2023 Housing Innovation Award Winner

Buffalo Geothermal has secured two prestigious awards in collaboration with Affordable Housing Concepts as part of the 2023 Housing Innovation Awards for the Zero Place project.

The first award, The Total Package Award, recognizes the outstanding achievement in ZERH, highlighting their comprehensive approach to sustainable building practices across various categories.

Additionally, they won the Blazing the Trail Winner award, underscoring their innovative utilization of cutting-edge technologies, materials, and advanced controls to enhance home performance and drive market transformation.

These awards not only acknowledge Buffalo Geothermal’s commitment to excellence but also highlight its pivotal role in pushing the boundaries of what is achievable in sustainable housing solutions.

NYCHA Moves Toward Electrification with help from Buffalo Geothermal

Buffalo Geothermal is committed to reducing fossil fuels’ impact on the climate. With the help of New York Legislators like Governor Hochul providing funding to larger projects, we can help NYS lead the way to a greater future for all through Geothermal.

New York City is taking significant strides towards sustainable energy, particularly within NYCHA residences. At Jackson Houses in Melrose, Adam’s European Contracting and Buffalo Geothermal are partnering to install a new geothermal energy system to provide hot water for all 868 apartments. This initiative aligns with NYCHA’s compliance with the Climate Mobilization Act, aiming to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 40% by 2030 and 80% by 2050, targeting buildings responsible for 70% of the city’s emissions.

To assist with these goals, the Mayor’s Office of Climate and Environmental Justice established NYC Accelerator, offering resources to private building owners. Mayor Eric Adams and Governor Hochul announced a $70 million project to install 30,000 heat pump units in NYCHA buildings. Geothermal technology, like that being implemented at Jackson Homes, utilizes heat from the ground for heating water and is competitive against rising oil prices.

Read more here: https://motthavenherald.com/2022/11/08/nyc-is-going-green-nycha-is-along-for-the-ride/

Governor Hochul Breaks Ground With Legislation (S.6604/A.6949)

New York State Governor Hochul has signed legislation that allows geothermal to facilitate drilling beyond 500 feet, making renewable energy more accessible to NYS residents while helping the state meet its climate goals.

Changing this regulation presents a pivotal opportunity to significantly enhance geothermal energy availability in urban areas, where space is limited. Deeper drilling allows access to hotter subsurface temperatures, which translates to more efficient heat extraction for geothermal systems.

“To expand the drilling depth for closed loop geothermal boreholes is an important step forward to enable geothermal systems. We would like to thank the Legislature, the governor, and especially the Department of Environmental Conservation for their efforts to enable geothermal technologies to thrive in New York State to replace fossil fuels for heating and hot water needs. New York has not only become the State of Opportunity, but it has also become leader in implementing renewable energy.” – Jens Ponikau (NY Geo President and Founder of Buffalo Geothermal)

Read more here: https://www.governor.ny.gov/news/governor-hochul-signs-legislation-minimize-barriers-accessing-geothermal-heating-and-cooling

11 Energy Saving Tips

Learn about our top 11 Energy Saving Tips:

  1. Replace your current heating system to Geothermal if older than 15 years 
  2. Seal air leaks and properly insulate to save up to 20% on heating and cooling bills.
  3. Install a programmable thermostat to save up to 10% on cooling and heating costs.
  4. Clean or change filters regularly. A dirty furnace or A/C filter will slow down air flow and make the system work harder to keep you warm or cool.
  5. Use your window shades. Close blinds on the sunny side in summer to keep out the hot sun, and open them in winter to bring in warm rays.
  6. Turn off all lights, appliances and electronics not in use. A power strip can help turn off multiple items at once.
  7. Change to new light bulbs. Reduce energy as much as 80% with today’s increasing number of energy-efficient halogen incandescent, CFLs and LEDs.
  8. Look for the Energy Star label, the government’s symbol of energy efficiency, on a wide range of consumer products to save up to 30% on related electricity bills.
  9. Use low-flow faucets and shower heads to save on water bills.
  10. Install a heat pump water heaters that can cut water heating costs by an average of 50% over standard electric water heaters.
  11. Reduce water heater temperature to 130° F to save energy and money on heating water.

More information about Energy Saving Ideas can be found at the U.S. Department of Energy: Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy Website

Geothermal Heat Pump information is also available.

Video of Geothermal Heat Pumps might help you out too!