering their time to support this effort,” officials said in a release.

For more information and pre-registration for the events, HeatSmart CNY can be contacted at:

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