Materials & Technology

Homeowners learn about green technology from New York tour

Mon, 10/03/2011 - 09:55

Homeowners that are interested in learning about sustainable technologies ranging from solar panels to radiant heating were able to stop by one of 45 sites during a tour sponsored by the the Western New York Sustainable Energy Association, according to the Buffalo News.

The program arose from a call in the Buffalo area to make homes and buildings more sustainable and limit the energy consumption and electricity costs, reported the news source.

"We’re hoping that through this tour of solar homes that more people will raise public awareness, so that more people will realize that solar really does work in Buffalo," Joan Bozer, a former Erie County lawmaker, told the News. "If we are truly going to move to be an energy-independent region, then we have to do everything we can to be energy efficient and to utilize renewable energy - solar, geothermal, wind."

The Buffalo area has already seen an increase in investments in LED lighting, radiant heating systems and solar panels for houses, according to the news source.

A radiant heating system can provide comfortable warmth for residents in colder regions like Buffalo. This technology can also limit the amount of contaminants and allergens in a residence, as the system does not require the use of radiators, air ducts or heating vents.