|Re: Geothermal||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Fred H. Olson (fholsoncohousing.org)|
|Date: Mon, 9 Mar 1998 15:28:53 -0600|
Thomas E. Ruddick ruddick [at] edison.cc.oh.us is the author of the message below but due to a problem it was posted by Fred the list manager: owner-cohousing-L [at] cohousing.org If you reply to this message, please take care with destination address. -------------------- FORWARDED MESSAGE FOLLOWS -------------------- I once had a geothermal heat pump installed in a one-family ranch-type home. Mine was an "open" system--ground water from our well (where the aquifers were uncommonly robust) was drawn thru the system and expelled into a stream. I can attest to the reliability and economy. Our total electric bills were never far over $100, even in the coldest months. Air conditioning in summer was almost free! As "Dahako" noted, the entire heat pump and forced-air unit was small enough and quiet enough to fit comfortably into a corner of a utility room (or an attic). It can also heat water-- however this is not done with "excess" in wintertime, but with additional heating capacity. The resultant hot water is less hot than most heaters provide (ours stayed at about 140 f.) but that's still plenty hot enough for a shower--it's much cheaper--and you can retain the electric heat element in the water tank if you want to increase temp. for some special purpose like carpet-cleaning. Personal opinion: go geothermal whenever you can! TR
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