Cutting the cost of staying warm
Heat in the Adirondack is a big energy user. Together we spend $200 million a year for heating fuel alone. This section gives you some alternative sources to save on hot water and home heat.
~ Geothermal Heat
Shallow geothermal works in the Adirondacks. Imagine its 20 below outside, it's about 55 underground. Bring that 55 degrees inside means all you need to do is warm the house from 55 up, a much smaller load than starting from less than zero.
Geothermal heat pump systems tap the constant temperature of the earth to provide efficient heating and cooling. Heat can be extracted from the earth in the winter, and brought indoors. In the summer the process can be reversed.
~ Solar Thermal
Solar thermal is likely to be the new standard in the Adirondacks. Basically it heats water with direct sunlight. You can use the hot water for bathing, and use it to preheat water for hot water heat systems. A new company, Northern Solar, now operates in the Adirondacks, and they can answer your questions about pricing and savings.
~ Wood Pellet Heat
I heat my home with 4 tons of pellets. I got a federal tax credit and hooked the system to an existing forced air duct system. Based on recent prices I will pay less than $1,000 to heat my house all winter, and I can do it with Adirondack-made pellets. I bought a furnace and placed it in the garage with the pellets. The venting is minimal, and the efficiency high, plus a slightly warm garage is nice too. Here is the furnace I bought.
Here's the local pellet company's site, if you want to buy local.
The Wild Center is heated with pellets. Here is their big FAQS, including information about their solar thermal system.