In 2020, America experienced some of the lowest gas prices ever recorded, when accounting for inflation. This compelled some Americans to hold off on energy-saving, green initiatives. For others, it was a stark reminder of how external forces can cause energy prices to fluctuate and not always to the lower price point. Some homeowners also considered the sustainable value of installing geothermal heating and systems.
How It Works
The earth maintains a constant temperature, regardless of what happens above the soil. This is why earth-ship homes and basements often have smaller fluctuations in temperatures throughout the seasons. When homeowners install geothermal systems, contractors use pipes to connect the home to that heat source in the earth.
The system then uses the constant temperature in the earth versus the temperatures above the earth to regulate temperatures inside the home. This same principle can also be used to cool the home.
Why Consider Geothermal Heating
If your focus is on saving the planet, geothermal energy is certainly not the only or least expensive option available to you. However, if you look at the variable costs of owning a home, your energy bill likely ranks among the highest and is most commonly decided by how much air conditioning you use. Geothermal systems can help to eliminate this concern. Not only do you save on your energy bill, but you can have a more comfortable home, guilt-free.
Geothermal systems also tend to be extremely reliable. When you live in cold and snowy climates, this is an essential part of making it through the winter. The last thing you want is to be without heat on the night you get snow and temperatures drop below zero.
Geothermal heating will not solve the pending energy crisis and will not independently reverse climate change. Even so, it is one of the many steps homeowners can take now to protect the planet for future generations and save on their monthly bills today.