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In th simplest definition, geothermal heating nd cooling i th u f th earth's temperature t heat

nd cool ur house. Pretty simple, no? Althugh th systems n ! e"pensi#e t install $especially n
n lrd e"isting house%, n in &l thr i a '()*(+ reduction in utility !ills fr heating r
cooling. Plus, thr i n pollution r !urning f fossil fuels, ,hih i incredi!ly important in today's
day nd age.
-l, th earth's surface th temperature tnd t stay right rund .. degrees /ahrenheit. 0 matter
,ht th temperature utid is, tht temperature i pretty constant. And geothermal energy u thi
sta!le temperature t cool ur house in th summer nd heat th house in th ,inter. 1ort f li2
radiant heating inside fr ur floor, channels r dug utid int th ground nd pipes laid int thm
circulate ,ater $or refrigerant% thrughut th house, n direction during th ,inter t dra, in th
,armer ,ater nd th thr direction in th summer t send th heat utid nd !ring th cooler
temperature ,ater inside.
3eothermal energy h !n rund fr a lng time, #n th 4omans ud t u it t heat th ,ater in
thir !athhouses. 0turl hot springs u #isit n #acation r th result f geothermal energy. 1m
places, li2 Iceland, h# ,ater hot undr th surface tht th n tull u th steam t po,er
!uildings5 6f course, thi i nturl geothermal energy nd nt th artificial 2ind , create t u fr
ur houses, !ut till u gt th idea. /rm 7limate.org, hr r m , tht , n access
geothermal energy nd ,ht forms it m in8
)in hydrothermal reser#oirs f steam r hot ,ater trapped in roc2. 9h reser#oirs r concentrated in
&rtiulr regions a result f geologic processes.
)in th heat f th shallo, ground. 7alled :earth energy,: thi geothermal source i found #r,hr
nd i th nrml temperature f th ground t shallo, depths. ;arth energy i nt :enhanced !y:
geologic process nd thrfr i nt hot thr geothermal sources.
)in th hot dry roc2 found #r,hr !t,n .)<( miles !eneath th earth's surface nd t #n
shallo,er depths in areas f geologic acti#ity.
)in magma, molten r partially molten roc2, tht n reach temperatures f u& t <=(( 7 r =<>= /.
?hil m magma i found t accessi!le depths, muh f it lies t deep t ! reached ! urrnt
technology.
)in geopressuri@ed !rines hot, pressuri@ed ,aters ntining dissol#ed methane tht r found <(,((( t
=(,((( feet !l, th surface.
;#r single house nd !uilding in th ,orld $,ell, ,hr u n u geothermal% huld ! uing thi
t heat nd cool thir open spaces. Imagine if #r home in ur city uld ! heated nd cooled uing
minl nl th earth's temperature...there ,uld ! l pollution lmt immediately5 1upposedly,
Aut ! estimating fr th houses uing geothermal in thi country f today, it i li2 th eBui#alent f
reducing ur oil consumption ! =< million !arrels f oil &r year. 9ht i th th amount tht th C.1.
consumes in n day, !ut imagine if #r house !uilt frm hr n ut ud geothermal energy...,e
uld reduce ur dependence n thi dirty fossil fuel nd reduce pollution in ur en#ironment t th
m time.