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Geothermal is for everyone

Now is the time to consider a geothermal system.

Your own backyard has the potential to be an energy source for heating and cooling comfort. Outdoor air temperatures fluctuate throughout the year with the changing seasons.

In contrast, ground temperatures about four to six feet below the Earth’s surface remain relatively moderate and constant all year. That’s because the Earth absorbs heat energy from the sun. A geothermal system circulates a water-based solution through a buried loop system to take advantage of these constant temperatures.

A single piece of equipment has the ability to heat and cool your home, while providing some or all of your home’s hot water as well. Geothermal systems can save you 30 percent to 70 percent on your monthly utility bills.

Positive cash flow
From the day you install your new geothermal system, you’ll see immediate savings.

A perfect example of this is in new home construction. The extra cost of installing geothermal marginally raises the mortgage payment but the energy savings more than make up the difference.

So, not only do you have better comfort, lower energy costs, and higher property value, it’s like someone is paying you to live in your new home from day one! Retrofitted systems in existing homes can work much the same way.

Heating cycle
During the heating cycle, the fluid circulates through the loop extracting heat from the ground. The heat energy is transferred to the geothermal unit.

The unit compresses the extracted heat to a high temperature and delivers it to your home through a normal duct system or radiant heat system.

Cooling cycle
For cooling, the process is simply reversed. Because the earth is much cooler than the air temperatures on a hot day, the geothermal system removes heat from the home and deposits it into the ground. The fluid is cooled by the ground temperatures and returned to the unit for cooling your home.

The heart of the system – geothermal loops
Your loop system is the heart of geothermal technology. Regardless of the option you select, it will deliver over 300-plus percent efficient comfort and savings for many years into the future. Your local geothermal dealer will help you select the proper loop system based on a site survey and by conducting a detailed energy analysis of your home.

What are people saying?
With well over 1,000 geothermal systems installed in Eastern Illini’s service territory, it is a good bet that some of your friends and neighbors already have a geothermal system. Here are some of their thoughts:

Aaron Tuller: “It’s quiet and clean, and I appreciate that there is no open flame in the house. I actually put in a propane furnace first, but then quickly replaced it with the geothermal system. I’m now saving over $1,000 a year on my utility bills.”

Ken Suits: “We like it because of the efficiency and comfort. It provides clean, even heat. We liked the geothermal system so much that we convinced our daughter to install it in her home. Now they love it just as much.”

Dale Albin: “We’ve had our system for about nine years now and are still very happy with it. The house is a constant temperature, and we are very comfortable. Even during heating season, our total electric bill is under $250 a month.”

Tax savings
Through 2016, you can get a 30 percent tax credit for the entire cost of your geothermal system. That tax savings makes the normally higher up-front cost more manageable.

For more information, visit the energy efficiency section of our website or call us at 800-824-5102.

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