3 at ACG earn Master designations!

Congratulations to ACG’s Dan Walsdorf, Sean Steffes, and Matt Werdeo for successfully passing the Wisconsin Geothermal Association tests. The three have been awarded Master designations as System Installers and as Loop Field Installers.
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Passing the WGA tests demonstrates the individual’s commitment to proper design and installation of geothermal systems and acknowledges that the individual has completed the required number of hours of education and is willing to commit to continuing education.Master Installer System graphic

That’s also good news for those of you interested in a geothermal system for your home or business. Finding someone you can trust is so important in making a decision.

More good news? Those who earn the designation are committed to upholding the WGA’s Code of Ethics and to providing end-users with information that allows them to make the best decision with regard to whether geothermal is right for their application, what type of geothermal system is best for their application, and determining the right contractor for their project.

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SHE’s just around the corner!

Get ready! SHE, the Super Home Extravaganza of the Home Builders Association of Fond du Lac and Dodge Counties, Inc., is coming March 18-20 at the Fond du Lac County Fairgrounds in Fond du Lac.

You will find knowledgeable experts there – including your favorite comfort providers, the team from Advanced Custom Geothermal! – to help you learn everything you want to know about making your house the best home for you.

Among the headliners appearing during the event will be “the grilling buddies” Mad Dog & Merrill; Jena Ottery of Uniqueful Artistry showing how to customizing your space and offering DIY accessory techniques; Casey Piwonski, the chainsaw carver; Chad Muche, the Plant Mentor, with tips about asparagus gardens, the best plants for 2016, and how to create a butterfly, herb and fairy garden; and Chef Matt Mooney sharing secrets for healthy meals for busy lifestyles.

Hours are 4-8 p.m. that Friday and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. that Saturday and Sunday. Cost is $5 per person with children 12 and under free. Psst! Grab a $1 off admission coupon on the SHE website under additional information-tickets.

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Going green? See Sean at Energy Expo

Our very own Sean Steffes, co-owner of Advanced Custom Geothermal, is ready to answer your questions about geothermal at the Answers to Energy Expo Saturday, Feb. 20, in Appleton.

The only energy/eco-friendly expo of its kind in northeast Wisconsin is set for 9 a.m.-4 p.m. at Players Choice, County Road JJ, in Appleton. Admission is $5.

Besides Advanced Custom Geothermal’s exhibit, you will want to check out the many other exhibitors ready to answer your questions about energy efficiency, sustainability, recycling, and more. Informational seminars will cover topics ranging from home automation to native landscaping. Get expert advice as you go green.

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ACG’s environmental stewardship honored

We’ve received an honor, a first-ever award, for “Outstanding Achievements in Sustainability and Environmental Stewardship in installing systems valued at $2,000,000.”
Dan Walsdorf and Sean Steffes with awardThe award, one of two issued in the Wisconsin-Michigan-Illinois WaterFurnace territory, is for dealers who install systems in harmony with the planet by carefully calculating the exact geothermal needs of customers’ homes or businesses – demonstrating environmental stewardship.

ACG goes beyond the basics — surveying for customer satisfaction, having years of experience, installing a certain number of units each year, and having the required training – and now it’s a pleasure to be recognized for such excellence.

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Ocean warming doubles

Half of the increase in global ocean heat content since 1865 has occurred over the past two decades, according to a recent report.

Graphic of warming oceansWhy is that important? The information figures into projections about how much and how fast the Earth will warm and the seas rise in the future – or basically how it will affect all of us.The ocean absorbs more than 90% of the Earth’s excess heat increase that is associated with global warming.

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory scientists, working with National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and university colleagues, found that “in recent decades the ocean has continued to warm substantially, and with time the warming signal is reaching deeper into the ocean,” said LLNL’s Peter Gleckler, lead author of a paper published in the journal Nature Climate Change.

At ACG, we’ve built our business around doing what’s best for your heating and cooling – and, by doing that, what’s best for the environment. With our super-efficient systems, our customers can feel good about their home or business comfort and know that they are being earth-friendly. Contact us today to learn more.

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Lucky 7? Nah, it’s calculated to be great!

7 is said to be a popular, lucky, almost magical number. More WaterFurnace customers are finding it’s tops with them as well.

Of course, those customers are thinking about the groundbreaking WaterFurnace 7 series.

ACG customers are telling us that they are definitely seeing the savings, especially over the original 30+-year-old geothermal systems.

What’s not to coo over? The 7 Series is super efficient in providing the ultimate in comfort and performance. With a variable speed of 20%-100%, it keeps your environment comfortable over the widest scope of conditions.

You want technical? OK. It’s the only product to surpass both 41 EER and 5.3 COP. It’s vastly more efficient than any ordinary heating and cooling system and more efficient than any other two-stage geothermal heat pump.

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ACG’s Walsdorf to be featured at building conference

Your favorite geothermal wizard Dan Walsdorf will be among the featured speakers at the Better Buildings: Better Business Conference March 2-4, 2016, in Wisconsin Dells.

Dan, co-owner of Advanced Custom Geothermal, will be talking about geothermal best practices and presenting cost-benefit case studies from 10:15-11:30 a.m. Friday, March 4.

If you are in the residential building and remodeling industry and want to keep up with current trends, technologies and products, check out this conference. It will bring together leaders in the residential building community for three days of sessions, networking and fun at the Kalahari Resort. Connect technical strategies for building and remodeling homes with business strategies to help your business succeed.

Register on or before Dec. 11 to get the early bird rate and a chance to win two FREE nights at the Kalahari.

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National Geothermal Day Oct. 20, 2015

Geothermal heating and cooling is the most efficient and economical comfort technology in the world and we’re celebrating it!

Advanced Custom Geothermal is joining in the first National Geothermal Day Tuesday, Oct. 20, 201. Launched by Bosch Thermotechnology, a division of Robert Bosch North America, it’s a campaign to raise public awareness and understanding of geothermal heating and cooling and its environmental benefits.

Check out GeothermalDay for a great educational video and information and activities for kids and educators. Learn more about geothermal technology as a renewable form of energy.

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ACG geothermal heats/cools custom Parade home

Planning? Or dreaming? Either way, get to the Valley Home Builders Association Summer Parade of Homes. Advanced Custom Geothermal will be there!

ACG’s geothermal installation will be part of the attraction for House No. 29, a 4,374-square-foot beauty by Springhetti Custom Homes LLC. The 1.5-story, three-bedroom, three-bath, zero-step-entry home is on a wooded lot along the Fox River in the Town of Menasha.

The Parade – featuring 33 new homes and one whole house remodel — takes place Aug. 22-23 and 27-30. The remodeling entry is open Aug. 28-30 only.

Parade hours are 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, and 5-8 p.m. Thursday and Friday. Each ticket grants one-time admission to all homes in the event. You may visit the homes in any order and split them among all the days of the event.

Learn more about the Parade and buy tickets at the Valley Home Builders Association website.

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Study looks at who has energy-efficient homes

How green is your home? A new study reveals what kind of households are most likely to invest in and install energy-saving devices such as geothermal.

People from about 1,000 households each in 11 countries took part in a survey by the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development. They were asked whether they had installed or bought any top-rated energy-efficient appliances within the last 10 years; the number of energy-efficient light bulbs in their home; and whether they had double-glazing, thermal insulation of the walls or roof, heat thermostats, solar panels for heating or hot water, or ground-source heat pumps.

The results showed four main motivations for adopting energy-efficient measures in their homes:
• home ownership,
• income,
• social context, and
• household energy-conservation practices.

The analysis found that those who owned their homes and households with higher incomes are more likely to invest in clean-energy technologies than renters and low-income households.

Results also showed that people were more likely to invest in energy-efficient technology soon after moving into a new home. Investment patterns varied with age. Younger people were more likely to make large-scale investments, such as installing a heat pump. Older people were more likely to adopt lower-cost investments like energy-efficient light bulbs. The findings are published in Environmental Research Letters.

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