A 2-Step Process to Becoming Carbon Neutral
Installing solar panels is great. But if you are still burning fossil fuels in the basement to heat your home, then there is a limit to how far you can go in reducing your carbon footprint.
You need to address how you heat your home!
Our suggestion is to do the following:
Switch to electrically-powered heat pumps to heat (and cool!) your home.
Then, green your source of electricity by going solar or opting for wind power from the utility.
That way, your entire energy load--all of the energy used to heat, cool and power your appliances--will come from renewable sources.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Do heat pumps need a source of backup heat in the Finger Lakes?
The short answer is yes. Kozy routinely installs a backup heating strip with its heat pumps to insure that the units heat your space on the coldest days. That's why our clients (like Brad, who has a house on the lake that gets blasted with subzero winds during the winter) can say:
"I was amazed that an all-electric system could operate so efficiently... It kept our house at a constant temperature all year long."
The heating strip is integrated seamlessly into the heat pump so that you don't even know it's there.
Hybrid heating systems--which combine heat pumps with furnaces or boilers--get backup heat from the furnace or boiler.