Geothermal the future

Ted Konkle believes geothermal energy is the future. And it has arrived. "Geothermal will be the mainstay of this business going forward",said the owner of Konkle Plumbing and Heating. "Geothermal has been around for many years, but really became popular a few years ago." "its the most green thing you can do for your home" Geothermal energy works like this: The upper six feet of the earth maintain a near constant temperature of 6C. The ground's temperature is warmer in winter and cooler in summer and geothermal heat takes advantage of this resource to heat-or cool-buildings. The pump system consists of the ground heat exchanger, the heat pump unit and the duct work. The heat exchangers is a system of pipes called a "loop" which is buried in the ground near the building. A fluid (water and antifreeze) circulates through the pipes to absorb or relinquish heat within the ground.

Geosmart Energy geothermal products can reduce heating and cooling costs by 35 to 70 percent while improving comfort in the home. A variety of piping loops are available, depending on the property and home layout. Government grants are available, and residents can receive up to $7000 by installing a geothermal system in the home. Visit www.geosmartenergy.com. The average installation is $24,000, said Konkle.