How is geothermal energy used?
Geothermal energy is a renewable energy source that comes from the earth’s natural heat. It can be used in many ways, including directly to heat homes and offices, power electrical grids and even desalinate water.
Geothermal heat pumps
Geothermal heat pumps use the temperature of the Earth to heat and cool buildings, reducing energy costs by up to 80%. These systems are more expensive than conventional heating and cooling systems, but they can be more efficient because they don’t require electricity or natural gas.
The average payback time for geothermal heat pumps is 7 years.
Ground source heat pumps
Ground source heat pumps use the ground as a heat source and heat sink. The heat pump uses a refrigerant to transfer heat from one place to another. It’s placed outside the house and connected to a series of pipes buried in the ground. As temperature changes occur, the refrigerant moves through these pipes, transferring either hot or cold air into your home depending on which type of system you have installed.
Direct use of geothermal energy for space heating and cooling
Direct use of geothermal energy for space heating and cooling is the most common application of geothermal energy. This method can be used in many countries around the world, including the United States and Canada. Direct use applies to residential buildings as well as commercial and industrial facilities (such as hospitals or schools).
Geothermal energy can be used for heating and cooling homes, powering electrical grids and even desalinating water.
Geothermal energy can be used for heating and cooling homes, powering electrical grids, and even desalinating water.
Geothermal energy is a renewable energy source because it’s constantly being replenished by the earth’s heat. This means that geothermal resources won’t run out any time soon–and unlike fossil fuels or nuclear power plants (which release carbon dioxide into our atmosphere), geothermal sources don’t cause global warming.
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