Your Green Life: "Geothermal Heating"

By KBJR News 1

April 19, 2012 Updated Apr 19, 2012 at 9:23 AM CDT

Duluth, MN
Geothermal energy is not a very new concept. But recently it has become a more common trend when building a new house.

"Geothermal in our area, I should say, in a general aspect is renewable because its solar energy. 47% of the suns rays are stored in the earth upper crust." Said Jeff Aili, Project Manager at Summit Mechanical.

The problem with solar thermal heating is the heat lost in the summer time.
But Summit is using that lost heat, accompanied by the geothermal unit, to make an even more efficient way of heating your home.

"With geothermal and solar thermal we're actually heating up our ground. We put the heat into the ground in the summer so we have higher efficiencies all winter." Said Aili

The benefits of geothermal also include less of a carbon footprint.

Aili says that, "One geothermal in your house is equivalent to taking two cars off the road, or planting one acre of trees."

The upfront cost may be high, but you'll be saving money and adding value to your house, while going green.
More people than ever are taking an interest in finding green homes to buy, and that adds value to a house, especially with geothermal heating.

"Your house is worth 15–20 times your savings and back to that example, if you spend $2,000 per year on oil, and you put a geothermal in, now its $500 per year. You're now $1500 a year in savings." Said Aili

That's an extra 30,000 dollars added to the market value of your house.
So not only are you paying off the initial cost of installing geothermal, but adding incredible value to your home.

Aili Says "A lot of people can actually end up saving what their house is worth."

The government also gives subsidies to help pay for the initial cost of installing, as well as tax breaks for those who qualify.

Meteorologist Adam Lorch