Awards and Accomplishments
Governor’s Energy Excellence Award
WINNER-James Stump, Lyons
James and Ann Stump—a farmer and retired schoolteacher, respectively—have lived in the tiny village of Lyons for years. While the community is close-knit and cozy, homes and businesses in the area lack access to natural gas infrastructure and must rely on delivered fuel. After a hike in propane prices, James and Ann decided to take control of their energy future. They hired a team from ESI Heating and Cooling (led by one of Ann’s former students) to get to work. A ground source heat pump system was installed in the home, complete with a Wi-Fi enabled thermostat and a high-efficiency tankless propane water heater. Because of these efforts, the Stumps reduced their annual electricity usage by 3,264 kWh and their annual propane usage by 1,678 gallons, shrinking their carbon footprint by an amazing 80 percent.