Blake came to our rescue last fall when another local energy contractor’s false promises literally left us--and our drafty, heat-less, 200 year old house--out in the cold. In the span of one month (October): he completed an energy audit; he and... Paul Myers of Upstate Energy Solutions provided us detailed heating system options to choose from; we got the NYSERDA load paperwork squared away; and our mini-split heat pump system was delivered, installed, and running smoothly. As soon as Paul finished his portion of the work, Blake immediately scheduled a final inspection--a requirement by NYSERDA--and even an extra visit to make sure… (read more)
We worked with Blake as a consultant, providing third party advice on the type of boiler we should install based on our budget, climate, and desire for long term reliability. He was generous and patient with his time, helping us to think through our options and chose the quote from local heating and cooling companies that would best meet our needs as well as advising us on the follow-up questions we should ask. Prior to speaking with Blake, we were concerned that we were being overcharged by local companies, and that we might chose the wrong system and be unhappy with the life of the… (read more)
Blake is an excellent communicator. He is articulate, clear, present, and caring. He put together an outstanding team of contractors to replace my boiler, and he kept me informed and reassured throughout what was, for me, a very stressful time, given that I am a new homeowner and am spending a considerable amount of money on maintenance and repair. The job of replacing my boiler rated a high degree of difficulty due to the house design and the nature and placement of the original boiler. Several contractors had bid on the job before I turned to Blake for help in… (read more)
Blake is passionate, creative and driven when it comes to making homes more energy efficient, and an expert in the tangle of subsidies and incentives available to homeowners.  He's your man when you want to plug all leaks and holes and upgrade to efficient utilities without breaking the bank. When our water heater died this year, Blake stepped in on a moment's notice and directed us to a high efficiency model that fit our needs.  Not only did he save us money and reduce our carbon emissions in the long term, Blake also helped us take… (read more)
Terrawatt's Blake Reid owns a deep commitment to doing things right on both micro and macro levels. His desire to do right by the planet from an energy efficiency and environmental responsibility perspective provides the same motivation needed to help individual homeowners achieve their home energy goals. He employs a patient and compassionate approach to understanding the areas needing improvement, and his understanding of all current methods and technologies allows him to make suggestions for meeting those needs that are within the homeowner's budget.
I've known Blake for more than 25 years.  I hate Blake.  Blake is who I would be if I were smarter, better looking, and a hell of a lot more efficient.  But I'm not and his silly business is too far away for me to hire him so I'm stuck doing my energy efficiency upgrades on my own, but as I already said, I'm just not as good at it as he is.  Maybe I can find a local contractor who can do some of it but I can pretty much guarantee that they too will not be as smart as Blake and… (read more)
Laura Reid
I've known Blake for 20 years and this is what I know to be true:  He is authentic.  Blake can't even pretend to be something he's not.  Blake doesn't waste time. He values everyone's time, not just his own.  Blake makes everything more efficient.  He is m ake-your-head-spin smart.  Blake is a nerd.  He solves problems.  He thinks a lot.  And then he thinks some more.  He's probably thinking about something really complicated right now.  Blake is a hard worker.  He built an energy-efficient one-room schoolhouse in Upstate New York, AFTER coming home from his day… (read more)
Joel Frank, Contractor
I've brought Blake in as a consultant on difficult jobs. He continues to impress me with his breadth of knowledge, excellent communication skills, and passion for building science. He's been an asset to my business, and I highly recommend his services. Joel Frank Carpentry
Basketball Parents
"I really enjoyed watching you with the kids.  Thanks for supporting [our son] and hosting all the fun!" "Thank you for all the time and energy you have devoted to nurturing our children in teamwork, good sportsmanship and ball skills.  The positive impact you have had on their self-confidence shows!  You are a natural!" "You have been a wonderful coach, both in basketball and in life/sportsmanship skills.  Thank you so much!" "Thank you for your wonderful teaching and nurturing of our kids!  It has meant much to us." (read more)
Blake perf ormed an energy audit for my in-laws as they evaluated whether to continue aging in their country home of 25 years. He could easily have sold them services they didn't need. Instead, he pointed out immediate health-and-safety concerns that they could easily address on their own with a few DIY projects and detailed the projects and associated return on investment that would boost comfort and safety if they decided to remain in the house for the long term.