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May 13, 2013

Geothermal on “This Old House”

We know you probably haven’t met us yet. We hope you do someday, by the way. Until that day comes though, we understand that your sharp consumer instincts mean you’re hesitant to take us at our word. That’s normal, and we get it.

Here’s a guy you’ve probably spent a serious amount of time with, through your TV of course, and probably trust completely. We’re talking about Kevin O’Connor from the show “This Old House.”

Kevin and the crew from “This Old House” recently featured a house installing a Geothermal heating and cooling system, and you can watch him talk to the contractor about why it’s such a smart decision. You can check it out here. When you do, skip to “Scene 5″ if you want to go straight to the Geothermal part.

They bring up good points about efficiency and cost savings, but we only wish they would have talked about the safety and comfort benefits as well!

Apr 23, 2013

A Geothermal Joke

The Joke

Question:
How can a green technology secretly become mainstream?

Answer:
It goes underground!

Just Kidding, But Seriously

Because geothermal technology is silent and invisible, most people don’t realize how well-established the technology is.  You might be surprised by its popularity.

How mainstream is geothermal?

Pretty darn.  There have been over one million home installations in US alone.  Unlike solar energy or wind power, there is no big, noticeable equipment above ground screaming, “I’m green technology, look at me!”

While some people view green technology as a status symbol, our customers are most concerned with the results of their investment and see geothermal’s low profile as yet another benefit of the technology.

So it’s a proven technology?

Heck yes.  This is not new technology, and there is nothing experimental about it.  In Sweden and Switzerland, which have had much faster adoption of efficient building practices, more than 75% of new home builds incorporate geothermal technology.

Homes have been using geothermal systems for decades, and their performance and reliability are well known.  The only thing holding back its growth is one of its greatest benefits:  It is invisible and silent.  Most people will never know they drove past, or even walked into a “geothermal home” so its popularity is hidden.

Keep It Under a Bushel? No!

There’s nothing saying you have to keep quiet about your geothermal installation though. Don’t be afraid to flaunt your savings when your friends ask how you’re affording that vacation or boat.

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Apr 16, 2013

Green Resources for Teachers

An excitement for the future

It should be no surprise that we here at Earthwarm see geothermal and other green technologies as the future.  We work to install and improve the technologies today so our children have a better future, and we believe that these efficient and environmentally friendly technologies will be the standard in the years to come.

And a love of education

We also believe that the bright minds of our children will accomplish things we can’t even imagine, in large part thanks to the amazing teachers they will have along the way.

Today we stumbled across a great tool from the U.S. Department of Energy aimed at helping teachers inspire a love of science through lesson plans founded on understanding different “Green” technologies.

This tool allows teachers to search based on keywords or pre-selected topics (everything from solar to geothermal, biomass to hydro, hydrogen to wind energy), as well as grade level.  It then displays a list of comprehensive, standards-based lesson plans teachers can fold into their instructions.

We hope that this tool helps educators inspire young minds to pursue promising careers in science and the green economy of the future.