Geothermal pays off (literally) for homeowners

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Homeowners are always looking for ways to save money. One of the most effective ways to do so is through the use of geothermal heating and cooling systems.

FEATURES


Oklahoma builder breaks through geothermal pricing barrier

It’s long been that installing geothermal systems came with a hefty price tag that typically puts it out of reach for many first-time homebuyers. Ideal Homes has managed to lower the financial barrier...

1920s bungalow gets deep green retrofit for sustainability studies

The ReNEWW House is a multi-year research project in which a 1920s vintage home is retrofitted into a net-zero energy, water and zero-waste-to-landfill structure.

North Carolina homeowner cuts bills in half with geothermal heat pump

Chad Harrell was adamant. His new home would feature a geothermal heat pump system...

Open house for the Proud Green Home of St. Louis

Before the drywall goes up and this green home's high performance systems are hidden, go behind the scenes of the Proud Green Home of St. Louis.

Green builders collaborate to build high performance home

The Proud Green Home of St. Louis is under construction to deliver sustainable benefits to its owners and to educate and inspire building professionals and consumers about the benefits of building and living green.

Geothermal helps Montana ranch go off the grid

ClimateMaster uses innovation to help consumers take their homes “off the grid,” a move that provides self-sufficiency that drives down energy costs.

A pioneer for geothermal systems and heat pumps

Beginning in the 1970s, Daniel Ellis pioneered innovation for those using geothermal systems and heat pumps.

Go behind the walls of the Proud Green Home of St. Louis

The Proud Green Home of St. Louis incorporates a wide variety of advanced building science techniques and products designed to deliver a high-performance home.

The FLC recognizes standout achievement in technology commercialization

ClimateMaster continues to earn praise for its innovation within the heating and cooling industry. The latest accolade comes from the Federal Laboratory Consortium.

Use Honda Smart Home designs in your green home project

After making its Smart Home a reality, Honda opened up access to designs and blueprints to make building your own smart home that much easier.

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NEWS


Zero Energy Building construction moving to mainstream

Despite short-term price fluctuations, energy costs will continue to rise over the long term, driving greater interest in building that produce as much or more energy as they consume.

Geothermal offers alternative to propane price spikes for winter heating

One alternative to uncertain prices and availability of fossil fuels is a geothermal heating and cooling system that uses a ground-source heat pump.

Financial backing grows for transformation of geothermal ground loops into a utility

The utilization of geothermal heating and cooling is gaining ground, as one company will finance $25 million in geothermal loop installations in North America.

New map leads to resources for UK water-source heat pumps

A new map from the United Kingdom's energy department shows areas where water-source heat pumps would be most feasible.

Renovation of historic homestead includes geothermal system

A top-down renovation of an 1867 Wisconsin homestead incorporated a ground-up geothermal heating system that relies on steady temperatures just beneath the earth’s surface to provide energy-efficient heating and cooling to the home, while preserving its historic charm.

Rehabbed Chicago homes will add solar to green upgrades

The first of five rehabbed homes in the Highland Park neighborhood includes solar panels as part of a package of green upgrades that will increase the homes' market value.

Geothermal heating beats the high cost of propane

After going through three winters with the geothermal system in his home, homeowner Neal Kelly was pleased with the choice he made.

Hybrid solar geothermal heating and cooling system wins patent

With performance proven in an award-winning net-zero home, a hybrid solar-geothermal heating and cooling system was awarded a U.S. patent.

Geothermal: a comfortable way to cut home heating costs

One way to keep your home at a comfortable temperature without your heating and cooling bills going sky high can be found underground.

Tap bodies of water for economical, efficient geothermal energy

A typical geothermal installation uses water and a heat transfer liquid similar to an anti-freeze to transfer heat from the ground to and from the home in a process that provides for efficient and cost-effective air handling methods for countless...

Historic home nearing goal of net-zero after deep green remodeling

A 110-year-old home is on its way to becoming a net-zero home thanks to a deep green remodel that’s still in progress. When Matt Grocoff and his wife, Kelly, bought a 110 year old Folk-Victorian home in Ann Arbor’s Old...

Tax credits for home energy upgrades in force for 2014

Qualified U.S. homeowners can take advantage of tax incentives for adding energy efficient features to their homes in 2014. The good folks at RESNet offer a good overview of the federal tax incentives available for the 2014 tax season.

Canadian initiative promotes geothermal heat pump installation

The Canadian GeoExchange Coalition (CGC) has launched GeoCity, a national initiative developed with the financial support of Natural Resources Canada to recognize municipalities which lead and actively promote quality ground source heat pump design and installation. Ground source heat pumps,...

Geothermal systems: an alternative to propane

The recent spike in propane prices has consumers looking for alternative ways to condition a home, leading a growing number of homeowners to consider geothermal heating and cooling as an alternative. Efficiency and savings Geothermal systems, which draw on the...

Can I use geothermal heating and cooling in my existing home?

Geothermal heating and cooling is one of the top ways homeowners can reduce their utility bills as well as their environmental impact. But for many years, geothermal was considered primarily an option for new construction. As the housing market has...

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Geothermal heating and cooling taps into the thermal energy generated and stored in the Earth below our feet. This research center will show you how geothermal heating and cooling works, how geothermal heating and cooling can be used in your home, and keep you up to date with the latest news and developments in geothermal technology.