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A Good Start
on September 26, 2012
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.