ReVision Heat and Garbage to Garden Generate Sustainable Local Partnership

Portland, ME- ReVision Heat and Garbage to Garden are teaming up in an effort to encourage citizens of Southern Maine to reduce their environmental impact. Every household that installs a pellet boiler or whole house ductless heat pump system from ReVision Heat will receive three months of free curbside composting service from Garbage to Garden.

The partnership emphasizes a movement toward local, environmentally-friendly alternatives that stimulate in-state economic growth and responsible resource management. ReVision Heat’s pellet boilers produce nutrient rich ash that when composted by Garbage to Garden contributes to enriched soils to continue the natural cycle.

“This is an exciting opportunity to help even more members of our community divert this waste to a more positive end,” said Garbage to Garden President and Founder Tyler Frank. “There’s a lot of household waste that people don’t know is compostable. Educating people to maximize waste diversion is imperative to a greener Maine.”

The high cost of oil results in a loss of environmental and monetary resources within the state. Oil defers 85 cents on the dollar to out of state agencies, according to a special report by ABC affiliate WMTW. Converting to an efficient wood pellet boiler heating system offsets 90% of the carbon emissions released by oil combustion, all while saving families money and contributing to Maine’s sustainable forest industry.

Through its curbside collection program, Garbage to Garden can help save money for both households and municipalities by treating food waste as a natural resource. In the past year, Garbage to Garden estimates it has saved the city of Portland upwards of $100,000.

About ReVision: ReVision Heat is Maine’s only “No Oil” heating contractor. Their mission is to help Mainers reduce or eliminate oil consumption in their homes and businesses through professional design, installation and service of alternative heating systems. Their solutions include central heating pellet boilers, which lower heating costs by 50% and reduce carbon emissions by 90%, and efficient electric ductless heat pumps, which are equivalent to heating with oil at $1.60 per gallon and cooling with at least 30% less electricity than window air conditioners. Visit ReVisionHeat.com for more information and a free consultation.

About Garbage to Garden: Garbage to Garden provides curbside composting for residents and businesses in Portland, ME and surrounding communities and is revolutionizing waste management. Since its founding in August 2012 by Tyler Frank, the organization has hauled over 1,500 tons of organic waste that would otherwise have been incinerated or landfilled. For more information, visit our website at GarbageToGarden.org.

 

3 Months of Garbage to Garden On Us

Monkey loves Garbage to GardenLast year, we did a shout out for Garbage to Garden introducing you to this awesome company, who is reducing the waste in our landfills and creating amazing compost. We love what they are doing so much, we’re going to let you try them on us.

If you are a client who installed a whole house heating system, AND live in Cumberland, Falmouth, Portland, South Portland, Westbrook, or Yarmouth, give us a call at 207.221.5677 x2 to get started with Garbage to Garden. If you are in the process of purchasing a whole house heating system, let your energy advisor know you are interested in a Garbage to Garden subscription. Either way, we’ll hook you up.

Here is what you can look forward to:

  • Ability to recycle your food scraps on garbage day
  • Compost all food waste, including meat, dairy, and bones
  • Compost your wood ash, perfect for Kedel owners
  • Receive a clean bucket each week
  • Request deliveries of matured compost at no extra charge

Note: this offer is for new Garbage to Garden customers only.

South Portland Home Owners Choose Kedel Pellet Boiler Over Natural Gas

Paul & Sandi share their experience geting off oil with a Kedel pellet boilerPaul & Sandy Happy Kedel ClientsLiving in an area where natural gas is available, Paul and Sandi Watkins knew they could reduce their heating costs by 50% with a high efficiency gas boiler. However, they weren’t 100% sold on switching to another fossil fuel heating system. When their neighbors installed a fully-automated, central heating, Kedel pellet boiler last year, their curiosity was peaked.

Paul was intrigued by the local factor and really loved the idea of having a Maine company install a boiler that was powered by local and renewable wood pellets. It made a lot of sense, but they had many questions regarding this new technology before they could commit. To get the inside scoop, they attended a Heat Local Home Tour at Megan & Joe Bauman’s. After exploring their options thoroughly, and many QA sessions with their energy advisor, they learned Kedel is a viable alternative to oil and natural gas central heating systems. Now they look forward to saving over $1,600 a year on heating costs, significantly reducing their carbon footprint, and watching Maine’s local economy thrive as pellet boiler technology takes off.

Watkins 3 ton wood pellet hopperPaul & Sandi’s 3 ton pellet hopper only needs to be filled twice a year to provide them with ample fuel for the heating season. The going rate for wood pellets in South Portland is $249 per ton delivered and each dollar stays in New England unlike oil which sends $.78 per dollar out of our region and most out of the country*.

*Source Future Metrics, Biomass Presentation 2012 based on US EIA data

Watkins AirGenerate Airtap Heat Pump Water Heater“I love taking baths. I stopped because our bath water was never hot enough with our old oil boiler. We called someone to repair our boiler several times but nothing ever happened for four years. The guy from ReVision Heat, who installed the Kedel, figured it out in one day. “ ~Sandi Watkins, who is once again loving her hot baths thanks to her new AirGenerate AirTap heat pump water heater.

Portland Family Saves Over $1,500 Annually with a Pellet Boiler & Heat Pump Water Heater

Stu & Sarah Brydon gladly kicked their grungy inefficient oil boiler out of the basement. In its place, they installed a 16KW Kedel pellet boiler coupled with an AirGenerate AirTap heat pump water heater for domestic hot water. By making the switch, they were able to displace over 800 gallons of oil and 16,056 lbs of CO2.

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Stu can’t help smiling over the fact that by using a sustainable and local heat source, he can do something good for the planet while also saving over $1,500 a year in heating costs and reducing his electrical bills.

Brydon AirTap AirGenerate Heat Pump Water HeaterOriginally, Stu & Sarah expected to pay $15-20 per month for hot water with their new heat pump water heater. However, after switching, they found their electrical bill actually decreased when they removed their electric guzzling oil boiler with power venter.

Unlike oil, which sends $.78 on the dollar out of New England, Maine made wood pellets keep our dollars in state and boost our local economy. The Brydon’s are pumped to know that while they keep their home warm, they are also creating jobs in Maine.

Brydon inefficient oil boiler is replaced with a high-efficiency pellet boiler

Air Source Heat Pumps for Year-Round Comfort

ductless heat pumps vs window air conditioningThe vast majority of my time at ReVision Heat is spent figuring out how to most effectively reduce a home’s heating costs and energy use while putting people on a path toward a more sustainable energy future.  For me, the fun projects are those that are switching to air source heat pumps to provide efficient electric heat without directly using fossil fuels.  In fact, when you weigh the cost of heating with today’s air source heat pumps vs. other heating systems and fuel sources, geothermal and wood stoves are the only less expensive options – and marginally so by a couple hundred dollars per year for the average home.  When you couple it with solar PV or choose renewables for your electricity supply, you can get yourself off fossil fuels entirely.

I’m sure we have all breathed a sigh of relief that this past heating season and the Polar Vortex is behind us.  The experience was a reminder that climate change is having an impact on the temperature extremes we experience – and that equally applies to our summers in Maine as well.  If you remember a few years back, we had a pretty strong heat wave where it reached 110°F in Portland.  Who knows what this summer or future summers will bring.

For our customers that are now using heat pumps for heating, they have the fortunate benefit of using their systems for cooling as well.  The flow of refrigerant can be reversed, providing cool, filtered air indoors.  At the same time, it uses less electricity than a typical new window AC unit.

Take a look at one of the common heat pump systems we install vs. a new window AC unit that just so happens to have an electric heating element so you never have to take that thing out of the window…great idea, right?  Nope.

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Certainly a mini-split heat pump costs more to install compared to a new window AC unit, but the benefits will be experienced year-round.  It will ultimately reduce energy consumption for heating and cooling, and for those who are on oil, propane or resistive electric, the benefit of fuel switching can be felt immediately. It is whisper quiet and easy to retrofit almost any home with minimal intrusion.

Jamie Isaacson of Portland installed a dual-zone heat pump last summer, and he put it this way: “The system is awesome.  It keeps the house nice and cool. It was awesome to be able to retrofit it without tearing the house apart.  Easy install, totally quiet and a delight. The really exciting part is setting it up for photovoltaics someday.”

I think the recurring word is “awesome”, and I can agree with Jamie that air source heat pumps are just that – an awesome way to get yourself off fossil fuels, reduce energy consumption and your heating and cooling costs.

Want to See Air Source Heat Pumps in Action? Join us in Falmouth at Tyler Kidder’s home on Wednesday, July 16th from 6pm to 7:30pm.  See our event calendar for more information.

 


chris-kessler-reheat-sales-cropChris Kessler is a Technical Salesperson and BPI Energy Auditor for ReVision Heat. He specializes in Building Science and enjoys helping people figure out holistic solutions to reduce their fossil fuel consumption and heating costs.  When he’s not working, he enjoys drinking good beer, eating good food and spending time with his family and taking long walks with his wife, daughters and dog along the Greenbelt Walkway in South Portland.