Why Home Geothermal Systems Might Soon Be More Affordable For U.s. Homeowners

Posted on 12. Mar, 2014 by in Uncategorized

Graphic courtesy Bosch TT And when an energy efficient technology is new or more expensive, regardless of the benefits, it becomes a novelty of sorts for those with an adventurous spirit and plenty of money, leaving the rest of us paying our higher energy bills. (See related post: 10 Myths About Geothermal Heating and Cooling.) The US now has a corp of skilled geo-exchange engineers and tradesmen, thanks in part to the stimulus act of 2009, and homeowners now have more access to information about designing an energy-efficient home. Still, even with an impressive 30 percent tax credit implemented at the federal level, U.S. homeowners need to pay the up-front cost and find a trustworthy contractor to install a geothermal HVAC system. Meanwhile, our neighbors to the north report that nearly 40 percent of heating systems replaced are going geothermal, according the Canadian GeoExchange Organization ; and Canada does not have a national incentive program like we do in the U.S. Wondering why? Perhaps it could be in part because of services such as GeoTility that take on the burden of installing the underground loop or well system (which can serve an entire neighborhood), charging a one-time connection fee and then a predetermined monthly charge, significantly reducing first costs for both new homebuyers and those choosing to upgrade to geothermal heating and cooling. Graphic courtesy Bosch TT Geothermal utility services like GeoTility have had limited availability in the U.S., but are now entering the picture for more of us because of new arrangements such as a recent agreement between Bosch ThermoTechnology and Orca Energy (a sister company to Canada-based GeoTility). In its announcement, Bosch said the agreement solves one of the most persistent challenges facing the geothermal industry: how to overcomebuilder and homeowner resistance to theinitial capital cost barrier of installing the ground heat exchanger [or well]. Most of us would prefer to pay a monthly fee for an item that could be classified as utility infrastructure, such as the earth-coupled portion of a geothermal heating and cooling system. (Brian Clark Howard and I allude to this in our guide to geothermal HVAC.) After all, geothermal loops provide very real energy that is fundamentally no different than electricity, except that it is already in the form of BTUs, ready for use by the geothermal heat pump for cooling or heating needs. Most of us have become accustomed to using municipality-supplied city water, sewer, and other utilities. Some of us might say, Let someone else worry about whats underground, and Ill just pay the monthly fee. (See related quiz: What You Dont Know About Electricity .) A first-of-its kind survey , which was conducted last fall by the National Association of Home Builders research subsidiary, showed that a majority of people who own certified green homes considered energy efficiency important in their decision-making, and are happy with the homes energy performance after it is built. Within this group of green homebuyers, tax credits and other financial incentives played a relatively insignificant role in the decision to build a green home; but overwhelmingly, the respondents said they enjoyed lower utility bills, and either didnt spend more up-front on their home or got benefits that outweighed any additional cost. Geothermal heat pump and hot water heater (Photograph courtesy Jay Egg) For new construction, then, the decision on whether or not to go geothermal may be just that straightforward. For retrofits, it may take some diligence and creativity, but homeowners who want geothermal will be able to get it. Tell the geothermal industry what you think. Would you like to see geothermal utility services come to a neighborhood near you? Were listening. (See related quiz: What You Dont Know About Home Heating .) Jay Egg is a geothermal consultant, writer, and the owner of EggGeothermal . He has co-authored two textbooks on geothermal HVAC systems published by McGraw-Hill Professional . He can be reached at jayegg.geo@gmail.com .

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Arizona Hvac Specialist Announces New Cost-efficient Az Ac And Heat-pump Maintenance P

Posted on 16. Feb, 2014 by in Uncategorized

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Venezuelan Heating Oil A No-show In Us This Year

Posted on 15. Jan, 2014 by in Uncategorized

Kennedy II that has distributed nearly a half billion dollars’ worth of Venezuela-donated home heating oil in the U.S. since 2005 has not yet received this winter’s shipment. In recent years, the first shipments from Venezuela would have arrived in late November or early December and have been delivered by now. A spokesman for the Kennedy’s Citizens Energy Corp., Brian O’Connor, said thousands of people had called inquiring about the oil. “We very much hope that the Venezuelans will come through as they did for so many years under President (Hugo) Chavez’s leadership,” Kennedy said in a statement Friday issued by the nonprofit. The former congressman and son of the late Sen. Robert F. Kennedy said, however, that “every indicator so far has been that they will help out.” Chavez died last March after a long battle with cancer. Venezuela, despite having the world’s largest proven oil reserves, has in recent years suffered steady production declines. A spokesman for Venezuela’s state-owned oil company PDVSA reached in Caracas had no comment, while a spokesman for the company’s U.S. subsidiary Citgo, Fernando Garay, did not immediately return a voicemail message. The Kennedy statement was issued in response to a query from The Republican newspaper of Springfield, Mass. Citizens Energy says it has distributed the home heating oil to some 200,000 low-income and elderly households annually in 25 states including the entire Northeast, Alaska and parts of the Midwest. The program was launched after Hurricane Katrina in 2005 damaged U.S. refining capacity and Chavez responded to an appeal from Kennedy to help out. In the first year, it provided eligible households 200 gallons of heating oil at a 40 percent discount, said O’Connor. Then it switched to 100 gallons of free oil. O’Connor said Kennedy, 61, was recovering from a broken pelvis suffered in a bike accident and was unavailable for comment. He would not say when or where Kennedy became injured.

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