Affordable home geothermal energy systems come to upstate New York

July 17, 2017 by  
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When you think of home renewable power systems, geothermal energy probably isn’t the first source that springs to mind. But new company Dandelion , which starts after time at Google’s moonshot factory X , aims to power houses with the clean , free source “right under our feet.” They’re offering their systems beginning in northeastern America. The Dandelion team launched their company independent of Alphabet this month, offering geothermal heating and cooling for homes. They come in and replace cooling, heating, and hot water equipment with their geothermal systems, including underground pipes and a heat pump, which gather energy from the earth. The company describes geothermal cooling and heating as the most efficient method of such climate control for the home. Related: St. Patrick’s Cathedral unveils state-of-the-art geothermal plant Affordability was one of Dandelion’s main goals. They say many homes haven’t yet adopted geothermal systems due to the hefty cost associated with setup. In contrast, Dandelion’s system costs $20,000. On their website they say they’ve partnered with a leading financing company to install the systems with zero costs upfront followed by low monthly payments. The company also designed a better drill to install the systems. In the past, geothermal systems were installed with a wide drill that was intended for water wells more than 1,000 feet into the ground. The Dandelion team designed a slender drill that can create one or two deep holes a few inches wide – with less waste. Their new drill lets them put in ground loops in under one day. Overall, putting in their geothermal systems takes two to three days. Dandelion’s heat pumps will last around 25 years, while the closed-loop piping can last for a minimum of 50. The system comes with a smart thermostat enabling homeowners to regulate the temperature inside. The team is starting with 11 counties in New York – they say regions with cold winters and hot summers are ideal for home geothermal systems. + Dandelion Via Kathy Hannun on Medium Images via Dandelion Facebook and Dandelion

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5 Ordinary Plants With Extraordinary Abilities

August 13, 2014 by  
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Read the rest of 5 Ordinary Plants With Extraordinary Abilities Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: burdock , dandelion , ecological regeneration , edible , lambs quarters , medicinal , nutrition , plantain , urban foraging , weeds , wildcrafting , yellow dock

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Re-discovering Perennial Vegetables

March 19, 2014 by  
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As the days lengthen and the sun grows stronger, many of us are champing at the bit to get our gardens started . Seed catalogues are being pored over, dog-eared, and circled, and some folks may have even begun to order vegetable seeds in preparation for early starts indoors. Although annual edibles like tomatoes and lettuce are favored by many, you might like to look into some perennial vegetables as well: they only require one season’s worth of time and effort to establish them, and you’ll be rewarded with delightful edibles forever . Read the rest of Re-discovering Perennial Vegetables Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: artichokes , asparagus , chicory , dandelion , garden , garlic chives , good king henry , lovage , miner’s lettuce , perennial , perennial beans , perennial vegetables , rhubarb , sea kale , sorrel , stinging nettle , sunchokes , vegetable gardening , watercress        

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White House Launches Climate Science Data Website to Help Communities Prepare for Climate Change

March 19, 2014 by  
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President Obama said he wouldn’t wait for an intransigent Congress to take action on climate change – and the White House is following up on this promise by launching the Climate Data Initiative . The website at Climate.Data.gov will make climate science data from different government agencies easily available to empower communities to prepare for the impacts of climate change, and it should also stimulate private sector innovation in the field of climate change preparedness. The website is currently in a pilot phase with a focus on coastal flooding and rising sea levels . Read the rest of White House Launches Climate Science Data Website to Help Communities Prepare for Climate Change Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Climate Change , Climate Data Initiative , climate preparedness , climate.data.gov , global warming , nasa , NOAA , obama , white house        

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