. Basically… There are two types of geothermal energy. Hi temperature geothermal is dependent upon volcanic activity to heat water to steam that can then run turbines and produce electricity. The type of geothermal energy used for heating and cooling is dependent upon refrigeration techniques that use the ground for a heat sink or a heat source (depending on if it is being used for heating or cooling) It is sometimes called a “ground source heat pump system. “1 While the appropriate wells can be drilled almost anywhere using a body of water avoids the expense of wells altogether and makes this form of heating/cooling very economical. 3 The wells are the major expense. Alternatively long coils can be buried 6 to 10′ underground where this is more practical. 2 While the initial installation can be quite expensive, “with the passage of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, you will receive tax credits worth 30% of the cost (no limit or cap) to install an Energy Star qualified geothermal heat pump in your home to help offset the higher installation costs (system must be installed before December 31, 2016). Visit www. Energystar. Gov for more information. ”
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