Designer & Installer of the best heating and cooling system available, costing the least of any to operate.
Closed Loop Ground Source Heating and Cooling Energy, from the soil and rock beneath the property you own.
Serving Litchfield County
Connecticut and Beyond
written by Peter
Page Links above.
The 30% Federal tax credit is back in
We remained active for over a year without the tax credit, and we are gearing up for a great 2018!
With local incentives and now Federal credit, it is a great time to convert to geothermal.
I trained 17 geothermal installers in New Hampshire - February 15, 16 & 17. And 2 more classes in Canada. The classes were a great success.
Contact me for details or to schedule training for you or your group.
I am pleased to have been elected 2018 President of the New England Geothermal Professionals Association.
Our annual dinner meeting in November (see picture below) featured IGSHPA president Garen Ewbank by Go to Meeting.
We are developing a new website soon for www.NEGPA.org
We were pleased to receive design approval and partial payment for a $50,000 rebate to our client by
NYSERDA (the New York State Energy Research Development Agency) for the library project we designed.
We will be installing 15 boreholes this Spring.
October 2017 fun and informative video installing a horizontal loop:
By the client:
(Litchfield Geothermal, not Connecticut Geothermal for credits, but a cool video>)
By aerial alone:
Summer, 2017: We were hired to study Geothermal Heating and Cooling for New York City and Westchester. Thanks to all who contributed to that Assessment Report.
Through the Connecticut Licensed Professional Engineering Office of Peter J. Tavino Jr. PE PC, founded in 1986.
Contact: Pete@LitchfieldGeothermal.com or PeterTavino@gmail.com With many satisfied home and building owners enjoying our systems. In year ten of geothermal consulting, contractor installation and training other installers how to do it right.
Please click on the Welcome page (above) first.
Litchfield Geothermal is Installer of Record for this Horizontal Loop installed in 2017.
-15 F in mid February 2016, and very cold in February 2017, and February 2018, and not one call from our dozens and dozens of customers who are pleased with their Litchfield Geo Ground Loops from the past 9-10 years.
They enjoy nasal passage health, with winter indoor humidity that is higher than for dry fossil fuels heat.
Oil heat dries the air at 170F coil temperatures vs. only 120F for Geo, entering rooms around 90F with more air movement.
Dry air entering for an oil furnace can be sealed. And less moisture in summer with modern air handling equipment.
Air conditioning is so much more efficient pushing heat into 50, 60 or 70 degree soil or rock instead of 85 degree air!
Here is a grouted ground loop.
And a loop being installed down another borehole.
Borehole drilling in the woods, not lawn to minimize temporary grass disturbance.
I am pleased that one recent installation client was happy per her email:
Peter, it was such a pleasure to work with such a pro as yourself.
You went beyond what was expected and exceeded our expectations in every way.Thanks again for all your efforts.
We are beyond excited and looking forward to living in a house that is warmed and cooled from the core of the earth.Doing our part to reduce our footprint and give back to this beautiful planet. Thanks again for helping us make a difference.
You can be sure we will recommend you.
And sponsors of my recent geothermal seminar were happy too:
Drilling location for Jill in February, 2016 Ground Loop installation.
Loops completed in March.
December 2015 Saturday afternoon, after raking and seeding over new borehole and trench around garden to new 5 ton heat pump.
That loop outside continues inside to this heat pump - installed by our affiliate contractor- running great.
Late 2015 installation showing the inside of a another geothermal heat pump.
Loop pipes through the stone wall to attach to the split heat pump on left. Air handler being moved to the attic is on the right.
Another 2015 installation a few miles a way.
A three ton "package" heat pump with air handler connected to basement ductwork.
Thanksgiving Eve 2015 Geo loop installed:
2015 Ground Heat Exchanger Installation for the heat pump shown above.
Topsoil is stockpiled to reuse on lawn
Ground water is controlled to preserve the lawn too. Litchfield Geothermal works with the customer in mind!
New circulator pump, 4 ton hydronic heat pump, air handler and water storage tank system.
Tested for efficiency and up and running in 2015.
Vertical boreholes being installed in 2015.
White Memorial Foundation loop being installed in 2015.
Litchfield Geothermal is pleased to have been selected to install this ground loop for the White Memorial Foundation,
in 2015. Loop above, purchased by Litchfield Geothermal has been installed in the field
New 5 minute video we recommend to current clients:
Sample nice geothermemails to Litchfield Geothermal:
Thanks for this clarification and for your speedy response earlier today. Our third-party review team is satisfied with your response. I believe we have all necessary information to proceed with the award. I will double check on Monday.
Have a great weekend,
Ben (Massachusetts Clean Energy Center)
Here was the unusual design sent to Massachusetts as approved:
See pictures of the horizontal bore installation in Massachusetts on the Welcome page
February 2015: a typical vertical loop installation:
And inspecting the grout operation in mid March:
Many horizontal loop designs
occurring now. Pictures as they are installed.
Design in Litchfield, CT Tolland, MA, Marlboro, NY, Ohio, etc. Helped with loop in Canada.
Litchfield Geothermal digs pit to control drill cuttings on existing house front lawn.
Look for new signs being placed by Litchfield Geothermal and other installers statewide.
|More geothermal retrofit installations|
This six ton heat pump is one reason why 3 recent customer clients referred us to their friends.
At a social gathering, the happy owner expressed how pleased she was with her low electric bills after our installation.
| Geothermal pipe loop placed into drilled borehole.
Can happen at your home too, instead of burning heating oil.
| Heat Pump
and flow center connected to that loop.
Homeowners now enjoying ground heat.
I was honored to be asked to be one of the Opening National Trainers
at the Annual IGSHPA Conference in Baltimore October 13, 2014.
I taught contractors about heat loss and gain in a house as an ACCA EPIC instructor,
and about proper geothermal heat pump sizing.
Later, with other Connecticut Geothermal Contractors, I wear white slacks below.
Peter J. Tavino Jr. PEPC / Litchfield Geothermal is now an approved Energize Connecticut contractor Smart-E Contractor and CHIF Contractor offering geothermal financing interest free to $15,000, or up to $40,000.
This 15 year old heat pump originally served by an open loop system in Connecticut.
Closed loop was installed and a new heat pump was installed.
Here is the Bosch Software image of pond coils designed, pending a Wetlands permit.
Our kind of geothermal was in the newspaper twice this week: Hartford Courant article mentions Pete
Thanks John McKenna for this lively newspaper article on Morris, CT in the Waterbury Republican American! Clients who read this have hired me.
Summer, 2014 same U-bend loop being placed in one of three boreholes.
Avon, CT installing a ground loop borehole, with the homeowner client.
I offered IGSHPA Accredited Installer Training: August 11, 12 and 13 in Sturbridge, Mass.
Contact me for future enrollment details.
The typical detail for use by all, copyright free.
We won a major state engineering award for our Habitat for Humanity Geothermal Project. Nine of us at the awards dinner.
Habitat for Humanity Executive Director Dawn Whalen and Pete with the award plaque. Thanks to all who are contributing.
Ground breaking February 12, 2014 with the Connecticut Geothermal Association volunteering on the Habitat for Humanity retrofit project.
Feb. 12, 2014 email received:
I just wanted to say thanks for teaching the geothermal training class in Auburn the past few days.
I find geothermal very interesting and your enthusiasm during class made learning that much easier.
I hope all goes well with your Habitat
project today. Your involvement, I believe, is a great example of how business
should be done.
Thanks again! I look forward to the possibility of our paths crossing again in the future!
Schoonover Plumbing & Heating, NY
See TV and public radio coverage on the Welcome Page.
HABITAT FOR HUMANITY SLIDE SHOW PRESENTED IN OCT 2014 AT IGSHPA CONFERENCE
This project involves a new house later built here, with full site and geothermal design. Client has geothermal we installed a few years ago, and is downsizing to another house, again with geothermal designed by Litchfield Geothermal.
Thanks to all who joined me Nov 4 when I presented a two hour slide show to the Connecticut Society of Professional Engineers.
And congratulations to new installers trained by me in Baltimore December 3, 4 & 5, 2013 and Auburn, NY. Feb. 9-11, 2014, for full IGSHPA workshops.
I was pleased to again be asked by HeatSpring and Phoenix Energy Supply to run them.
We documented what was going on in this 1500' deep standing column well near the Hudson River.
18 boreholes, fully designed and inspected by Litchfield Geothermal in Middletown, CT.
Congratulations Scott for a great install of this 3 ton heat pump with hot water. I am pleased we tested it at over 4.0 COP efficiency. Pete
PS Notice flow center for the two ton system through doorway.
Geothermal conferences are important. Peter is eighth from right. February 2013.
Peter was asked to return and hold an IGSHPA Training session in September, 2013. The 19 new installers shown below enjoyed it.
And another successful workshop was conducted February 9, 10 and 11, 2014.
Peter, You did a great job and I appreciate all that you do! We are planning some training in February, tentatively 2/9-11 for IGSHPA Cert. starting at noon on Sunday the 9th, ending at 5 on Tuesday the 11th, Wednesday will be a “Beyond IGSHPA Day that I will put together, Thursday & Friday will be a wide open session with a mixture of short (35-45 minute presentations by our customers) and some other nuggets sprinkled in. We are still formulating the plan, but if you are available, I’d like you to do the IGSHPA thing again… Cheers, John
Nov 24, 2013 (from a homeowner): Pete, It's In!
I gave it the "parallel test" Wednesday and Thursday where I hooked it up to the water and electric but not the ductwork to just let it heat my furnace room and basement, I was getting 107 degrees at the air supply opening. Then last night I ran the oil furnace to get the house to 75 this morning in anticipation of the switchover. I started at 8 and had the old furnace out by 10. Got the heat pump in position in an hour and spent the afternoon making from scratch a flexible isolation collar and then making my sheet metal transition to it. I don't have the return air box and transition built yet, so for now it's using the furnace room as a plenum :) I'm getting good flow from my return air vents on the ground floor anyway (I have the upstairs ducts closed for now). I'm getting 89 degrees at my supply registers. I love my infra-red laser-sighted thermometer gun! You have to do the other part of your house with one of these geo... units! They are pretty sweet! All stainless steel body and very compact. And cheap!
Hey Pete, just figured I’d shoot you a message and let you know I powered on the
system yesterday. It works! It was amazing to see it pumping out heat from the
ground. The incoming water was 62.5 degrees and the outgoing was 57. The air out
of the heat pump was 112 degrees and I was reading around 97 at the grill. The
house was 72. Now I just need to pick up a water tank and hook up the hot water
generator. Thanks for all your help! It seems everyone I tell about this is
interested in learning more information. The guy who did the duct work (John Goncalves) wanted your contact info, so I sent him your email address. He runs
an HVAC company, Litchfield County Mechanical. Once I finish up the HWG I’ll
show it off to you! Thanks,
Thanks for the invitation. I will have to pass up on it this time because of work commitments, but it is something I would like to see.
Your website was great like that because it showed more of the nuts and bolts about the geothermal process.
Pete and David,
Feel free to call or e-mail me anytime if you have questions or would like to schedule an appointment.
Good luck with the Geo. We have it in our home and absolutely love it.
Ron Samuelson Home Energy Consultants, Inc.
Hiring you was clearly a good decision.
Horizontal Loop being installed in 2008.
Peter heat fuses a manifold.
Peter cores through foundation wall.
Tremie pipe pumps grout in borehole.
Albany candidates take the NATE test.
Bentonite grout and U-bend in casing.
2" single loop in 7' deep horizontal trench. Typical package Heat Pump.
Our new copyrighted 20 minute funny video explaining geothermal !
Starting in September, 2013, Simply Geothermal is being made available to the public for free on youtube.
Current and Recent MEMBERSHIPS AND ASSOCIATIONS
International Ground Source Heat Pump Association- 2012 Plaque Awarded Trainer
VERTICAL LOOP INSTALLER
TRAINER of Installers, CGD
AI ID # 18885-0209
Heating & Cooling Professional
New England Geothermal
Certified GeoExchange Designer
Connecticut Geothermal Association (Standards Chairman)
Association of Energy Engineers
US Green Buildings Council LEED AP
Trained, Former - Building Performance Institute BPI - Building Analyst 1
Past member ACCA - Air Conditioning Contractors of America
2014-2019 - ACCA EPIC Manual J8, Manual D and Manual S Certified Instructor
6 year member ending 2013 - Board of Trustees, Litchfield Historical Society
Former member, Board of Directors, Columbia University Engineering Alumni Association
Past Associate Member ASHRAE, American Society of Heating Refrigerating & A. C. Engineers
AMERICAN and CONNECTICUT SOCIETY
OF CIVIL ENGINEERS
Member and former
NATIONAL and CONNECTICUT CT LIcensed Septic Installer
PROFESSIONAL ENGINEERS OSHA Trained Rigger
Here's how we answered the April, 2013 Connecticut Geothermal Association company questionnaire
Approved contractor on Energize Connecticut with Eversource
After the first years successfully doing GeoExchange Design, certification has been extended until 2017, (and then beyond).
Please see the site Welcome Page with this month's updates on the Welcome link above.
Peter Tavino, PE, CGD, AI, LEED AP, 860-567-4604 PeterTavino@gmail.com
or cell if immediate need 860-459-8279 or Pete@LitchfieldGeothermal.com
Business Owner and Site Webmaster as pictured from
Eversource Selling Energy Seminar December 2015