IR - Bailey Cabin

Hartwick Hosts Conversation on Home Energy Use

March 27, 2012

On Thursday, April 5 at 7 p.m., Hartwick College will welcome Norm Farwell, Roberto Romano, and Bennett Sandler of Equity Energy, who will give a talk titled "Building Science 101: Learning From a Home Energy Audit."  The discussion, part of the Conversations at the Lake sustainability series, will be held in the Strawbale House at the Pine Lake Environmental Campus of Hartwick College. This event is free, and the public is invited to attend.

In Otsego County the average household spends nearly $4,000 a year on energy. Buildings are responsible for almost 50% of our national energy consumption. Good design and construction practices can reduce that energy use significantly and save money, while improving the health, comfort, and safety of our buildings. This talk will examine modern building science through the lens of an energy audit of Bailey Cabin, one of Pine Lake's student housing units. 

The discussion will cover understanding and measuring heat loss, along with possible steps to reduce it; producing and distributing heat more efficiently and comfortably; reducing electricity consumption; concerns about moisture; and evaluating potential improvements to make sure that they make economic sense.

Equity Energy ( is a cooperatively owned and managed business dedicated to energy efficiency, comfort, and safety in residential construction. Based in Fly Creek, New York, the firm has been in business for four years. As a BPI accredited contractor, the company takes a whole-house approach to home performance in order to identify problems and come up with solutions.  Equity Energy offers energy audits, infrared thermography, building design, construction, retrofit work, as well as renewable energy (solar hot water, geothermal heat, PV, and wood and pellet boilers). 

For more information on this event, contact Dan Morse, Coordinator of Sustainability Programs for Hartwick College's Pine Lake Institute for Environmental and Sustainability Studies, at 607-431-4666 or

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Hartwick College is a private liberal arts and sciences college of 1,500 students, located in Oneonta, NY, in the northern foothills of the Catskill Mountains. Hartwick's expansive curriculum emphasizes a uniquely experiential approach to the liberal arts. Through personalized teaching, collaborative research, a unique January Term, a wide range of internships, and vast study-abroad opportunities, Hartwick ensures that students are prepared for the world ahead. A Three-Year Bachelor's Degree Program and strong financial aid and scholarship offerings keep a Hartwick education affordable

Contact: Christopher Lott
Phone: 607-431-4030