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.
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.