Geothermal House Tour in Elgin Showcases How Some Consumers are Literally Tapping Into the Earth to Heat and Cool Their Homes
The Community Energy Cooperative invites local media to a house tour with additional homeowners Larry and Edith Placido of Bartlett. Like this morning’s Elgin homeowner Dirk Dypold, this couple equipped their home with a geoexchange system, sometimes called geothermal or ground-source heating and cooling, which uses the Earth’s energy storage capability to heat and cool buildings.
Thursday, December 6, 2001, 1:00 p.m.
29 W 659 West Schick Road (From the Northwest Tollway, exit at Rt. 59; take Rt. 59 south a few miles to Schick Rd. Turn LEFT – east – past three fire hydrants, look for the fire address marker 29 W 659. Turn into driveway past the 3rd hydrant; stay to your left past a couple metal garages until you see the home.)
- Rich Hirschberg, Elgin Market representative for the Community Energy Cooperative
- David Buss of Water Furnace International (WFI), a leading distributor of geothermal products
- Ukrainian visitors, who have been traveling the Midwest with WFI to learn more about their products and opportunities for this technology in their country
- Homeowners Larry and Edith Placido, who have incorporated the geothermal exchange comfort system into their home
- Gary Birman, plumber, Ukrainian interpreter and WFI representative
The Community Energy Cooperative is a membership organization which helps people take control of their energy future by helping its members understand new energy markets and providing information about and access to technology which will help them become smarter energy consumers. The Community Energy Cooperative supports the use of alternative energy sources which are better for the environment and also help consumers lower their utility bills.
Geothermal House Tour – 12/6, Add One
The Community Energy Cooperative’s Elgin office has identified local residents who are tapping into the Earth’s natural capability to store energy by outfitting their own homes with geothermal exchange systems to heat, cool and humidify their homes.
According to the Geothermal Heat Pump Consortium (www.ghpc.org), the earth typically absorbs 47% of the sun’s energy, which can then be transformed into a form of clean, renewable energy for residential and commercial consumers. The geoexchange units emit heat at up to 70 percent less cost per BTU than traditional heating sources and cool at 50 percent less than traditional air conditioners. Geoexchange users typically can cut their utility bills by 25 to 50 percent.
The goal of the Community Energy Cooperative is to teach and provide resources to its members on how to use energy more wisely. The Community Energy Cooperative promotes the use of renewable energy as part of its mission to balance the price and availability of energy for all consumers. The Community Energy Cooperative is a project of the Chicago’s Center for Neighborhood Technology and is supported by ComEd. The Cooperative kicked off last year in Chicago’s Pilsen community and this year expanded to Elgin, Park Forest and several neighborhoods on the Northwest Side of Chicago.