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Combine eco-friendly technologies to increase sustainability

Tue, 02/12/2013 - 14:54

What combination of technologies will best support a sustainability initiative? In the northeast, homeowners are faced with a lot of utility options and may be struggling to select the one that will best keep their home warm during the frigid winters and cool during the rising temperatures of summer. 
In addition, homeowners are faced with trying to choose a utility energy option that won't cause their monthly bills to skyrocket.
"Maine citizens are nearly 80 percent dependent on oil to heat their homes and are increasingly vulnerable to rapid price escalations, fossil fuel supply curtailments and infrastructure disruptions," states a 2011 report from the Governor's Energy Office titled, 'Residential Geothermal Heating and Cooling Systems in Maine,' according to The Free Press. "In addition, combustion of fossil fuels for heating purposes damages the environment, threatens public health and undermines the state's economic vitality."
A report published by The Free Press claims that a combination of geothermal heating and radiant floor heating is an ideal way for homeowners to reduce operational expenses. The piping used for geothermal heating can easily be coupled with the piping required for transporting heat around the home. 
Geothermal heating alone can increase the efficiency of a heating system by 300 percent to 600 percent on the coldest nights, according to the U.S. Department of Energy. This efficiency is much higher than that of air-source heat pumps, which are a more traditional solution in residential properties. 
Combined with radiant floor heating, the two utility options could help a homeowner drastically reduce his or her heating energy bills and limit the carbon footprint associated with the property.