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Smart Guide to Geothermal How to Harvest Earth's Free Energy for Heating and Cooling

ISBN-10: 0977372480
ISBN-13: 9780977372485
Edition: 2011
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Book details

List price: $19.95
Copyright year: 2011
Publisher: PixyJack Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 5/15/2011
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 192
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.50" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.550
Language: English

Discover why geothermal heating and cooling is the most energy efficient technology available to homeowners, and how all homes--new or retrofit, in hot or cold climates--can use this reliable, silent, non-polluting way of extracting free energy from the earth. Contents: ¿ Geothermal system options, including open-loop, closed-loop and DX configurations, using horizontal and vertical earth loops ¿ The importance of finding a qualified contractor ¿ Costs, tax credits and payback issues, plus calculating increased home values ¿ Who is using geothermal energy, including the author¿s firsthand experiences, home profiles from around the country as well as an overview of commercial/institutional projects ¿ How solar electricity can be used to power the system, plus other future trends ¿ Unraveling the science and technology of geothermal heat pumps (GHPs) ¿ Understanding GHP performance standards, ratings and warranties ¿ Comprehensive appendix with helpful resources (manufacturers, associations, etc.) and a career section for those interested in entering the field

Foreword
Preface
Introduction: It Is More Efficient to Transfer than Burn
The Big Picture: What Geothermal Energy Is and Why You Want It
A Different Approach to Heating & Cooling
How I Learned to Get Even with the Oil Company
How a Geothermal Heat Pump (GHP) Works: Borrowing Heat from the Earth
Ground-Source Solutions: Open vs. Closed Loops
Direct Exchange (DX) Geothermal Systems
Using Your Well as the Heat Source
Geothermal Advantages/Disadvantages
Does a Geothermal System Really Increase a Home's Market Value?
Learning to Live With a GHP System
Reducing Operating (Electrical) Costs
Geothermal Plus Solar Energy: A Perfect Match
What Will It Cost?
Taking Advantage of Rebates & Tax Credits
Payback: When Do You Get Your Money Back?
Finding a Contractor
Unraveling the Science & Technology of Geothermal Heat Pumps
The Inside Story of Geothermal Super Efficiencies
A Look Inside: How GHPs Deliver Heat Into Your Home
The Importance of GHP Performance Standards
The Broader View: A Look Beyond Residential to the Global Market
The Geothermal Marketplace
Commercial/Institutional Geothermal Systems
Future Trends
Decision Time & My Ultimate Geothermal Package
Earth-Smart Home Case Studies
Epilogue: The Disappearing Stars
Appendix
Frequently Asked Questions
Helpful Links and Resources
Residential GHP Manufacturers
State Energy Offices
Geothermal Careers: Joining the Industry
Index
List of Graphics
Acknowledgments
About the Author & Technical Advisor

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