Buffalo Physician, Dr. Greg Daniel, Builds Environmentally Friendly Home
Saturday, April 25, 2015
There is a new home modification trend bubbling in American towns under the radar. That modification is geothermal systems. In fact, it is estimated that only one percent of homes feature geothermal systems. Homeowners in the city of Buffalo in upstate New York account for a staggering 20 percent of geothermal houses in the nation. One of those homeowners is renowned physician and entrepreneur, Dr. Greg Daniel. A native of Trinidad, Dr. Daniel installed a geothermal system to create an atmosphere similar to his homeland. Not only that, Dr. Greg Daniel wished to decrease his carbon footprint while doing so.
Dr. Greg Daniel and his fellow geothermal homeowners are exploring the use of a renewable energy source. Dr. Daniel’s home is heated by four miles of water filled coils buried eight feet below the lawn that is warmed by the earth. Sensors in the wall control the temperature and keep it between 69 and 71 degrees and the water in the home is also heated by the geothermal system. The system, designed by friend and professor of otolaryngology at the University of Buffalo School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, Dr. Jens Ponikau, was designed to be “net zero” which means it supplies its own energy without the use of any fossil fuels. There are also panels on the roof of Dr. Daniel’s horse barn collecting solar energy from the sun to generate electricity and power the pump that sends the earth-warmed water surging through the pipes under the floor.
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