- Associated Press - Thursday, May 28, 2015

FARMINGVILLE, N.Y. (AP) - The town of Brookhaven on eastern Long Island has adopted Suffolk County’s new geothermal energy code.

Newsday (https://nwsdy.li/1FPXNgi ) reports the code sets guidelines for building standards at homes and commercial structures using geothermal energy technologies. They’re used instead of conventional cooling and heating systems.

Geothermal systems use pipes and tubes placed deep underground to draw heat and cool air from the Earth’s stable subsurface temperatures. The systems also heat water.

Brookhaven was the first Suffolk County town to pass a geothermal code last year. Suffolk then used that as a basis for its own code.

Brookhaven’s latest vote aligns its laws with the county codes.

PSEG Long Island offers rebates of about $3,000 for standard geothermal systems. Federal tax credits are also available.


Information from: Newsday, https://www.newsday.com

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