The benefits of using geothermal energy are that it is environmentally friendly and saves money in both operating and maintenance costs. Geothermal energy is the most efficient heating and cooling systems available, using 25%–50% less electricity than conventional heating or cooling system. Investments in a geothermal system are typically repaid in just a few years.
Geothermal systems are safe and protected. With no exposed equipment outdoors, children or pets cannot injure themselves or damage exterior units. They also have no open flame, flammable fuel or potentially dangerous fuel storage tanks. Geothermal energy conserves natural resources and lowers emissions by using heat that already exists, rather than creating it.
Another benefit of geothermal systems are that they provide excellent “zone” space conditioning, allowing different parts of your home to be heated or cooled to different temperatures.
With the increasing demand for clean, green energy, more people are picking up on the fact that geothermal is a source of power just as viable as hydro or wind. Perhaps more so because geothermal plants don’t spoil views or ecosystems. And because they have no outside condensing units like air conditioners, there’s no concern about noise outside the home.
If you’re looking to learn a little more about how you specifically can benefit from harnessing geothermal energy, please take a look at these resources for more specific incentives.
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