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Green Builder Media

Tuesday, February 2, 2016 - 8:45am

CAMPAIGN: Energy Solutions

CONTENT: Blog

LET'S FACE IT, WE ARE CREATURES OF HABIT, and when we get used to paying a certain amount for utilities, and become accustomed to replacing our air-conditioners every 10 or 15 years, why mess with the status quo? Want proof? Consider the metric system. It seems that in the US, it takes a couple of generations of adaptation, and then significant arm twisting to pull us out of our habitual comfort zones.

Many of us may remember the poor air quality in the cities during the 1970’s, before catalytic converters were required on cars. There were precious few that would spend the extra thousand dollars to install one. Cities in the US and beyond would have even worse air quality now if not for the laws requiring catalytic converters on cars.

There are some beneficial things that seem too expensive, difficult or even impractical, such as digging and drilling in a yard to put in a new heating and air conditioning system. And because it’s going to cost more up front, it becomes an impossible obstacle for many when compared to sticking with the old standard. 

New York City (NYC) and many other governments have passed laws requiring reductions in combustion heating to reduce CO2 emissions (much like the catalytic converter scenario). This ultimately necessitates the use of geothermal heat pumps (GHPs), the only way to heat in cold climates without burning fossil fuels (reducing carbon emissions). Spare real estate on which to install geothermal loops is limited in the City, so they commissioned a study. From that study came the realization that there are multiple ways to do geothermal in tight spots, so they passed a law requiring geothermal to be considered in every change out and new construction project in the City.

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Keywords: Energy | Energy Efficiency | Environment | Green Builder Media | Jay Egg | Utilities | geothermal

CAMPAIGN: Energy Solutions

CONTENT: Blog

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