Understanding Geothermal

February 2nd, 2011

Geothermal. It’s a pretty-sounding word, but lots of us don’t know what it means. GeothermalGenuis.org is available to help you better understand this innovative and efficient system of air conditioning.

In very basic terms, geothermal heating and cooling takes advantage of the temperature under the surface of the ground to heat or cool your home using less energy. Even if you’re not ready to upgrade now, it never hurts to explore other options so you know what you want when you need it. I hate making decisions under pressure, like when you’re freezing or burning up inside your home. Eek.

The big unknown for many of us is cost, but you can take the mystery out. Use the geothermal calculator to get an estimate for monthly payment amounts, how much this system might increase your home’s value and your savings over time. The geothermal cost calculator will also be helpful in understanding what size system you may need and how much installation could cost.

Enter to win an electricity monitor.

To help you become more energy conscious, GeothermalGenius.org is giving away a Kill A Watt EZ Electricity Usage Monitor.

All you have to do to enter to win the monitor is leave a comment on this post sharing your thoughts on geothermal heating and cooling.

Don’t have any thoughts on it? Visit Geothermal in Your State to read comments from people who have geothermal (click the green captions) and share anything you find interesting.

To win, you must leave your comment before 11 pm CST on Friday, February 11. The randomly selected winner must respond to my request for a mailing address within three days or another winner will be chosen. Exact model could be different from monitor shown.

UPDATE 2/16/2011:
Congrats to the winner, Katie!

24 Responses to “Understanding Geothermal”

  1. sandy on February 3, 2011 4:14 am

    think w all need to learn and do what we can to conserve and be efficient

  2. Suzanne Kornmaier on February 3, 2011 5:52 pm

    I think it’s such a great idea! Use the power of the earth (to keep things at a reasonable temp) to cool homes, or save money warming homes! I love that warming from 55 degrees from below ground saves a bunch from warming outside air which could be MUCH colder!

  3. Aubrey on February 3, 2011 6:22 pm

    I think geothermal heating/cooling is great!

  4. Sylvia on February 3, 2011 10:13 pm

    I think Geothermal is the way of the future. It is a green energy source that should be utilized!

  5. anna t. on February 4, 2011 4:02 pm

    Amazingly, Hawaii (which I believe is one of the states that uses GeoThermal the most) has no comments. Personally, I would like to say that it is the absolute best solution for our future.

  6. Susan C on February 5, 2011 11:20 pm

    Sounds like the wave of the future!
    smchester at gmail dot com

  7. Jim W. on February 6, 2011 9:59 am

    I looked into having it installed but my city doesn’t allow it.

  8. Karen M on February 6, 2011 8:35 pm

    Just one comment for my state. I’m sure GeoThermal is a great solution in many areas. Thanks.

  9. Shawn H on February 7, 2011 5:10 pm

    Geothermal is great for homeowners when you have land and money

  10. Pat on February 8, 2011 6:22 pm

    I think we could save a lot of money if we had geothermal heating and cooling.

  11. Daniel M on February 9, 2011 7:52 pm

    sounds great, anything to help the bills (long term) and be more green

  12. Janna Johnson on February 10, 2011 2:25 am

    Such a neat device. Our utility bills are outragoes. would love to see were we are wasting
    Awesome contest! Thanks! Janna Johnson

  13. Joy Wilson on February 10, 2011 3:40 am

    What a great way to identify energy hogs.

  14. Jessica G. on February 10, 2011 9:31 pm

    I learned about Geothermal in an energy efficiency class in college and thought it was a way better form of heating compared to other methods (like the natural gas I have now, sigh). I hope my next house has it! It’s great to see (from the map) how many people with older houses in my state found great savings switching over!

  15. Monte on February 11, 2011 12:51 am

    looks like it would save you a lot of money

  16. Katie on February 11, 2011 11:15 am

    Geothermal heating makes so much sense! I will definitely keep it in mind next time I have to make a big investment to replace my furnace [which could happen at any minute in my old house].

    kt1969 at comcast dot net

  17. Nicole Vosburgh on February 11, 2011 12:28 pm

    My husband is always seeking new ways to save our electricity. What a fun and new way to see just how much we are using and how we could save even more!

  18. Lori L. on February 11, 2011 12:51 pm

    Geothermal is a green way to heat and cool AND it saves me money! I’m in love already!
    monlor AT aol DOT com

  19. cass on February 11, 2011 8:40 pm

    this should help on getting knowledge with $$aving

  20. Diane Baum on February 11, 2011 8:41 pm

    It’s important that we learn to help the environment and save energy, so we don’t destroy the Earth.

  21. R Hicks on February 11, 2011 9:53 pm

    I think geothermal is great and much under utilized. The government should do more to subsidize the costs of it.

    ardy22 at earthlink dot net

  22. meme on February 11, 2011 11:42 pm

    I love that with geothermal heating you don’t have to worry about carbon monoxide in the air of your house

  23. Salleefur/Jesslyn on February 12, 2011 12:01 am

    Ignorance is NOT bliss – it’s both toxic and terminal. GEOTHERMAL should be “a household world”.

    We more we know the better our chances at survival and quality of life. This device sounds like it could open a lot of eyes!

  24. Monex on February 15, 2011 4:08 am

    ..By using a geothermal heat pump you can tap into the Earths constant temperatures to heat and cool your home. ….The geothermal heat pump moves air or an antifreeze liquid through pipes that are buried underground and then integrated into your home. ….The heat pump is the heart of your home s heating and cooling system and all of its components are usually contained in a single enclosure about the size of a small gas furnace.

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