HeatSmart Westchester

Sustainable Westchester is adding home heating and cooling to its portfolio of energy+dollar saving programs for residents of its member municipalities.

Geothermal heating just got easier in Westchester

Sustainable Westchester, in partnership with Dandelion, is launching the first geothermal program available to Sustainable Westchester’s 43 member municipalities. Geothermal heating/cooling systems utilize the constant temperatures of the earth to achieve higher efficiencies than traditional heating and air conditioning systems.

Sustainable Westchester’s partnership with Dandelion will make use of the new Dandelion Air, a system over four times more efficient than any furnace on the market and twice as efficient as any air conditioning system currently available.

“Geothermal heating and cooling is the latest in our portfolio offerings designed to make greater strides in achieving a 100% renewable energy environment in Westchester,” said Bob Elliott, Executive Director of Sustainable Westchester.

This program is available immediately to all qualifying residents countywide. It is anticipated that a typical homeowner in the Hudson Valley who switches from heating oil to the Dandelion Air system will begin to save 20% annually right away, at no upfront cost. To see if a homeowner is eligible and how much they would save by converting from traditional oil, gas or propane, go to http://www.sustainablewestchester.org/geothermal

Sustainable Westchester adds this latest offer in renewable energy options to already established programs including Westchester Power, the first community choice aggregation (CCA) in NYS; Solarize campaigns that enable homeowners and commercial property owners to install solar panels; the Clean Transportation Program, which provides aggregation discounts for zero-emission electric vehicles; and the most recently launched Community Solar program to allow residents and small businesses to take advantage of solar energy even if they dwell in shaded homes, are renters or live in apartments or buildings not permitting solar array installations. Dandelion, a startup that spun out of Google X’s research & development lab last year, makes state-of-the-art home geothermal heating and cooling technology accessible for homeowners.

For more general information about geothermal heating and cooling, go to https://www.nrel.gov/workingwithus/re-geo-heat-pumps.html.