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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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Product Details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: PixyJack Press; 1 edition (April 6, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0977372480
  • ISBN-13: 978-0977372485
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 5.5 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #549,805 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Alan Givens on 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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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Harry C Parkin, P.E. on July 1, 2011
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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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A. Bastanza on 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 By Gary Jepsen on 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 By Steven C. Roberson on 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. D. Wiley on February 26, 2013
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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 most of its "forms". This is a great introductory resource for the money and well written, very personal, entertaining and underpriced, imho.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Bryan on May 30, 2014
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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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By Kenneth Marr on May 12, 2015
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Good parts. Explains how geothermal works. Has a few web site references to standards used and companies involved. Nice summary of tax credits. Lots of generalities but with the appropriate warning that the concept is simple but details mater. In particular the ground in which your system will be set: clay, sand, water impact the amount oh heat that can be exchanged per length of installed piping and those require calculations (not given in book), soil Ph (acid or alkaline) influences pipe type
Several stories about specific geo projects including the author's own home

Bad. Not much real information. A couple of hours on the web uncovers most of what the author contributes. At least one third of the book is pure repetition of things the author has already said. At $.99 it would be an ok book. At the actual price...not really. Yes, I'm sorry I bought it and I wouldn't recommend it it to friends (or anyone else)
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