Last week, we here at The Mazzei Group wrote about how we were proud to have been chosen to help build Teri’s House, a home for Teri Russo, her children with Down syndrome, as well as a future home for future people with Down syndrome and mental illness to live.
The house will be heated by Geothermal energy.
Many people still do not fully understand what, exactly, Geothermal energy is, nor what it entails.
In it’s simplest form, Geothermal energy means the heat from the Earth. In this case, specifically the hot water found a few miles below the surface.
According to Geothermal Energy World:
“A geothermal heat pump system consists of a heat pump, an air delivery system (ductwork), and a heat exchanger-a system of pipes buried in the shallow ground near the building. In the winter, the heat pump removes heat from the heat exchanger and pumps it into the indoor air delivery system. In the summer, the process is reversed, and the heat pump moves heat from the indoor air into the heat exchanger. The heat removed from the indoor air during the summer can also be used to provide a free source of hot water.”
Major Geothermal power plants of today make use of underground reservoirs for the generation of electricity in the more-Western American states. They use the steam from them to power generators, while others use the hot water to boil a working fluid that vaporizes and then turns a turbine to create electricity to power everything from homes and greenhouses to drying crops and pasteurizing milk.
Geothermal energy is a safe and environmentally-conscious alternative to traditional forms of big energy resources such a coal and nuclear power.