Thinking of switching to alternative energy

I have been looking into Geothermal for homes more to help myself, and maybe others, understand the process and clear up some of the misconceptions. One of the better articles I found comes from Popular Mechanics which is a relative to one of my favorite magazines of all time, Popular Mechanics. You can check out the full article here if you would like.

This seems to be a very effective way to heat and cool your home no matter whether you live in northern colder climates or southern warmer climates. These systems will reduce the amount of fossil fuels a home uses and can reduce the amount of electricity used if you have an electric water heater. 

You can replace the electric one with a water heater that works with geothermal heat pump to heat your water save power.  Once you lower the amount of energy a home uses you reduce some of the dependency of fluctuating power bills and begin saving more money as soon as the system starts.

The advantage comes from the constant temperature inside the earth's ground, around 50 degrees, giving your heating and cooling system a 50 degree head start. So whether it’s 100 degrees or zero outside your system is already 50 degrees cooler or warmer than it outside, thus reducing the load on your HVAC system saving you money. Unlike other renewable resources you don’t have to worry about cloudy or windless days to keep your house comfortable.

If you plan on staying in your home for a long time it seems like a worthy investment or if you have an extra $30,000 to $40,000 then I would definitely make the investment. You will get quite a bit of this back if you were to sell the house later, but to me it is just a little less dependency to the power company. 

There are incentives to help out, like the $11,000 tax credit or the fact that you are helping our planet out by not wasting half of your homes energy demands on heating, cooling, and hot water.

Geothermal by itself it helpful, but if you were to add a small wind turbine and/or solar panels you could possibly begin to receive a small paycheck back from the power company.  There is of course the investment money needed for all of these systems, but it is still worth looking at.

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