Heat Smart Otsego will be running tours of residential installations of clean heating and cooling technologies including ground source heat pumps, air source heat pumps and modern wood burning systems. The tours, scheduled for late March, are intended to let homeowners see first hand what these systems look and sound like, as well as chat directly with homeowners who have installed these systems.

“If you’ve never seen one of these systems installed, now is your chance to see one in action,” said Bennett Sandler, Heat Smart Otsego's Campaign Director. "These systems are already gaining popularity because they save money, add comfort, and make your home safer to live in. In the next 5 to 10 years, these systems will replace most of the fuel oil, propane, and electric resistance heating systems in Otsego County.”

Two tours are planned: Saturday, March 30 in the southern part of the county, and Sunday March 31st in the northern part of the county. Tours will begin at 11:00 am and end by 3:00 pm. Each tour will visit three different homes, one with a ground source heat pump, one with an air source heat pump, and one with either a wood gasification or pellet stove. The tours are free but registration is required. Please contact Sandler by email at campaigndirector@occainfo.org or by phone (607) 435-1364 to sign up.

Funded by a grant from the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), Heat Smart Otsego promotes renewable heating and cooling technologies to building owners across Otsego County. To learn more about air source heat pumps, ground source heat pumps (geothermal), pellet stoves and modern wood boilers with thermal storage visit OCCA's Heat Smart Otsego web page at https://heatsmartotsego.org/. Heat Smart Otsego is a project of the Otsego County Conservation Association, a private, non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the appreciation and sustainable use of Otsego County's natural resources through education, research, resource management, advocacy, planning and practice. For more information, or to donate, visit www.occainfo.org.