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How much annual electric or oil-based energy could we cut in the Adirondacks by 2013 by adding renewables and reducing waste?:

Leaders Heat

Cutting the cost of staying warm

Heat in the Adirondack is a big energy item. Together we spend $200 million a year for heating fuel alone. This section gives you some alternative sources to save on hot water and home heat.

Geothermal Heat

Shallow geothermal works in the Adirondacks. Imagine its 20 below outside, it's about 55 underground. Bring that 55 degrees inside means all you need to do is warm the house from 55 up, a much smaller load than starting from less than zero.

Geothermal heat pump systems tap the constant temperature of the earth to provide efficient heating and cooling. Heat can be extracted from the earth in the winter, and brought indoors. In the summer the process can be reversed. Unwanted heat is extracted from the building and added to the earth.

 Geothermal installers by state

 Adirondack Life story on Geothermal

  A cool geothermal cost-savings calculator for one home or your town

 A good source of information on Geothermal pumps

 Thermal Associates is a geothermal installer out of Glens Falls

Solar Thermal

Wood Pellet Heat

The Wild Center is heated with pellets. Here is their big FAQS, including information about their solar thermal system.