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McGuire Air Force base tries out a different shade of green

OK, let’s get one thing clear right away: New Jersey can be pretty darn cold in the winter. I know, I live here.

OK, let’s get one thing clear right away: New Jersey can be pretty darn cold in the winter. I know, I live here. And heck, it gets pretty darn hot here, too.

Therefore, I was pretty intrigued last week when I got a press release item from Bangor, Maine-based green technology company Hallowell International about an all-electric heating system based on the heat pumps you’d normally see far south of the Mason-Dixon line. The latest tidbit from Hallowell proclaims that its AcadiaT system will be installed at about 2,000 homes in the McGuire Air Force base by a management company called United Communities. The group figures that it can reduce energy consumption and associated heating and cooling costs by more than 20 percent each year.

My partner in green propaganda Harry Fuller actually blogged extensively about Hallowell’s technology several weeks ago, so I’ll be lazy and let you read his explanation of how it works.

And, of course, be sure to take advantage of Hallowell’s handy-dandy cost calculator to figure out how its technology would affect your own home or business.