Thursday, April 30, 2009

Using geothermal energy for homes

The conventional and non conventional sources of energy are used at homes for purposes like cooking, bathing and keeping homes warm. The traditional sources of energy like coal and wood if used for heating homes present a few problems. These problems are related to environmental pollution and rising costs of the fossil fuels used. We, therefore, need to use alternative energy sources like solar energy and geothermal energy for heating homes.

The use of geothermal energy for heating homes is becoming more and more popular because it is easy to use and maintain and also economical. For heating homes, a simple configuration of geothermal energy is required. A loop of pipes is put below the earth’s surface. The pipes get in contact with the high temperatures inside the earth’s crust. This high temperature heats the water that is released through pipes. The heated water in the form of steam is returned back to the homes through a heat pump. This energy can be used to generate electricity, power a water heater or keep the homes warm.

The use of geothermal energy for heating homes is a viable option because it reduces the dependence on fossil fuels. It is also easy to use and install a geothermal system that can heat homes. In addition, geothermal energy is a renewable source that will always be available for use as opposed to fossil fuels. Geothermal energy also does not cause pollution or emit harmful particles into the atmosphere that degrade the environment. Geothermal energy is not expensive and is a very reliable source of energy.

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