My husband and I have always been very environmentally responsible.
When we built our new home, it was extremely important to us to make every operation as green as possible.
Heating and cooling accounts for approximately 50% of the household energy consumption. Obviously, finding an environmentally friendly means of temperature control was a priority. Geothermal heating and cooling is the top pick of the EPA because it makes use of a renewable energy source. The ground absorbs sunlight and remains at a fairly constant temperature all year round. It doesn’t matter the time of year or the weather, there’s also heat found underground. The geothermal system includes a network of pipes that are buried in our backyard. These pipes move heat back and forth between our home and the ground. The process eliminates the burning of fossil fuels and byproducts such as greenhouse gasses. It’s perfectly clean, totally safe and wonderfully efficient. Our geothermal heat pump achieves an efficiency rating of up to 400%. This is because it generates more energy than it uses to power the equipment. We’ve also installed solar panels on the roof to handle the necessary electricity. Our geothermal heating pump costs us nothing to operate. It provides exceptional cooling and dehumidification in the summer and handles our heating needs in the winter. It also generates our domestic hot water, eliminating that cost as well. While the geothermal system was rather expensive to purchase and install, we’ve gotten paid back in energy savings in less than three years.