Rochester: Energy expert Jay Egg to give free presentation on renewable-ready systems for heating and cooling


Rochester, NY— What can we do to meet New York’s greenhouse gas reduction goals of 40% by 2030 when over a third of our emissions come from heating and cooling buildings? Nationally recognized home energy expert Jay Egg will give a free public talk on November 13 at 6:30 at The Factory in Rochester. Egg will explain the efficient electric technologies now available, such as geothermal and air source heat pumps, that allow homeowners to comfortably heat their homes without fossil fuels. The talk, entitled “Meeting Our Climate Goals: Renewable Heating & Cooling” will give insight regarding the options available to home and building owners.

“Heat pumps are the most comfortable, safe, and efficient way to heat and cool your home,” said Bill Nowak of NY-GEO.  “Home and building owners -especially those using expensive oil and propane- can benefit by learning more about heat pump technology and the incentives available for making the switch.”

The Rochester workshop will be hosted by The Factory, a warehouse in the Neighborhood of the Arts newly renovated into mixed use commercial and residential space.  The building is heated and cooled with a geothermal system, and workshop participants will have the opportunity to see the geothermal system in operation.

“We can warm our homes without warming the planet,” noted Andra Leimanis of Alliance for a Green Economy.  “This campaign is about educating people and advocating for policies to help make the switch from fossil fuels to renewable heat pumps. The scale of heat pump adoption needed to meet our climate goals is estimated at 126,000 buildings per year (approximately 10,500 per month).  In order to meet the big goal, people need to be aware of the options available.”

The workshops are part of a series of free public presentations across New York State as part of the Renewable Heat Now campaign. The workshop is sponsored by Alliance for a Green Economy, New Yorkers for Clean Power, NY-GEO, HeatSmart Tompkins, Sane Energy Project, FrackAction, Rochester People’s Climate Coalition, Mothers Out Front, Citizen Action of NY, Sierra Club Atlantic Chapter, Citizens Campaign for the Environment, and the New York Solar Energy Society.  Other workshops are happening in Buffalo on November 14 and Syracuse on November 15. These talks are being given in conjunction with a series continuing education credit daytime workshops for HVAC experts, architects and engineers.  Visit for more information.

WHO:             Renewable energy and geothermal expert Jay Egg, and speakers from Renewable Heat Now
WHAT:           “Meeting Our Climate Goals: Renewable Heating and Cooling” workshop
WHERE:         The Factory, 33 Russell Street, Rochester, NY 14607
WHEN:           Monday, November 13, 2017  6:30 – 8:30 PM

WHY:              For home and building owners to learn more about geothermal and air source heat pumps.  In New York, most people still use fossil fuels to heat our homes, contributing to 38% of the state’s greenhouse gas emissions. Conversion of 126,000 buildings per year from fossil fuels to efficient electric is needed in order to meet NY’s goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions 40% by 2030.

Jay Egg is a nationally recognized renewable energy speaker, expert consultant, instructor and author. Jay’s firm, Egg Geothermal is based in Florida. He started out as a design/build contractor in 1990 – so he’s grounded with very practical experience. He currently focuses his professional efforts as a national & international renewable energy expert. Jay is a training and curriculum writer/facilitator for the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and technical advisor to the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) on renewable heating and cooling.  He is the author of two McGraw-Hill Professional books; Geothermal HVAC, Green Heating and Cooling and Modern Geothermal HVAC Engineering and Control Applications, and a columnist for numerous trade magazines including National Geographic Energy, and Commercial Architecture.Renewable Heat Now is a campaign organized by Alliance for a Green Economy, New Yorkers for Clean Power, NY-GEO, HeatSmart Tompkins, Sane Energy Project, and FrackAction. It advocates for accelerating the adoption of ground-source (geothermal) and air-source heat pumps in New York to reduce the amount of fossil fuels used to heat and cool our homes and workplaces. It educates the public about heat pumps. It also advocates for New York State policies that will enable all New Yorkers to afford to make the switch to these renewable-ready heating and cooling technologies.