By: chad severt
what is geothermal?
Geothermal is the heat from the earth. Its clean and sustainable. Resources of geothermal energy range from the shallow ground to hot water and hot rock found a few miles beneath the earths surface, and down even deeper to the extremely high temperatures of molten rock called magma. Geothermal energy is renewable.
Where is geothermal on earth?
Geothermal is found in the earth. deep down in the earth like hot springs is a good place for geothermal or the ring of fire is a Major producer of geothermal energy, there is a ton of magma there and hot springs witch is hot water used for geothermal energy or magma.
Who uses it?
Geothermal energy is used by many people in the world but used for both groups and individual people. For example Iceland is 90% geothermal energy and some places is only 10% so that shows big groups can use it or just a few can use it.
what else is it used for?
Geothermal energy has many uses such as to power a city but also can be used for farmers to warm there green houses. In Tuscany Italy, farmers have used water heated by geothermal energy for hundreds of years to grow there vegetables in the winter, also used for fishing farms. The warm water spurs the growth of animals.
Is it expensive?
Geothermal heating and cooling can use the relatively constant temperature of the earth to heat and cool homes and businesses with 40% to 70% less energy than conventional systems. It also has the added benefit of providing free domestic hot water during the summer season and reduced cost for domestic hot water during the winter. Installation for geothermal heat pumps does have a high upfront cost. There are a lot of variables where you live, the ground to be drilled, the square foot of the house and though everyone agrees about its high initial expense, exactly "how much" remains vague at best. A good general idea for cost would be twice the price of a regular heat pump system with air conditioning. A geothermal heat pump costs about $2,500 per ton of capacity, with the typically sized house needing a three-ton unit and putting the cost at roughly $7,500.
Geothermal Energy Process