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Renewable Heating & Cooling Presentation: Saving Money & Earth: East Greenbush, NY

Renewable Heating & Cooling: Saving Money and the Earth

Wednesday, June 7th, 6:30 pm

First United Methodist Church

1 Gilligan Road

East Greenbush, NY

As our federal government takes us backwards on the environmental front, it is becoming clearer and clearer that we as individuals need to take the lead toward the renewable future. We can save money (in the long run) and possibly save our planet, if we all start converting from fossil fuels to renewable energy. We can influence our local towns and cities to come along with us and eventually the states and nation will have to join us. Market forces along with political pressure together can transform our country.

 Renewable electricity can be produced using solar panels and wind turbines with installation prices continuing to fall. Homes and businesses can install rooftop solar and now community solar options are available in this area. And we should all consider an electric car for our next car purchase.
But here in the Northeast, annual expenses related to burning fossil fuels for heat and hot water are usually more expensive than electricity.  Combustion in buildings also accounts for 32% of the greenhouse gas emissions in NYS – which is considerably greater than emissions from the state’s electric power plants.
Come learn how geothermal systems access renewable energy to heat and cool our buildings, reducing operating costs while eliminating on-site carbon emissions.  Stop NY Fracked Gas Pipeline is sponsoring a presentation on geothermal energy. The guest speaker, John Ciovacco, is a mechanical engineer and president of Aztech Geothermal in Ballston Spa, NY. Mr. Ciovacco will explain what geothermal energy is, and how it can be used to heat, and indeed, cool buildings. He will also talk about the economic and environmental impacts of switching from a fossil fuel system to an electrically driven renewable heating and cooling system. He will update us on NYSERDA’s (NY State Energy Research and Development Authority) newly formed Renewable Heating and Cooling Division and the $15 million grant program recently authorized by Governor Cuomo.

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