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The Smart Guide to Geothermal: How to Harvest Earth’s Free Energy for Heating and Cooling

Discover why geothermal heating and cooling is the most energy efficient technology available to homeowners, and how all homes–new or retrofit, in hot or cold climates–can use this reliable, silent, non-polluting way of extracting free energy from the earth.

– Geothermal system options, including open-loop, closed-loop and DX configurations, using horizontal and vertical earth loops
– The importance of finding a qualified contractor
– Costs, tax credits and payback issues, plus calculating increased home values
– Who is using geothermal energy, including the author s firsthand experiences, home profiles from around the country as well as an overview of commercial/institutional projects
– How solar electricity can be used to power the system, plus other future trends
– Unraveling the science and technology of geothermal heat pumps (GHPs)
– Understanding GHP performance standards, ratings and warranties
– Comprehensive appendix with helpful resources (manufacturers, associations, etc.) and a career section for those interested in entering the field


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