Some people go green - some are born that way. The latter is the case with Jamie Minnick. Minnick, who is the President and Founder of Eastern Energy Systems of Mattituck, Long Island, was born at a time when it wasn't trendy to go green. Apparently the Minnicks didn't get the memo.
On their way home from the hospital, Jamie's parents would have to drive by the wind turbine in the neighbors' yard and walk by the solar panels in their own to get their bundle of joy into his new home. For Jamie, growing up in that environment was enough to cement his future as a eco-friendly entrepreneur.
That home (located in nearby Laurel, Long Island) has become the model for Jamie and, in turn, Eastern Energy Systems. Since its auspicious entrance into renewable energy back in 1980, the home has since eliminated energy costs entirely. Seriously. No oil, gas, or electric bills are generated at any time throughout the year to run this home.
The house features two wind turbines, solar PV on two roofs, two ground mount solar arrays (one for hot water, one for additional electric), and a tracking solar array (panels that follow the sun throughout the day). A full battery backup system helps to store extra energy for use at night or during times when the sun and wind can't keep pace with household demand.
One of my personal favorites is the geothermal heating and cooling system. Under the surface of the Earth, a surprisingly constant temperature is maintained. On Long Island, this temperature usually fluctuates between 50-58 degrees from winter to summer, respectively (anyone who has a basement in their home can attest to how moderate the temperature remains throughout the year). Geothermal heating and cooling systems utilize the constant temperature of the Earth by running pipes filled with water 200 ft. underground to transfer heat from the Earth to the building in winter, and from the building to the Earth in summer.
Additionally, the home has two features for which Jamie has high hopes (not to mention patents). The first is a solar hot water heater for hot tubs. The second (and most exciting) is a renewable energy system that currently heats the patio outside the house. The plan is to eventually apply this system to our roadways to eliminate the need for salt and sand in the winter.
Eastern Energy offers a weekly "Living by Example" tour of the home as a way to help educate the public about the possibilities of including renewable energy in your home or business. The tour lasts approximately an hour-and-a-half and is a great introduction to the latest and greatest in renewable energy options. Also keep a lookout for the company's "Green Wine Tour" which is currently in development and looks to be ready soon.
Renewable energy is here to stay, and with the recent installation of Long Island's largest ever wind turbine at Half Hollow Nursery in Laurel (see cover), it looks like Eastern Energy Systems is too.
Visit www.e2sys.com or call (631) 779-4004 for more information.