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Just Say Yes to Geothermal

Renewable Energy Production is Key

As kids, we were told, “Don’t play with matches.” But, as adults, we ignore this warning and play with fire to heat our homes and office buildings, and our laws and policies encourage it. It doesn’t have to be that way. It’s my opinion that we need to create paths to safer, cleaner, and more efficient energy sources.


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The Lowest Cost Unit of Energy

Geothermal Heat Pumps Can Help Curb Energy Waste in Buildings

A recent study by Ceres, “Practicing Risk-Aware Electricity Regulation: What Every State Regulator Needs to Know,” concluded that the least cost and least risk for future energy resources is energy efficiency. 


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Energy Efficiency, Geothermal Heat Pumps, and ‘Negawatts’

The Lowest Cost Unit of Energy Is One That Is Not Used
A recent study by Ceres — “Practicing Risk-Aware Electricity Regulation: What Every State Regulator Needs to Know” — concluded that the least cost and least risk for future energy resources is energy efficiency. Indeed, the lowest cost unit of energy is one that is not used.


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Geothermal Is Renewable and Efficient

The question arises from time to time in building industry blogs about whether or not geothermal heat pumps (GHPs) are a source of renewable energy. So where do they fit? 


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Chris Mathis, president of Mathis Consulting Co. and vice chair of ASHRAE’s residential ad hoc committee, talks about ASHRAE’s exploration into the residential market. Posted on Oct. 17.

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