EcoMech Geothermal, First Georgia Dealer To Install And Test WaterFurnace Series 7

7-Series-Most-Efficient-2012-761x800WaterFurnace International, Inc. earlier announced the release of the new WaterFurnace 7-Series product line, featuring the Danfoss Variable Speed Compressor and Fan Motor with its vastly superior method of rejecting heat through either a closed or open loop geothermal system.

Today, July 19, 2012-EcoMech Geothermal & Mechanical ofAtlanta,Georgia, is proud to announce that they are the first in the state of Georgia to officially install, startup and test out the most efficient air conditioning system in the world. “We literally weren’t even sure if it was running or not. It’s just that quiet.” -states Tim Uzar, CEO of EcoMech LLC in Georgia.

The Closed loop systems circulate a water-based solution through a loop system of small-diameter, high density polyethylene underground pipes. Closed loop systems can be installed vertically or in a pond. Open loop systems use an existing water well or surface water. EcoMech Geothermal and Mechanical uses the WaterFurnace Geo Link software to design the loops based on actual site conditions to ensure the system delivers its full AHRI certified EER.

30% Residential Federal Tax Credit- A federal tax credit is available for home and commercial building owners who install geothermal heating and cooling systems through the Energy Improvement and Extension Act of 2008 (H.R. 1424). This offers a one time tax credit of 30% of the total investment for homeowners who install residential ground loop or ground water geothermal heat pumps. A credit of 10% of the total investment is also available (no maximum) for a commercial system installation. A 15-year lease/purchase option is provided for commercial installations. Once a home or building owner factors in the federal tax credit, the net cost difference of a WaterFurnace Geothermal System as compared to an air source is typically recouped in a relatively short time period through operational cost savings. The WaterFurnace has a 10-year limited warranty and a typical operational life of 25 years.

If your current HVAC system is 10 years or older and you are experiencing high power bills, check out your potential operation cost savings with a WaterFurnace Geothermal HVAC System on the active Geothermal Savings Calculator. OR call us today at 770-253-4GEO or 678-673-1822 to schedule a geothermal consultation for your home or business.

 

 

 

Repurposing Is Eco-Friendly

One of the easiest ways for you to live more eco-friendly is to learn the art of repurposing. Believe it or not, repurposing is something that we all do on a regular basis.  Just think about all the times that you have taken an item meant for one use and used it for something else entirely. Here are some great ideas for repurposing that you can use today!

  • Kitchen repurposing.  Consider using empty tin cans or flower pots to store your cooking utensils upright on the counter. You can also use a dresser (or even two, back-to-back) to make your own kitchen island.  Another great kitchen idea is to use test tubes.  Test tubes make great spice storage. Simply use a cork to seal the top and a test tube rack to store them on the counter.
  • Repurposing in the living room.  Vintage trunks, as well as old suitcases and small display cases, can make great side tables and storage units for your home. A sturdy trunk can also make a terrific stand for your television.
  • Plastic pots repurposed.  Plastic pots used for annuals and perennials can be repurposed as well. With a thorough washing, they can be used as a strainer to rinse fruit purchased at a farmer’s market, or can be used to hold wrapped silverware for an outdoor picnic.

As you can see, repurposing is easy! It is as simple as figuring out a creative way to reuse the things that you already have in your home, saving you time and money because you don’t have to purchase something new and saving the environment from unnecessary trash.

Myths About Geothermal

One of the primary reasons that people don’t take more time to investigate the benefits of geothermal heating and cooling is because they simply don’t understand how it works. Because of the lack of understanding, there are many myths that are assumed to be fact.  Here are a few, and the truth behind geothermal technology:
MYTH: Geothermal is very expensive.
TRUTH: While installing a geothermal system can be more expensive than a traditional HVAC system, the cost savings are just astronomical – so much so that it is almost impossible to compare traditional systems with geothermal. In addition, while traditional HVAC systems may last a decade or so, most geothermal loop systems come with a 55 year warranty.

MYTH: Geothermal needs a backup.
TRUTH: When geothermal systems first hit the market several decades ago, they did need a backup heating and cooling source because they weren’t sized properly. With new technology, your home will stay at a comfortable temperature without having any additional heating and air conditioning sources.

MYTH: Geothermal energy may damage the Earth’s core.
TRUTH: In fact, the core of the Earth is much deeper than any geothermal loop. There is no danger to the Earth’s core by harvesting the energy that is coming from it.

MYTH: Geothermal system can only heat your home to the same temperature of the Earth and that, it can only cool your home to the same temperature as the earth.
TRUTH: Through the use of the compressor and the refrigerant circuit, as in any air conditioning system, a geothermal system can heat your home properly and cool your home to any temperature wanted.

 

While there are certainly many myths about geothermal energy, the truth is that geothermal is a cost-effective and eco-friendly way to keep your home or office a comfortable temperature no matter what the weather is outside.

Brad Pitt And Make It Right Produce “LivingHome C6″ – Low Cost, Sustainable Energy Design

Photo By: Izumi Tanaka

It is a day to say “thank you” to the many actors that truly do want to make an effort to help change the way we live and make it a better place for generations to come.  One of which I am speaking of, Brad Pitt, together with foundation ”Make It Right” has created an amazing renewable energy home.

Outside The LivingHome C6 Photo Credit:Izumi Tanaka

Warm, modern and sustainable. C6 has a lot to offer any resident with its super insulation and smart heating and cooling system thanks to the “Nest thermostat”, which helps the adjust the temperature at a degree the resident prefers.

LivingHome C6-Photo by Izumi Tanaka

LivingHome C6-Bedroom-Photo by Izumi Tanaka

It’s designed for energy savings, as well as comfort and its low cost price tag of just under $180k make it a great sustainable home to afford! Having about 1200 square feet, the affectionately called “LivingHome C6″, with its three bedroom and two baths is perfect for families.

 

 

[+] Learn today about the C6 Prefab by Living Homes/Make It Right.

Photo Credits: Izumi Tanaka.

 

Spray Foam That Comes From Soybeans

If you live in an older home then you may have collected a sizable stash of blankets to get you through the winters. Winters in an older home can be drafty and cold – downright uncomfortable – as your precious heat goes out through minute crevices and cracks in between walls and windows. Spray insulation has come to the rescue of many older homes recently and can be a good option.

While there are many spray foam options, considering the environment and your family’s health should on your mind when you are speaking with insulating contractors. The benefits are clear. Spray foam is a popular option because it can be simply sprayed into the walls and expands as it dries, filling in gaps between walls and the outdoors. But, not ever product is environmentally friendly.

There are some “green” options. Spray foam insulation materials that are made from soybeans are just as effective as traditional formulas, yet they don’t have the harmful side effects for families or the planet. Soybeans are not only a renewable plant source, but they don’t emit any harmful volatile organic compounds (VOCs) into the air. (Unlike fiberglass insulation, which can emit formaldehyde.) The soybean spray insulation has a surprising side benefit that you’ll appreciate – soybeans and the soybean-based spray foam insulation is a bug repellant. Not only will your home be warmer, but you’ll have less insects hanging around.

Spray foam insulation is a great way to increase the energy efficiency of your home, but checking the formulation is key. Soybean-based spray foam insulation is not only energy efficient, but keeps the bugs away as well.