When extreme weather hits, homeowners and renters see their gas and electric bills go through the roof as they crank up their AC or heat (, those space heaters don't help). Fortunately, there are alternate energy options that could be more cost-effective in the longterm.
Dandelion is one company that is trying to change the energy game by using the earth outside your house to cool and heat your home at a lower cost than traditional systems, CNN Business reports. The company, created by Google's parent company Alphabet, has introduced an eco-friendly method of heating and cooling using geothermal energy.
The system they came up with is known as Dandelion Air, which provides heating, central AC, and hot water more than four times more efficiently than traditional systems. According to their site, "it's designed for homes that distribute heating and air conditioning using ductwork and vents."
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Typically, geothermal systems must be custom made for a home, CNN Business notes, but the Dandelion Air system automated the process so it can be used in more homes and, therefore, is way less expensive than other geothermal options. Because it uses less electricity, this sustainable system is expected to cut costs for homeowners by up to 20 percent annually. Though, of course, with an installation cost of $18,433, you'll definitely want to calculate how much you will save exactly over time given your state's electricity costs.
Essentially, the system is made up of two parts—a geothermal heat pump and underground pipes—that use the steady ground temperature of 50 degrees Fahrenheit to heat and cool your home by moving heat from the earth to your home. Science is truly a remarkable thing and if it means saving money in the process, how could you not love it even more? To learn all there is to know about geothermal energy, visit the Dandelion Energy site.
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