When you are building green home or making your existing home more eco-friendly, one of the things to consider is what kind of heating system to use. One system to look into is the geothermal heatpump. This is a very efficient method of heating that has a lower impact on the environment than conventional systems.
The geothermal system uses the earth as a heat source, by extracting heat from the ground via water circulating in a closed pipe. The pipe is located either in a trench or a well. The geothermal heat pump is more efficient that a regular heat pump, because the ground temperature stays constant. Therefore the geothermal pump is pumping the heat through a smaller temperature difference that the regular heat pump which is pumping the heat from the cold air. The GHP ends up using 25-30% less energy. Therefore although they do have a higher installation cost, over time you will save money. By installing a goethermal heat pump, not only will you be conserving energy, but you will also be making a good investment.
Charlottesville has many green built homes and Energy Star homes on the market. There are also several things that you can do with your existing home to make it more environmentally friendly and lower your energy bill at the same time.
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