October 17, 2021

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Lansing becomes latest to consider HeatSmart technology

LANSING, N.Y. –– HeatSmart Tompkins is slowly signing on more and more municipalities across the county to its program in an effort to reduce natural gas usage and promote “clean heat” locally. Its most recent target for the eco-friendly heat technology is the Village of Lansing, which heard a presentation at a Town Board meeting last month. 

HeatSmart Tompkins is a subset of the non-profit “Solar Tompkins” that aims to promote sustainable energy usage in an affordable, equitable way. HeatSmart, much like solar power, touts a cleaner and more energy-efficient alternative to an essential home utility.

On Wednesday, June 16, the Lansing Town Board heard a presentation from Lisa Marshall, program director of HeatSmart Tompkins, on the environmental and financial benefits of using heat pumps to heat local homes, but has yet to make a decision on the matter.

The meeting was held via Zoom and streamed on YouTube, but Marshall gave her presentation in-person to Supervisor Ed LaVigne in the Lansing Town Hall, with other Town Board members listening and asking questions remotely.

Marshall described the heat pumps as technology that does not generate heat, but instead moves it around. Air source heat pumps take in heat from the air outside, while ground source heat pumps take in heat from the ground; the latter system is more expensive but lasts longer and is more efficient.

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