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August 2016

Geothermal Cooling & Heating: Save Cash & the Planet Too!

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If you had to guesstimate how much of your monthly energy bill goes to cooling and heating your home, what would you guess? 25 percent? 50 percent?

How about 70 percent? (Yes, you read that right.) For most Canadian homeowners, a full 70 percent of their monthly energy expense goes towards keeping their home cool or warm, depending on the season.

This also holds true whether the energy source is electric, gas, propane, oil, or another type. We live on a planet with ever-dwindling natural resources, so energy of all types is at a premium.

But there is one exception—solar energy. Solar energy is economical, widely available, reliable, and totally renewable and sustainable. Knowing this, if you found out you could heat and cool your home using solar power—saving yourself cash and preserving the planet for your children—would you make the switch?

Read on to find out what you need to know to decide.

Geothermal is the Energy Source Our Planet Ordered

There has never been a better time than now for the HVAC industry to roll out a geothermal energy-based heating and cooling system. Called the Canadian GeoExchange Coalition, or CGC for short, this system harnesses indirect solar energy stored in the earth and water surrounding your home or workplace.

This energy has a zero-carbon footprint and requires no hazardous materials or processes to harness power. It is also cheaper than any other energy source currently available. Plus, since the sun isn't scheduled to burn out for another 5 billion years or so, there is no danger of not having enough energy for everyone who wants to use it.

How Geothermal Cooling & Heating Works

Did you know that, regardless of what your window thermometer reads, the ground outside maintains a consistent temperature of 55°F to 70°F year-round? This means that whether it is 20°F or 120°F, the ground right outside will stay between 55°F and 70°F.

This also means that conditions remain ripe all year to harness geothermal energy right out of the ground your home or business sits upon. Using a series of underground pipes, geothermal energy can be generated to keep your home as warm or cool as you like.

But this isn't all the good news geothermal energy has to share. Consider these facts:

  • For every $1 of electrical energy you use, you could be generating $4 worth of free solar (geothermal) energy.

  • The energy creation and conduction system is housed entirely underground in the underground piping system, so you won't have to hear any noise or endure the sight of any unattractive machinery around your home or workplace.

  • With the energy savings you will generate by switching to geothermal heating and cooling, you can potentially fully recoup your initial investment in the first five years.

  • Each single geothermal heating and cooling system installed offers the planet the equivalent of planting 750 new trees or taking two emissions-producing, fossil fuels-burning vehicles off the roadways.

  • The safety factor of geothermal heating and cooling can't be beat. Geothermal energy production requires no combustion and produces no emissions or fumes.

  • A geothermal heating and cooling system cleans your outdoor and indoor air simultaneously, removing common allergens as it does.

  • Geothermal systems installed under the auspices of the Canadian GeoExchange Coalition guarantee the most reliable, cost-effective, efficient and sustainable heating and cooling available on the market today.

While We're On the Subject of Geothermal....

Here at Gravenhurst Plumbing, Heating & Electric, we are so proud to announce that we have just become the very FIRST firm qualified to offer geothermal heating and cooling under the Canadian GeoExchange Coalition!

As an accredited and certified provider of geothermal based systems, we operate under the code of the CGC itself:

  • The systems we provide deliver the promised benefits.

  • The systems and installation practices are safe.

  • The designers, contractors, and installers are competent and reliable.

  • Full legal and regulatory compliance is guaranteed.

Participation in the CGC's process of accreditation and certification is 100 percent voluntary. We chose to go through the CGC's training program because we wholeheartedly believe that our planet's future and thus our children's future deserve our best effort to conserve natural resources and switch to sustainable energy sources.

We believe that by becoming trained, accredited, and certified as geothermal heating and cooling providers and installers, we can serve you even better, save you more on your energy bills, and provide you with systems that will be safe and reliable to use in your home and workplace over the long term.

P.S. Many of our customers are also able to qualify for energy tax credits by making the switch to geothermal heating and cooling.

What is it Like to Make the Switch to Geothermal?

Geothermal heating and cooling equipment is attractive and compact, and the majority of the system is housed under the ground outside. The main control box is small and nearly silent, and the entire system is Energy Star-certified, so you won't find a more energy-efficient option anywhere.

You control your geothermal unit through an internet-based, cloud-based software program called Symphony that continuously monitors the entire system, from each component's functioning to a historical look at energy use to ongoing cash-saving thermostat adjustments. With Symphony's help, you can monitor, control, and tweak your geothermal heating and cooling system as desired.

Contact Gravenhurst Plumbing, Heating & Electric to Learn More

Gravenhurst Plumbing, Heating & Electric first opened the doors of our family-owned and operated business in 1945. In the ensuing decades, we have participated in many new developments in the energy and plumbing industries.

So whether you need maintenance for your traditional home or office plumbing and HVAC system or you are interested in transitioning to a geothermal-based system, we are honored to participate! Contact us by phone at 877.885.3403 or online.

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