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Brattleboro and Bellows Falls, VT Middle Schools

Save 45% in Fuel Costs with Renewable Heating and New Biomass Boiler Systems

The Green Street School is located in Brattleboro, VT. Image: greenstreetschoolvt.com

Jim Van Valkenburgh

A project to upgrade the heating system at Green Street School (GSS) in Brattleboro, VT has been a tremendous success in comfort, annual energy use […]

HeatSmart Campaigns in New York and Massachusetts

Georgena Terry, CESA Research Associate

Note: This is the third in a series on community-based strategies for increasing the adoption of residential renewable heating and cooling technologies. For more information on community-based strategies and renewable heating and cooling technologies, please see the September 2019 and November 2019 issues of G.E.T. and read the Clean Energy […]

Replacing your boiler? Consider pellets!

J.S. Fitzpatrick

I have a pellet boiler in my basement that heats my house. Not a pellet stove, but an electronic, touch screen, digital-brain modern boiler that is run by thermostats, just the same as a gas or oil-fired unit.

I’m planning on this boiler keeping me warm and cozy for two or three decades […]

Yellow Heat Keeps Fossil Fuels in the Ground

Yellow Heat’s oil burner does not use fossil fuels to heat your home or business. Image courtesy of Thomas Leue.

George Harvey

Tom Leue, a businessman living in Ashfield, Massachusetts, has invented what he calls “yellow heat.” It can allow conversion of oil-burning boilers to run on recycled vegetable oil, […]

Naturally Cool with Natural Cooling

QuietCool® whole-house system. Photos courtesy of Jeff Kapsalis.

George Harvey

I would think that just about everyone has had the experience of lying in bed, tossing, being unable to sleep because it is too hot. Air conditioning (AC) can help, but it uses a lot of energy. If you live […]

Raising the Bar for Geothermal: How to Get Ultra-High Efficiency

Red Clover Commons in Brattleboro, VT. Courtesy photo.

Matt Desmarais and Jeff Harrison

Housing Vermont, a nonprofit development company, wanted to create fifty-five new, permanently affordable rental-housing units. To keep their costs permanently low, they worked with Blake Group to design and build a next-generation geothermal heating and cooling system for their construction project […]

A Net-Zero Home in Hanover

The Kaiser Gish house in Hanover, NH is retrofitted to achieve net-zero status. It includes three all-climate air-source heat pumps and an 8kW rooftop solar array. Photos courtesy of Karl Kemnitzer.

Karl Kemnitzer

With the recent release of reports from three main climate organizations (UN IPCC, U.S. National Climate Assessment, and World […]

Heat with Wood — Past and Present

Great Kitchen, Rochlitz Castle. Photo: Norbert Kaiser, bit.ly/Wikimedia-Rochlitz-kitchen

George Harvey and N.R. Mallery

We hope no one minds if we ramble down memory lane. The history of heating can be instructive.

One of the holiday season’s many customs is to sing about a Yule log. The songs refer to a way […]

Designing For Wood Heat Training to be held

November 14 at Goddard College

Renewable Energy Vermont, Vermont’s Forest, Parks & Recreation, and Efficiency Vermont invite architects, builders, and facility managers to attend a special workshop training Designing for Wood Heat on Wednesday, November 14th from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Goddard College in Plainfield, Vermont.

Participants will learn about […]

Dry Wood Chip Boiler Heats 104-Unit Housing Complex

The new 1.84 million BTU/hr Viessmann Vitoflex 300-RF biomass boiler. Photos courtesy of Froling Energy.

By Jim Van Valkenburgh

Applegate Apartments in Bennington, Vermont is among the largest affordable housing developments in the state. Heat and hot water have always been provided in each unit as part of the rent, which is […]