Monthly Archives: September 2013

Go Geo and Make a Difference In Climate Change!

The Internet is abuzz with the news. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, a U.N.-sponsored scientific panel, has just reported it is “extremely likely” global warming is predominantly man-made.

Let’s do our part. Make a difference in climate change by going geo!

“Going geo” means trading in your old, polluting oil-fired, gas-fired or costly-to-run electrical resistance heating system for one clean, quiet, energy-efficient geothermal ground source heat pump (GHP). Since one GHP provides heating and cooling it replaces both your old heating system and air conditioner.

Although you may not have heard about geo, it’s not new: this renewable technology has been around for over half a century! Using electricity to power its 300-500% efficient heat pump, you enjoy comfortable heat in the winter and cool in the summer.

Cutaway image shows geothermal pipes going from house into ground and back

Cutaway image shows geothermal pipes going from house into ground and back

The GHP produces no combustion fumes:

  • NO carbon dioxide (CO2) greenhouse gas,
  • NO deadly carbon monoxide (CO),
  • NO soot and
  • NO hot exhaust to heat the air.

According to the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) brochure “Environmental and Energy Benefits of Geothermal Heat Pumps” (September 1998, Reprinted April 1999):

Over an average 20-year lifespan, every 100,000 units of nominally sized residential GHPs will save more than 24 trillion BTUs of electrical energy, and save consumers approximately $500 million in heating and cooling costs at current prices. And over the same period, these 100,000 units reduce greenhouse gas emissions by almost 1.1 million metric tons of carbon equivalents.

That’s the equivalent to taking nearly 60,000 cars off the road or planting over 120,000 acres of trees.

What are you waiting for?!

If your current heating system is over 20 years old it’s time to trade it in for a new geothermal heat pump. See the Long Island Geothermal Energy Organization’s (LI-GEO) Find-A-Pro to choose your geothermal contractor and start reducing your carbon footprint today.