Archive for 2011

Geothermal Sidewalks in Southern Oregon

Geothermal Sidewalks in Southern Oregon

As geothermal technology continues to evolve throughout the United States (and the world), so do its innovative uses. In southern Oregon, the town of Klamath Falls has been utilizing geothermal energy to heat its sidewalks since the early '90s. As you can imagine, this setup comes in handy when the heavy snows, sleets, and frosts cover the roads and sidewalks in the winter. Those of you with heated driveways know what we're talking about. If the snow isn't completely melted, its integrity is cer ...

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Combining Geothermal Heating and Solar Power

Combining Geothermal Heating and Solar Power

The renewable energy debate often focuses on comparing and contrasting green technologies like solar power and geothermal heating and cooling. Which is the more cost-effective alternative? Which is best for the environment? While solar power is clearly the more popular of the two resources, there are plenty of people (ourselves included) backing geothermal. Obviously, we believe that geo has the potential to be as widespread and well-known as solar, and that, one day, it will be. All of that ...

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Boise's Geothermal Heating District:  Comparable to Boise State Football?

Boise’s Geothermal Heating District: Comparable to Boise State Football?

From Geo Montana to Bart "Energy" Starr, the geothermal industry has some playful nominal ties to the sport of football. Ask any geothermal contractor; there's nothing like tossing around the old pigskin on a ground loop field. All jokes aside, though, comparisons have indeed been drawn between the two seemingly unrelated realms. In 2010, Boise, Idaho Mayor Dave Bieter stressed the quality of his city's geothermal heating system by equating it to the Boise State football team. As you may kn ...

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From the Comfort of a Geothermal Home

From the Comfort of a Geothermal Home

From the comfort of his geothermal home, Dan Deweese, winner of our summer "Free AC Beneath Your Feet" sweepstakes, was kind enough to share with us his family's experience with geothermal heating and cooling. Take a few minutes to read his story and see how the benefits of geothermal go beyond the environment and green living. We can promise that you'll enjoy it! Installation: May 2010 Cost: $18,000 Results: 40% reduction in Electric Usage, 75% reduction in Natural Gas Usage ...

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Geothermal in Schools

Geothermal in Schools

As homeowners, we often neglect the fact that geothermal heating and cooling can be utilized in various types of buildings (with various functions). Geothermal is a viable alternative energy source for any type of building, really (depending upon the size and other factors). Whether it's a town hall, a corporate office, a shopping mall, or even a school, the benefits of geothermal save face. Today, we'll focus on geothermal in schools, and provide some additional advantages that pertain directly ...

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