Cutting the cost of staying warm
Heat in the Adirondack is a big energy user. Together we spend $200 million a year for heating fuel alone. This section gives you some alternative sources to save on hot water and building 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 building 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.
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
Wood Pellet Heat
The Wild Center is heated with pellets. Here is their big FAQS, including information about their solar thermal system.