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The Smart Guide to Geothermal: How to Harvest Earth's Free Energy for Heating and Cooling [Kindle Edition]

Donal Blaise Lloyd
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Discover why geothermal heat pumps are the most energy-efficient technology for heating and cooling, and how all homes—new or retrofit, in hot or cold climates—can use this reliable, silent, non-polluting way of extracting free energy from the earth.
Contents Include:
•Geothermal system options, including open-loop, closed-loop and DX configurations, using horizontal and vertical earth loops;
•The importance of finding a qualified contractor;
•Costs, tax credits and payback issues, plus calculating increased home values;
•Who is using geothermal energy, including the author's firsthand experiences, home profiles in the US and Canada, as well as an overview of commercial/institutional projects;
•How solar electricity can be used to power the system, plus other future trends;
•Unraveling the science and technology of geothermal heat pumps (GHPs);
•Understanding GHP performance standards, ratings and warranties in the US and Canada;
•Comprehensive appendix with helpful resources; (manufacturers, associations, etc.) and a career section for those interested in entering the field.


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About the Author

Don Lloyd is an electrical engineer now retired from Honeywell after 35 years in marketing, engineering and project management. He has extensive experience in taking complex subjects (such as laser gyroscopes or mosaic infrared detectors) and explaining how they work in terms understood by the general public. Don and his wife live happily with their own geothermal system in the Hudson River Valley of New York where oil trucks pass by their new home, but never stop.

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  • File Size: 1927 KB
  • Print Length: 192 pages
  • Publisher: PixyJack Press (August 10, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008WEN7YM
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #337,309 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
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As a Licensed Professional Engineer, the book "The Smart Guide to Geothermal: How to Harvest Earth's Free Energy for Heating and Cooling" has a very good six page chapter on "What Will It Cost?" The 8.5 by 5.5 inch book of photographs, drawings, charts, graphs, etc, are sufficient for the general understanding of geothermal heating systems.

This was one of two books on Geothermal Heating & Cooling ordered through Amazon with expedited shipping, because my current system was out of order. Very fortunately, they arrived 24 hours before the contractor arrived to start making measurements. The two books saved me a fortune, because the the contractor had low balled his earlier verbal estimate to one-third of the real cost. When challenged by the two books in front of him, the price tripled. Needless to say, other arrangements have been made.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book about geothermal June 25, 2011
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As a geothermal contractor I was looking for reference materials to offer my propects. I found what I was looking for in this book and more. If you are considering geothermal for your home get this book, read it and save yourself some headaches.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A Good Start September 26, 2012
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I decided to investigate Geothermal because we are burning money like fuel with an oil burner that is 34 years old. I knew nothing about it and thought this may be a good primer on the subject. It is. This book gave me enough info to ask semi intelligent questions of friends and neighbors who now use geothermal and the area contractors who install it. The book did what it set out to do. It was slightly repetitive at times, but I didn't mind. It does give you an idea of your options and it uses examples of new construction as well as retrofit. Through the brief education of this book, I had the tools to understand the options, but nothing was better than talking to actual users after reading the book. I have found that I probably won't use it. Friends and neighbors have had problems with contractors going out of business and parts being hard to find. One neighbor is on his second system in 10 years. My biggest concern is what will happen to the service and support industry after 2016, when the 30 percent Federal Tax Credit turns into a pumpkin. I have a 2,000 square foot rancher with hot water baseboard heat. The best estimate I can get, from a reputable company that is also active in other heating and cooking sources (been in business over 100 years) is $30,000. The tax credit makes it affordable now, but after 2016 I would not dream of spending this kind of money. I fear many others won't as well. The author has several good examples, is knowledgeable, and has a very positive attitude. He is a true believer. I recommend the book if you want to get the basics. I wish he would have recommended more websites, but I know that they change quickly.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good overview of GeoThermal December 4, 2011
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This book covers the basics and will dispell many of the myths people believe about GeoThermal. No real specific information on makes and models, but that is not the focus.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Gret Overview of the World of Geothermal September 15, 2011
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I enjoyed reading the history behind Geothermal Systems and how it is applicable to todays green energy needs. I researched info online, however this book is by far more complete in overall coverage on the the subject. We are building a Log Home and will certainly use Geothermal as our heating and cooling source.

Thanks,
Steve
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Text May 30, 2014
By Bryan
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The author has achieved a successful balance of technical information and general theory, through engaging and cleaver dialog, to help explain the benefits geothermal systems for conditioning our built environment.
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3.0 out of 5 stars ok read May 16, 2014
By tom
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some exaggerated facts and many inconsistencies. however it is well a well written book. A corrected rewrite would be advised.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great introduction to Geothermal March 3, 2014
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This is the book that I have been searching for. Gives an excellent starting point for the investigation of Geothermal.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent!!
Easy ordering and fast delivery. A very useful book if you are getting into geothermal. Up to date info too as it a recent printing.
Published 7 months ago by A Bonacker
4.0 out of 5 stars Good book
If you want a good easy to understand book on the subject this one is pretty good. It will give you a good explanation of how Geothermal works, and an understanding of where it is... Read more
Published 15 months ago by Ken G Scherrieble
3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed
We are building a home off the grid and are forever searching more effective energy sources. This one is oriented at too much commercialism. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Sally Goodin
5.0 out of 5 stars Great buy for the money
I found this book to contain a good basic foundation of knowledge that explains most of the essentials that give you a comprehensive understanding of geothermal hvac technology in... Read more
Published 16 months ago by J. D. Wiley
4.0 out of 5 stars Good overview
Smart Guide ot Geothermal: This is a helpful overview. Gave me some good direction. Even more specifics would have been helpful.
Published 19 months ago by Jim Caughran
2.0 out of 5 stars The smart guide to Geothermal: How to harvest Earth'sFree Energy for...
No, no, there isn't really much one can profit from this book. in what it provides for real value could have been written in 3-4 A pages, all else is just repeat to make up a book. Read more
Published 22 months ago by Walter
5.0 out of 5 stars Geothermal Book
I'm not much of a Technology expert or A/C wiz, but this was a very well done book where even as amateur as I am in this field, I could easily understand and comprehend this idea... Read more
Published on May 4, 2012 by Lilian Bloom
4.0 out of 5 stars Book
Good book to read if interested in Geothermal.Lots of important information for newbies and experienced people,ta ta for now, thank you.
Published on March 8, 2012 by K. McMahon
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More About the Author

Donal Blaise Lloyd
Don Lloyd is an electrical engineer now retired from Honeywell after 35 years
in marketing, engineering and project management. He has extensive experience in
taking complex subjects (such as laser gyroscopes or mosaic infrared detectors) and
explaining how they work in terms understood by the general public.

He is at his best when describing how geothermal heat pumps work and why they are the ideal heating and cooling solution for homeowners. Prior to entering the geothermal world, he operated his own software consulting business as a Microsoft Certified Software Professional. He also served as an officer in the US Army.

Don lives in the Hudson River Valley region of New York State with his wife,
artist Martha Lloyd, in their new home where the oil trucks pass by but never stop.
"Installing a geothermal heat pump was one of the best decisions I ever made



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