Heating Your House The Green Way

By: Lauri Martin Email
By: Lauri Martin Email

Heating your house this winter can be costly during these chilly nights, but imagine not having to pay a gas heating bill at all.

That will soon be the case for one Monument woman, who is building an almost completely green house.

Here how it works: six holes are getting drilled near a house under construction. They will soon be filled with copper tubing. Those tubes will tap into the earth's warm crust and help power the house.

"Six feet to 100 feet below us, the earth remains at a constant temperature, about 50-55 degrees," said Roy Checketts with Affordable Air Care.

The geothermal unit, which hasn't been installed yet at the house, will then use that heat to warm up water. That water then travels through white tubes underneath the floors in the house.

"In each room, there’s a thermostat. By turning it up, it increases the flow of water into that room and heats it up," said Checketts.

Using the water-based radiant heat virtually gets rid of a gas heating bill.

"It's becoming more popular. The initial cost is expensive, but if you incorporate it into your morgage, it’s cost effective and will pay for itself 7-10 years down the road," said Roy Wood with Silverwood Homes.

The house won't be done for several more days, but once it's complete, it'll be one of less than 100 geothermal homes in Colorado.

Geothermal users will still have an electricity bill because that's how the geo-thermal unit runs. Going green like this costs about $10-30,000.

For more information on geothermal heating, Click Here

You can also call Roy Checketts with Affordable Air Care at 719-380-1600.

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  • by Dorit Location: Black Forest on Apr 17, 2008 at 06:37 AM
    We have refurbished our house with a geothermal furnace when we bought it in 2006. We love it - the heatpump uses less electricity than the previous furnace and there is NO gas bill for heating the house! I liked the article, but i seriously doubt there are less than 100 geothermal houses in CO. We had ours installed by Ed from Blackforest Heating - contact him, he is a great guy!
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