Geothermal Heating and Cooling

At Howell-Oregon Electric Cooperative, members frequently inquire about efficient ways to heat and cool their homes. There are many options, but this article better illustrates the benefits of installing a ground-source heat pump system (GSHP).

The ground absorbs nearly half of the solar energy our planet receives. As a result, the earth remains at a constant, moderate temperature just below its surface all year round. Geothermal heating and cooling systems take advantage of the stable temperature underground using a piping system, commonly referred to as a “loop.” Water circulates in the loop to exchange heat between your home, the ground source heat pump, and the earth, providing geothermal heating, cooling, and hot water at remarkably high efficiencies.

According to Energy Star, an Energy Star rated GSHP will use 30 to 60 percent less energy than a conventional air-source heat pump. However, the amount you can save in energy each year will vary. Ground-source heat pumps can be used in more extreme climates than air-source heat pumps, and customer satisfaction with the systems is very high..

HOEC encourages members to install a GSHP system by offering a rebate of $350 per ton capacity when replacing another type of heating and cooling system or when building a new home.

For information regarding heating and cooling options for your home, contact HOEC Member Services during business hours from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday at 417-256-2131 or toll-free 1-800-HOE-POWER.

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