See GEO during the Illinois Geothermal Tour, Saturday, September 21

Posted by Casey Scranton on Thu, Aug 08,2013 @ 10:30 AM

 

The Illinois Geothermal Tour is coming to a location near you. On Saturday, September 21, homes and businesses with geothermal systems will open their doors for a series of open house events hosted by geothermal contractors and utilities. The geothermal tour is being organized and sponsored by the Geothermal Alliance of Illinois, the statewide organization for the geo industry.

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Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn has declared September 21 as Geothermal Day in Illinois, and encourages residents of the Land of Lincoln to learn more about this renewable energy technology.

West-central Illinois is a hotbed for geothermal heat pumps. There might be more geo in this little part of the world than anywhere else on earth. In fact, energy efficiency expert Doug Rye calls the Quincy area the geothermal capital of the world.

But just in case you haven’t heard about geothermal, here’s how it works…..  Geothermal systems use the earth’s naturally-produced energy to provide heating and cooling for homes and businesses across Illinois. Most geo systems circulate fluid though a closed loop pipe system installed underground, either horizontally at 6-10 foot depths, or vertically at depths of up to 500 feet or more. Because the earth is typically about 55 degrees, year-round in Illinois, the geothermal heat pump can efficiently extract heat from the fluid in the loop in the winter months, then reverse itself and pump heat back into the loop during air conditioning season. As a free byproduct, most geothermal systems can also produce a significant portion of a home’s hot water needs.

Because they use no fossil fuels and have no combustion, geothermal systems typically provide energy savings of 50 percent or even more.  This is why people love geo for new homes, as it typically cuts their home energy bills at least in half. Geothermal can work just as well in a retrofit situation, often replacing a propane furnace and central air conditioning unit.

Want to learn more about geothermal and how it can save you Money and Energy! Check out the IL Geothermal Tour on Saturday, September 21. Scranton Heating and Cooling is a proud GAOI member and will host an open house at 307 NW Cross St, Mt. Sterling, IL  62353. The event will be held from 10 am to 3 pm. For more overall info about the Illinois Geothermal Tour, please visit the Geothermal Alliance of Illinois website at www.gaoi.org and click on the tour icon.

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Illinois Geothermal Rebates Available Through HomE Lite program

Posted by Casey Scranton on Wed, Jan 16,2013 @ 03:09 PM

For those of you who are Member/Owners on a ruralHom e Lite 248x300  electric coop in Illinois, here is some good news, but only if you act quickly on it.

Funds are available do be dispersed to homeowners who invest in energy upgrades to their homes via the HomE Lite program.

It is very easy to qualify to receive these big rebates, but, I stress, this is for a very limited time.  It runs until June 30, 2013, or until the money is gone.  The chances of the money being there on June 30 are slim to none (that's my personal, completely educated guess:)  

Here is a link to the Adams Electric Coop website where you can get more details on the program:  http://www.adamselectric.coop/homelite

The investments you can make in your home's efficiency that qualify are these:

1)Residential Geothermal - $1500

2)Residential Air Source Heat Pump (min 16 SEER) - $1000

3)Commercial Geothermal or Heat Pump (min 16 SEER) - $500/ton, $10,000 max)

4)Insulation/Weatherization - 50% of project cost up to $1000.

5)Heat Pump Water Heater - $250

6)Complete BPI Energy Audit - up to $300 with purchase of at least one upgrade recommended in audit report

These are some pretty big incentives to make upgrades today.

If you have any questions about this program after reading this, fell free to contact me or your local rural electric coop.

Making an investment in these home improvements is always a good idea, but right now it's a bit more affordable.  Get it while it's still available!!!

 

Blog Update:  The rebate funds have been used.  These rebates are no longer available:(

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