Geothermal Systems

Written by Courtney Salinas
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Geothermal energy systems are becoming more and more common in government buildings and schools, where a high energy bill can make or break a budget. More and more businesses and families are discovering that rising energy bills are costing them more of their annual budget than they'd like. Many are looking for alternatives to traditional heating and cooling systems.

Accessing Geothermal Energy

Geothermal literally means, "heat from the Earth." To access that heat, pipes are inserted into the ground. Fluid is then circulated through the pipes and draws on the heat stored in the Earth. The fluid is then run through the geothermal heat pump, which compresses it to a higher temperature and distributes that heat around the building.

Lowering Your Energy Bills

Deciding on a system to heat or cool your home or business can be very difficult. While we usually look first at the initial investment, long-term benefits and drawbacks to every heating and cooling system need to be examined. What is the upkeep? How much energy does it use? How effectively does it heat and cool?

Geothermal systems have been shown to be very cost efficient. Geothermal systems cost more to install than typical heating and cooling systems, but over time will save your money on your utility bill. A properly installed geothermal energy system can use 25 to 70 percent less energy than conventional heating systems. Many states and local governments offer financial incentives for installing a geothermal energy system. Check with your state and local governments for more information.

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