Archive for 2012

Solar vs. Geothermal

Solar vs. Geothermal

I get a lot of questions about when solar makes sense vs. geothermal. Both alternative energy technologies harness the power of the sun. Solar captures the energy of the sun by exciting electrons in silicon and capturing that energy in wires. Geothermal takes advantage of the solar heat stored in the ground, which is ~50-55 degrees year round just a few feet below the surface. The four questions to ask yourself before making the plunge! Where do you live? For many, this is the single biggest ...

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A Geothermal Community in Cape Cod

A Geothermal Community in Cape Cod

  Provincetown, MA has always been known as a place full of potential.  Located on the outermost tip of the stretch of Cape Cod, it was here where the Pilgrims decided to land and sign the Mayflower Compact in 1620.  In addition to its historic significance, it is also serving as a place full of potential and innovation in the geothermal industry.  Recently a team has come together to create a unique geothermal system design where a single loop field supplies a community of ten differ ...

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Financing Cuts Upfront Geothermal Cost!

Financing Cuts Upfront Geothermal Cost!

What is the biggest factor holding back geothermal heat pumps from being the most widely used heating and air conditioning systems?  Upfront cost..  According to a study by the Geo-Heat Institute at the Oregon Institute of Technology, high installation cost of the ground loop is rated as the number one barrier to entry for geothermal heat pumps.  While using the temperature underground to heat and cool a building is extremely efficient, it does require the additional cost to install a groun ...

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Find Geothermal Incentives!

Find Geothermal Incentives!

It is a fact that geothermal systems are extremely efficient.  There have been numerous research projects conducted on geothermal heat pumps over the years by organizations ranging from the Department of Energy to local nonprofits.  Each time the efficiency of geothermal units are compared to conventional equipment, geothermal ends up winning.  Geothermal definitely stands out from the crowd as an extremely efficient way to heat and cool a building. Because of their extreme efficiency ...

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Calling Geothermal Users: Enter to Win Free Air Conditioning for Summer 2012

Calling Geothermal Users: Enter to Win Free Air Conditioning for Summer 2012

Free Heat Beneath Your Feet Sweepstakes Do you own a geothermal system and often find yourself talking to your friends about it?  Whenever someone comes into your home do you feel the need to take them into your utility room and show them your geothermal unit?  Even if you do not go to this extent in telling others about geothermal, this is an opportunity for anyone who owns a geothermal heat pump to write a testimony on GeothermalGenius.org about your geothermal system and be entered t ...

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