It’s all in the definition.
Recently, the United States federal government modified its definition of Renewable Energy to include thermal energy and replaced the wording from energy “generated” to energy produced. That is a significant correction as it accurately explains that geothermal energy is a non-weather-dependent renewable energy resource and a viable option to deliver heating, cooling & water heating to facilities throughout the US.
Geothermal systems have been in use since the 1950s. EIA (US Energy Information Administration) advises that the average homeowner will use 31% of its primary electricity usage to heat and cool their homes. That’s a high cost, and homeowners are looking for ways to curb that use.
Time to upgrade
Some homes that use fossil fuel to heat their homes have systems that have reached their end-of-life usefulness, and they are now forced to consider other options for heating their homes.
A geothermal system that produces both heating and cooling is now a viable alternative. These systems have some eyebrow-raising benefits, which includes:
Work in nearly all climates
Significant life spans that are longer than conventional heating and cooling systems.
Require little to no maintenance
Certified by Energy Star to be 45% more efficient than traditional systems
Local and federal governments want you to choose geothermal systems for your home, and they are putting their money where their mouth is. The Federal Residential Investment Tax Credit (ITC) allows for up to 26% of the installed system. Some local governments are offering grants of up to $3,000.
It’s all in the numbers.
The systems are out there, and they are worth looking at. Homeowners realize significant energy savings over traditional systems ranging up to 40% to 50% reduction.
Geothermal Heat Pump Technology …The RELIABLE RENEWABLE!