When my husband and I started planning to build a home from the ground up, we were prepared to invest more money to trim long-term expenses.
We knew that by installing Energy Star rated, thermal pane windows, we could lessen energy waste and save on utility bills.
We recognized that a higher quality and efficiency water heater would pay for itself within a few years. Since heating and cooling is responsible for about fifty percent of household energy usage, temperature control was a main priority. We researched all different types of furnaces, boilers and air conditioners and considered the different efficiency ratings. We discovered that geothermal heat pumps offer the highest efficiency levels, often generating four times more energy than they draw. This is possible because the system doesn’t burn fossil fuels buts simply moves heat from one location to another. The geothermal heat pump takes advantage of the renewable energy source available in our own backyard. Because the earth absorbs the sun’s heat and remains at a relatively stable temperature all year round, there is a free source of energy. When we looked into the installation of a geothermal heat pump we were shocked by the cost. Adding in the price of the geothermal system made a considerable impact on our budget. The excavation to implement the ground loop system was the reason for the major expense. However, once we moved into our house, the savings on our heating and cooling bills would quickly recover the investment. We could maintain ideal year round temperature for approximately a dollar a day. There’s also the benefits of reducing our carbon footprint and enjoying superior safety and indoor air quality. After quite a bit of debate, we decided to go ahead with the geothermal heat pump. We also installed solar panels to handle our power demands, making the operation of the heat pump completely free.