The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency states:

“Geo exchange systems are the most energy–efficient, environmentally clean and cost–effective space conditioning system available today”

…and here’s something else you should know:

FACT: Installing a geothermal system is equal to planting 1 acre of trees or removing 2 cars from the road.


What is the environmental impact of installing a geothermal heat pump in my home?

According to data supplied by the U.S. Department of Energy, a typical 3 ton residential geothermal heat pump system produces an average of about one pound less carbon dioxide (CO2) per hour of use than a conventional system. For perspective, this would have an environmental equivalent of reducing emissions from one automobile over that same time period by nearly 60% or planting 12 acres or trees annually!

A large subdivision utilizing geothermal heating and cooling systems in lieu of conventional heating and cooling would have the following environmental impact:

  • An annual reduction of 3,800,000 kilowatt hours of electricity.
  • An annual reduction of over 19 Billion BTU’s of fossil fuel.
  • That fossil fuel reduction would eliminate the need to import 10,245 barrels of crude oil, (or 430,290 gallons of crude oil).
  • The associated reduction energy usage would reduce annual carbon emissions by over 760 metric tons.
  • The impact of these reductions would be equivalent to taking approximately 600 cars off the highway or planting 382 acres of trees.

According to data provided by The United States Department of Energy and the Environmental Protection Agency, a typical 3 ton residential geothermal heating and cooling system produces an average of about 1 pound less CO2 per hour of use than a conventional system. If just 100,000 homes across the United States were converted to geothermal heating and cooling the following environmental effects would be realized:

Annual CO2 emissions would be reduced by 880 million pounds. This would be equivalent to eliminating auto emissions from nearly 60,000 vehicles.

This would also be equivalent to planting over 120,000 acres of trees. Currently, residential geothermal heat pump systems in the United States:

  • Produce an annual savings of 5.2 billion kilowatt hours of electricity usage.
  • Reduce fossil fuel consumption by 26 trillion BTU’s.
  • Eliminate nearly 8 billion pounds of CO2.

Those 650,000 geothermal heat pump installations have provided the environmental equivalent of:

  • Removing emissions produced by 840,000 vehicles.
  • Planting 250,000,000 trees.
  • Reducing the reliance on oil imports by 14,000,000 barrels per year.

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