Ԫ Build By Design :: Geothermal (part 1)

Save Money, Be More Comfortable, and Be Environmentally-Friendly All at Once!


By landing here on this message you have begun a journey into learning about the most significant advance in ecologically sound building practices to date.

The debate as to whether or not we need to reduce our impact on the planet is over. Sure, some may still argue about how much man is responsible for and how much we can do about it, but we do know we're responsible for much of it and that we can do something about it. Every major scientific study now concludes that the burning of fossil fuels contributes to water, ground and air pollution and to global warming, and that reducing our personal carbon footprints can make a difference.

Where do you begin? How about this for a start: a geothermal ground-source heat system is the most environmentally responsible heating and cooling alternative available today, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. Keep reading to learn more...

Since you are here right now, reading this, we know you want to make a difference just as we do. Thank you for joining us in this cause, and welcome!

Whether You Do or Don't, You Make a Difference

If you heat your house, use hot water, heat your home, light your home, wash your dishes or clothes with appliances, run a refrigerator, watch television, cook on a stove or in an oven or on a barbeque, or use your fireplace you are contributing to the emission of greenhouse gases. Do you do any of these things? Now that I think about it, by reading this you're using your computer and emitting greenhouse gases right now! (What are greenhouse gases?)

Any time you burn anything (natural gas, coal, oil or wood, for example) to produce heat for any purpose—such as those listed above—you emit both pollutants and greenhouse gases. And when you use electricity for uses that involve heavy electrical draw—air conditioning, for example—you also contribute significantly to greenhouse gas production because your utility company emits greenhouse gases when producing electricity.

We don't expect you to stop doing all of these things, and you know you won't. However, it turns out some very clever minds have been hard at work figuring out how to minimize the amount of greenhouse gases emitted by all of these activities. We believe the smart thing is to address the biggest uses first. So we ask: which activity has the greatest impact? For most families, the most significant use of power is heating and cooling your home. In fact, according to the U.S Department of Energy home heating and cooling and water heating combined account for 70% of our residential energy needs1.

So let's start where we have the greatest potential gain—heating and cooling your home. Welcome to our passion, and thanks for sharing the cause with us.

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1 Stephanie J. Battles, Survey Manager, "Residential Energy Consumption Surveys," Energy Information Administration, U.S Department of Energy

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