Geothermal Energy for the Home
Another form of natural energy for the home is through geothermal technologies. This form of energy is typically seen on geographical sites where heat from the earth rise through the surface to produce steam. Geothermal energy can be found in Steamboat Springs, Nevada or the Geysers in California.
According to the U.S. Department of Energy, "Geothermal energy is an enormous, underused heat and power resource that is clean (emits little or no greenhouse gases), reliable (average system availability of 95%), and home-grown (making us less dependent on foreign oil). "
Many power plants now generate electricity by tapping into these geothermal reservoirs creating another form of alternative clean energy.
How Geothermal Energy Works in the Home
The geothermal concept works because although we experience extreme temperature changes above ground, below the surface tends to stay a constant temperature. This range is generally between 45°F(7°C) to 75°F (21°C). This system works by burying piping that loops under ground. This piping is filled with a fluid that captures the warmth of the ground in the winter and the cool temperature in the summer. Geothermal heat pumps are then used to pump the warm or cool air produced by the fluid into the home! The only energy used is by the heat pump.
Incorporating a geothermal energy system can be costly but will save you money in the long run.
Geothermal home heating and cooling systems have a life span of up to 25 years and make an excellent alternative heating/cooling source for an energy efficient home.
Depending on where you live and the budget, geothermal heating and cooling might be an excellent option for easily managing your energy consumption. Why rely on a system that has to create cool and warm air when you can simply use what is underneath your home! This is a fabulous option for most energy efficient home owners.