Avon, N.Y. --- Imagine heating and cooling a 3,000 square-foot, 110-year-old, Victorian home in Western New York for less than $500 a year! That is what one Avon man is doing.
Bill LaBine is an engineer by trade with years of experience as an energy consultant.
“If somebody wants to build a house that uses virtually no energy to heat, I'm the one that works with them," LaBine explained. "Some people call it a ‘Net Zero Energy Home’ where you make as much energy as you use; that would be a wonderful, wonderful place to be.”
At present LaBine uses 3,000 watts worth of solar panels to light his home. Solar heat panels help heat 70 percent to 80 percent of his water. When he moved in LaBine’s home had a 150,000 BTU furnace. Now he’s heating his home with a 10,000 BTU model.
"This is Mitsubishi's smallest and most efficient Airsource Heat Pump," LaBine said while showing off a silent device on the wall in his kitchen. He’ll know if it’s working too, "Yeah, we've got thermometers all over the place."
LaBine also has sensors that monitor electricity throughout his home.