NAOHSM sponsored a “Green Theme” fundraiser in late-September that included a tour of local school's new geothermal heating and cooling system.

The National Association of Oil Heating Service Managers sponsored a “Green Theme” fundraiser in late-September in Lancaster County, Pa. The event included a tour of the Manheim Township High School in Lancaster County, the first school in the country to install a geothermal heating and cooling system.

The Southeast and Central Pennsylvania chapters of NAOHSM, along with other guests, toured this landmark educational facility and enjoyed a presentation byJeff Harris, the school’s engineer, andTom Koch, the plant manager.

When the school underwent a recent renovation, NAOHSM reports, the engineers implemented many of the most green technologies available today, including solar, radiant heat and special suspended film insulated glass windows that qualified the facility for a LEED Silver designation. An electric kiosk was also installed to allow users an opportunity to monitor energy performance.

After the school tour, the NAOHSM group visited the “Overlook Barn,” a recently renovated 18th century barn and restaurant. Three three regular Care to Ride sponsors offered trailer displays of their products: Peerless highlighted its Pinnacle Boiler; Energy Kinetics featured its “Smart Solar” hot water system; and Crown Boilers displayed Energy Star-rated products. Inside the Barn, Honeywell showcased some of its latest control technologies, and Burnham Boilers presented its latest energy-efficient boiler technologies.

After a buffet dinner sponsored by local oil dealers B.G. Mellinger, Worley & Obetz, and Schwanger Brothers,Dan Holohanconducted one of his popular seminars: “Heating Around the World.”

Oil Heat Cares is a not-for-profit foundation (501C-3) whose purpose is to assist needy persons and organizations with the replacement of their heating appliances. Visitwww.oilheatcares.comto learn more about the program and the next “Care to Ride” fundraising event, Monday, May 24, 2010, in Providence, R.I.

Source: NAOHSM