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The first annual Heat Smart Otsego Campaign kicks off on October 17 with an event at Foothills Performing Arts Center in Oneonta. The event, organized by Otsego County Conservation Association, will run from 6:30-8:30pm and is free.

The event will feature speakers Jay Egg and Bennett Sandler. The founder of EggGeothermal, Egg will discuss the basics of geothermal, and examine how far geothermal can go towards a renewable energy future.

Sandler, Campaign Director for Heat Smart Otsego, will present detailed information on all aspects of the Heat Smart Otsego campaign, providing an introduction to the technologies as well as information on pricing and incentives available to those that install these technologies.

Funded by a grant from the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), Heat Smart Otsego will introduce renewable heating and cooling technologies to building owners across Otsego County.  These technologies include air source heat pumps, ground source heat pumps (geothermal), pellet stoves and modern wood boilers with thermal storage. Attendees will have the opportunity to sign up for free home visits from any of the selected installer partners as well as a free energy audit as a first step toward evaluating the most cost-effective, energy saving option for their home or business.

The Heat Smart Otsego Kickoff Event is free. For more information, contact Campaign Director Bennett Sandler at (607) 435-1364 or campaigndirector@occainfo.org.

Heat Smart Otsego is funded through the middle of 2021 by the Clean Heating and Cooling Community Campaign initiative, which is administered by NYSERDA.  The initiative supports Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s ambitious clean energy goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 40 percent by 2030 and 80 percent by 2050.

Founded in 1968, Otsego County Conservation Association is a private, non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the appreciation and sustainable use of Otsego County’s natural resources through education, research, resource management, advocacy, planning and practice. For more information, or to donate, visit www.occainfo.org.