Category: ‘Appliances’

Geothermal Heat Pump

September 26, 2011 Posted by Tlittle

Beneath surface of the ground the temperature maintains a greater consistency of temperature through natural insulation, this is more evident the deeper one goes (just 6ft below the land’s surface the temperature fluctuates only 30 degrees Fahrenheit). Tapping into this resource of consistent temperature in order to counter the fluctuations found on the surface is a very green concept and one that requires very little energy.

Geothermal Heat pump’s (GHP) don’t create heat, they transfer and move it through a series of pipes that move cold air in the winter below to conduct the warmer core temperature, and the reverse in the summer with warm air converting to the cooler temperatures below. This means that the process of heating your home is without the reliance on propane, natural gas or other fossil-fuel sources and are up to 60% cheaper to operate than conventional means.

Due to the complexity of installment and initiation GHP’s are not a feasible DIY project and cost around $3000-$10,000 depending on a number of variables  including the size of the house, the estimated heat loss of the house, and the surrounding climate with the average home requiring a system costing $7,000.

Energy Efficient Appliances

September 15, 2011 Posted by Tlittle

Appliances generally contribute to 15% of the house energy bill, and If you were to look at the energy efficiency of modern dishwashers, refrigerators, and washing machines which can save up to 75%  of energy compared to the appliances in the average house (especially if they are older than 20yrs) . It makes plenty of sense to update them taking advantage of the approved rating systems.

Keep in mind that front loader washing machines use less energy that top-loaders, Refrigerators with a top or bottom freezer use less energy than their side-by-side counterparts, and it will aid in the fridge’s efficiency to position it away from the sun or windows. Dishwasher technology is developing in such a way that in order for a current model to gain an approved ‘Energy Star’ it must be over 40% more efficient than the average standard in 2007.