Geothermal Articles & Literature

#1 – Knoxville News Sentinel Article: “Homeowner Puts In A Year Of Work On Model Of Frugality”

This inventive and well-designed low energy home contains a Geothermal System designed and installed by A&C Geothermal. A picture of the homeowner next to the System is featured in the above article and the system itself is referenced as well.

Please find this article at:http://www.knoxnews.com/news/2011/jul/05/built-to-save-energy/

For a link directly to the picture of the home owner and the system: “Eric Enos, pictured June 26, 2011, in the attic of his energy-efficient home, stands next to the geothermal heating and cooling pump for the new home” http://www.knoxnews.com/photos/2011/jul/04/126180/

#2 – Knoxville News Sentinel Article: “Turning The Sun Into Gold”

As most East Tennesseans sweat out spiking electric bills with each rising degree, some homeowners are going in a different direction – and no, I don’t mean left. In fact, give them credit for giving rise to a newfangled manufacturing sector creating jobs and revenue in Tennessee…

Please find this article at: http://www.knoxnews.com/news/2011/jul/17/turning-the-sun-into-gold/

#3 – Knoxville News Sentinel Article: “Underground HVAC System Gaining Fans”

While geothermal heating and cooling isn’t a new technology, it’s experiencing something of a boom thanks to tax credits, budget tightening and growing interest in being more environment friendly and energy efficient…

Please find this at: http://www.knoxnews.com/news/2010/sep/20/underground-hvac-system-gaining-fans/

#4 – Knoxville News Sentinel Article: “On Time, Under Budget” Hardin Valley Academy’s Geothermal HVAC System

Long-term savings come from not having a traditional heat-and-air system, he said. In addition to operational savings – Galyon estimates the geothermal system will pay for itself in less than five years – there should be savings in future capital outlays.

“By putting in geothermal, you don’t have a boiler and you don’t have a cooling tower,” Galyon said. “Those are two high-maintenance items.”

Please find this article at: http://www.knoxnews.com/news/2008/aug/04/on-time-under-budget/

#5 — “Ten Myths About Geothermal Heating and Cooling” an article by National Geographic

Synopsis: A lot of information out there on geothermal heating and cooling is based on outdated information, or outright myths.  This article attempts to “bust” the myths!

Please find the study at:  http://energyblog.nationalgeographic.com/2013/09/17/10-myths-about-geothermal-heating-and-cooling/

#6 — Studies by the U.S. Department of Energy for a Commercial Building in Kentucky

Synopsis: The Waterfront Office Building in Louisville, Kentucky, completed in 1994, is one of the largest Geothermal HVAC systems in the world. The entire complex has over 4,700 tons of geothermal capacity for heating and air conditioning.

The hotel operating costs for the geothermal system are estimated at $1.50 to for the same energy service as $15 to $20 with a conventional system. Over the long run, energy cost savings in the hotel complex have been dramatic — about $25,000 a month.

Hotel utility costs have been reduced by $272,700 a year, with total energy savings approximately 5.6 million KWh a year.

Please find the study at: http://www.segeothermal.com/cs-010.pdf

#7 – Two Almost Identical Buildings are Studied to Examine Geothermal vs. Forced Air

Synopsis: The best of times is when operating costs are cut in half and customer satisfaction is up. That’s the case with Steve Garrett, building owner, who has seen the difference a well-designed geothermal heating and cooling system can make in operating costs and occupant comfort. His two buildings, located on the same property in Oklahoma City, demonstrate the stark contrast in energy costs between the variable air system and the geothermal closed-loop system.

Energy efficiency, environmentally friendly and improved comfort levels all attest to the benefits of geothermal technology and what it offers to the world as a renewable energy source.

Please find this study at: http://www.climatemaster.com/downloads/LC309.pdf

#8 – U.S. Military Geothermal installations at Fort Campbell, K.Y.

“These houses are the Army’s first zero energy homes; they represent the Army’s and Actus Lend Lease’s commitment to sustainability, energy efficiency and good stewardship of our natural resources.” said Col. Perry Clark, garrison commander. “The Army can no longer be casual about energy consumption. We’re in the middle of a shift from a culture of mission-focused consumption to one that includes sustainability as a means to increase our defense capability.”

The annual energy savings per home is expected to be more than $1,000 a year. If these savings were projected for all of the 4,457-homes at Campbell Crossing, long-term benefits would include an annual savings of up to $4.6 million.

Please find this article at: http://www.phcnews.com/july_11/campbell_feature.php

#9 – Knoxville News Sentinel Article: “Geothermal Popularity Heats Up as Energy Costs Soar” Article on Kevin and Jim Clayton (of Clayton Homes) geothermal experiences

“That stable, year-round constant temperature makes the system work so much more efficiently than a standard heat pump,” says Kevin Clayton, who first experienced geothermal in his 4,500-square-foot Louisville, Tenn. residence, and averaged $140 monthly utility bills.

Please find this article at: http://www.knoxnews.com/news/2008/Jun/23/geothermal-popularity-heats-energy-costs-soar/