Geothermal Heating – The Future of Home Heating

Geothermal heating is really starting to catch on with the makers of appliances to heat homes, offices, and even water. People are beginning to see that the planet cannot sustain itself if we do not find ways to do the things we want without taking things away from it. Environmentally friendly heat sources will help to save the planet for future generations.

In the past people thought very little of what their habits, desires, and needs, were doing to the planet around them. They cut down trees so that they could heat their homes so quickly that the depleted some species of trees. The created problems with the air because there were no longer enough trees and plants to filter the air and make it good for us.

People started to dig huge tunnels under the ground so they could get the coal out of the ground. Coal miming was a dangerous activity, but people used coal to power the steam engines that pulled the trains. They also used the coal to heat their homes and businesses. More and more coal was required as the earth became populated with more and more people. The mining of this coal created huge caverns in the earth that would occasionally collapse in on them. Sometimes during the collapse the cavern would cause death to one or more of the people that were digging the coal out.

Geothermal heating requires nothing to be removed from the earth. The way that the heat is extracted is safe and there is not a danger of anyone being killed or injured by the activity of using this source of natural occurring heat.

That is the deal altogether. Geothermal heating is a natural occurring process that no one has to do anything to create. People have just discovered easier ways of harnessing this natural heat and applying it to the interiors of their homes.

The human race has begun to appreciate their planet and that is why in the future almost every building will be heated and cooled by using the power of the naturally occurring heat from beneath the surface of the earth. This heat happens in cold climates and it happens in warm climates as well. The type of soil that is in the area where you live does make a difference in the way the pipes are installed that extract the heat, but …

Geothermal Energy – The Other Renewable Energy

When it comes to renewable energy, wind and solar are the media darlings. Every time I hear renewable energy mentioned on TV or radio, it’s always wind and solar. If geothermal is mentioned, it’s an afterthought, and said almost under the announcer’s breath. Why? Given the immense importance of the United States’ (and the world’s) energy future, this is not the time to complacent. The stakes are too high as global warming looms large over our collective heads and the era of easily-accessible fossil fuels winds down. Our transition away from hydrocarbons to renewable energy is way too critical for any of us not to be informed about all available viable options.

Why you ask? Because informed and motivated citizens equates to political action which in turn starts the flow of money for development. We are all influenced by the media and public opinion. This is especially true of politicians. Why do you think they spend so much money doing polling. It is their way of determining what we, the public, want from them. We should also be wanting geothermal energy.

Solar and wind are viable alternatives but they have their detractions. So does geothermal. But given the facts, geothermal, at the very least, deserves equal billing. Actually, the US is already the world’s largest producer of electricity from geothermal. A fact that few, outside of the geothermal industry, know. According to the Geothermal Energy Association, “geothermal power makes up a total of 3.15 gigawatts (GW) of installed capacity in the United States, its largest producer, and more than 10 GW worldwide.” So, while geothermal gets fewer headlines and media attention it actually supplies more mega-watt hours of electricity than either wind or solar.

Geothermal power plants provide what is known as base load power i.e., they produce power at a constant rate, just like coal-fired, natural gas, hydroelectricity or nuclear power plants. Wind and solar energy are generally considered intermittent power sources. That doesn’t mean that wind and solar are unimportant, we need all three – four if you add in hydropower. Geothermal resources are not available everywhere, at least not for power plants. Home geothermal heat exchangers are used almost anywhere.

Fortunately, in the US, geothermal development is, albeit quietly, on the rise. According to the Geothermal Energy Association, “geothermal power projects grew 46 percent last year. That’s up from about 30 percent growth in 2008.” …