Schools across the United States are looking for new ways to decrease operational expenses. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, the nation’s 17,450 K-12 school districts spend more than $6 billion annually on energy—more than the spending on computers or textbooks combined. By installing EarthLinked Renewable Energy Systems, a district can reduce energy costs and spend more money on furthering the education of its children with learning tools and essential resources. Read more to find out how geothermal heating and cooling systems can benefit any school by reducing energy costs and providing greater temperature control.
How Geothermal Works
Geothermal energy systems use the stored solar energy in the earth to provide heating and cooling for school buildings. Only EarthLinked Renewable Energy Systems use small copper earth loops, environmentally friendly refrigerant and require a small amount of yard space. The EarthLinked heat pump intensifies warm thermal energy from the earth to convert it into heat for the building. The energy needed to keep a school warm is stored directly in the earth below the school, which decreases costs associated with purchasing oil or natural gas. This process is reversed in the summer months when the system takes heat from the school building and transfers it back into the earth.
EarthLinked Renewable Energy Systems are an eco-friendly solution that can keep school buildings cool during the summer and warm during the winter, maintaining a comfortable temperature for students, teachers and faculty all year-round. Geothermal heating and cooling systems allow schools to remain in operation during any season, all while remaining operationally effective with manageable energy costs.
Reducing Operational Costs
An article in The Columbus Dispatch featured North Royalton school district near Cleveland, Ohio, which installed a geothermal system in the mid-1990s. Assistant superintendent Jim Presot said this system cuts about $33,000 per year off the district’s energy costs for just the one building.
Energy savings can be increased further by recovering heat from the building during the cooling mode and using it for domestic hot water, rather than transferring it into the ground. EarthLinked Renewable Energy Systems provide free hot water and can keep a pool warm while still providing comfortable temperature control, all for the same cost. They’re also fully enclosed and protected from the elements, requiring less maintenance and boosting the lifespan of the technology. For many schools across the nation, EarthLinked Renewable Energy Systems are the perfect solution to decreasing energy costs year-round.
If you want to learn more about installing EarthLinked Renewable Energy Systems in your school district, contact EarthLinked Technologies today.