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Everything you want to know about Geothermal Heating

Those who have been considering making a change to cleaner, more sustainable heating options for their homes or commercial spaces have probably tossed around the idea of geothermal heating. However, some of us are still in the dark about how these systems work and what the benefits and expenses will be. If you’re considering pursuing this idea, or just want to learn more about how geothermal heating works, the next installment of the WNY Sustainable Energy Association’s Reitan speaker series is a great place to start.
This evening, Wednesday, April 18, the organization will host Jens Ponikau, Geo designer for Buffalo Geothermal Heating (BGH). BGH is a geothermal design and installment firm that installs between 50-60 geosystems per year in the Buffalo and Western New York region. As a native of Germany, Ponikau already had plenty of experience in the field before he came to Western New York. He is an International Ground Source Heat Pump Association accredited geothermal installer with a degree from the University of Hamburg, Germany. After installing 120 geosystems abroad, he came here and helped found Buffalo Geothermal Heating in 2008. Since that time, he has taught seminars on geothermal technologies and has made public appearances on the radio, in schools, and at the home show to share his knowledge on geothermal energy. 
Ponikau’s lecture, “Everything you wanted to know about geothermal heating, but were afraid to ask,” will take place at 7 p.m. at Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center (which happens to have an active geothermal system implemented), located at 341 Delaware Avenue. The lecture will be free and open to the public. For more information, call 716-854-1694 or visit the WNYSEA website

Written by Sarah Maurer

Sarah Maurer

I moved to Buffalo to attend Canisius College in 2007 and began writing for Buffalo Rising as a journalism intern in 2010. Working with Newell and meeting numerous entrepreneurs, activists and everyday folks who were working to make their city better made a huge impact on my decision to stay here. After witnessing all the positive development and grassroots initiatives happening in neighborhoods throughout the city, I was inspired to pursue a term of service in AmeriCorps and a career in Buffalo’s non-profit sector. I currently work in the housing department at the Lt. Col. Matt Urban Human Services Center of WNY and am excited to be a part of their ongoing efforts to revitalize the Broadway Fillmore neighborhood. I also volunteer as the project coordinator for Artfarms Buffalo. I continue to write for Buffalo Rising because I love having the opportunity to stay connected to those working toward positive changes for the Queen City.

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  • jayegg.geo

    This is a good article for Geothermal HVAC. Check out more on it in the McGraw-Hill Book, Geothermal HVAC, Green Heating and Cooling! (Just Google “Geothermal Book”)
    Way to go Geo!

  • Buffalo_Resurrection

    This is for those willing to make a long-term investment in their home as opposed to buying a house as an investment.
    #10 Winter Street, which was all volunteer labor, cost $12,000.00 for equipment and parts.
    I do not know the pay back time but I am estimating it may be as little as five-ten years.
    keep in mind this is radiant floor heat.

  • LouisTully

    The former Decorator’s Showhouse on Lincoln Pkwy. had geothermal installed a year or two ago. All I know is they were working on that for a long, long time.

  • paulsobo

    Wasnt downtown on a distributed utility system?
    Imagine if we could use the advantage of density downtown to offer utilities cheaper than Niagara Mohawk.

  • EyeC

    Very nice if you plan on staying in your home for a long time. Not a good idea if you plan on selling your home.