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Energy Resources

This column has useful links that help groups, individuals and teams save Energy $ / kWh.

Note: To save energy there must be a baseline metric to show where you are today with your carbon foot-print.

To motivate lower energy use, Go to the “Register” link below with your Electric bill and enter your data in this FREE database so you and your family / employees can see the results of their efforts to reduce energy consumption.

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Residential Process

A simple 3 step process guides occupants in the Steps / metrics needed to save energy $/ kWh.

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External links (back arrow to return here) designed to educate / calculate energy usage

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Local Links

All of these entities deserve your support and patronage as they have clearly shown how a true commitment to energy savings is good for the environment, business, membership and ongoing client retention – Visit their websites today (below)

Airlie Center (LEED)

Barrel Oak Winery

Brookside Communities

Caretakers Of God's Creation

Chestnut Forks

EarthCraft House(VA)

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Fauquier County Schools (LEED)

Fauquier Livestock Exchange

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Great Harvest Bread Co

Highland School (LEED)

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Jesse Straight Pastured Poultry

Pearmund Cellars

Piedmont Internal Medicine

Poplar Springs

Red Truck Bakery

SiteWhirks

The Fauquier Bank

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Vint Hill

Vint Hill EDA

Vint Hill Winery

Windy Hill Foundation


Geothermal

What is Geothermal Energy? Geothermal energy is heat energy that originates from the molten interior of the earth. Temperatures hotter than the sun's surface are continuously produced inside the earth by the slow decay of radioactive particles, a continuous process that happens in all rocks. In areas where this molten material is close enough to the surface, the heat energy can be harnessed and used to produce steam to turn turbines to generate electricity.

Geothermal heat pumps. Geothermal (or gound-source) heat pumps use horizontal piping placed about five feet below the surface (homes / small buildings) or vertical shafts about 165 feet deep usually into rock (larger buildings, schools, etc.). Air or anitfreeze liquid is pumped through those pipes where it is warmed in winter and cooled in summer by the constant 50 - 57 degree F temperature surrounding the pipes.

According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), geothermal heat pumps are the most energy efficient, environmentally clean, and cost effective systems for temperature control.

Geothermal systems typically return their higher purchase and installation costs in ten or less years and are considerably more efficient and less expensive to operate than most non-geothermal systems.

Below are links to examples of geothermal systems used in homes, businesses, schools, etc.

More about Geothermal:

Geothermal Power Plant

This Geothermal power plant in Reykjavik, Iceland, is using their underground reservoirs of steam and hot water to generate electricity and to heat and cool buildings directly.

Geothermal energy is generated in over 20 countries. The United States is the world's largest producer, and the largest geothermal development in the world is ... Read More >>

Text and photo courtesy of National Geographic

 

World Energy Consumptiom By FuelType

Poplar Springs Inn

Source: Frankilin Institure and EIA (Energy Information Administratioin), official energy statistics from the US governmen International Eenrgy Outlook 2000

Worldwide energy use has been increasing and is projected to keep on increasing as shown in the graph, especially the demand for oil.

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