Clean Heating and Cooling 

 Who We Are 

HeatSmart Orange is a grassroots clean heating and cooling program where Orange County residents can  learn about improved technologies for your home or small business.

 

Through the campaign you can discover your eligibility for incentives to weatherize or take advantage of an opportunity to save on geothermal or air source heat pumps. They are cleaner, smarter and healthier options for your home or small business. 

HeatSmart Orange offers:

  • educational events and house tours

  • free home energy audits and campaign discounts

  • rebate paperwork assistance

  • phone and email support

For event updates follow us on Facebook or sign up for our emails! 

"With HeatSmart Orange the path to a more energy-efficient home is straightforward, headache-free, and affordable."
-Steve Neuhaus, County Executive

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 A Dedicated Team & Amazing Volunteers 

HeatSmart Orange is a NYSERDA funded community outreach program that connects you to local heating and cooling and energy efficiency experts who offer the latest clean energy technologies.

Our community campaigns are volunteer-led outreach campaigns, supported by local sustainability groups and municipalities.  

The HeatSmart team is here to help guide you through the HeatSmart process and give you the information you need to make the best choices for your home or business. 

If you’re considering a new heating or cooling system, or want to learn how to make your home or business more energy efficient, sign up for HeatSmart to get started!

Carolyn Cassata

Orange County Campaign Director

 

 Meet the Volunteers 

Lynn Thompson

HeatSmart Community Liaison, Village of Walden

Simon Gruber

HeatSmart Chairperson, Town of Cornwall Lead

John Gebhards

HeatSmart Steering Committee, Town of Newburgh Lead

Patricia Henighan

HeatSmart Community Liaison, Town of Montgomery Lead

Jay Beaumont

HeatSmart Steering Committee, Village of Walden Lead

Marcy Cleveland

HeatSmart Community Liaison, Pine Bush Lead

Volunteer Opportunities 

(Be sure to select "volunteering" in the interests section.)


There are generous rebates available right now to help building owners in New York upgrade to more energy efficient geothermal and air source heat pumps. Additional money is available for weatherization upgrades like air sealing and insulation. HeatSmart Orange is in your community to build awareness for cleaner technology and these incentives.

HeatSmart is endorsed by Orange County! To leverage this opportunity, we’re looking for volunteers like you to join our Clean Heating and Cooling Team, which will show local homeowners and businesses a path to transition away from high-cost fuels (such as propane and heating oil) resulting in lower community carbon emissions and reduced energy costs.

Volunteer roles are flexible, starting with simply getting the word out in your community about this program. We keep the time commitment low and no technical background is required. We will offer training sessions where you'll learn about the technologies, incentive programs and our campaign. You can participate according to your interests and attributes.

This is your opportunity to get more involved, network with like-minded volunteers, learn more about energy efficient technologies, and make a positive contribution to our environment!

Email Kate or sign-up to learn how you can get involved!

KSchmidt@orangecountygov.com

 

HeatSmart Questions

What is HeatSmart?


HeatSmart is a nonprofit, community-based education and outreach program for clean heating and cooling technologies. HeatSmart seeks to offer residents and businesses the opportunity to reduce their energy costs and carbon emissions by adopting energy efficient heat pump systems. Through a local HeatSmart campaign, residents will have the opportunity to learn more about these energy-saving technologies—and speak to a participating installer about the best fit for their home. Throughout the duration of this program, HeatSmart will offer educational “meet the installer” workshops and open houses to give you the chance to learn more about the technologies being promoted, and which offerings might be best suited for you.




How does HeatSmart work?


HeatSmart aims to help residents save on their energy bills and take advantage of a range of state, federal and utility incentives for clean heating and cooling technologies. HeatSmart offers educational content and the opportunity to learn more about and connect with installers of clean heating and cooling technologies. HeatSmart offers a straightforward, hassle-free approach to energy efficiency and heat pump improvements. The process for working with HeatSmart is simple:
Sign up  for more information and the HeatSmart installer of your choice will reach out to you to schedule your appointment to see if a heat pump may be a good fit for your home.
The installer will assess your home and, if feasible, provide you with a quote. If you elect to move forward with your quote, your HeatSmart installer will assist in securing the applicable financing and rebates.




What is clean heating and cooling?


Clean heating and cooling (CH&C) refers to improved high-efficiency heating and cooling technologies that can use thermal energy (or be powered by energy) derived from renewable sources--including the sun, air, earth, and sustainably-harvested bioenergy. Because of their importance to meeting our state climate goals, state and local governments and utilities across the state are offering thousands of dollars in incentives to support their adoption. HeatSmart is promoting three CH&C technologies: air source heat pumps, geothermal heat pumps and energy efficiency improvements.




Who is organizing HeatSmart Orange?


HeatSmart Orange is the latest community-driven, county-supported, clean energy initiative. HeatSmart Orange is directed by community leaders who are volunteering their time to support this effort. HeatSmart Orange is a program offered through the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA). If you’re considering a new heating or cooling system or you're interested in finding out how to save energy in your home, this campaign is for you!




Why should I participate now?


There’s never a better time to save money on energy (and reduce your carbon footprint!). Sign up for HeatSmart Orange today to take advantage of the limited-time campaign discount and incentives for CH&C  technologies offered by the utilities and state and federal government.





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