Do It Yourself Home Geothermal Project
My name is Rick Faszold and this is my web site. I would like to share with you my Do It Yourself Home Geothermal project.
When I started this project in 2006 by collecting home geothermal information, there was very little on the internet about this. Today, there are tons of Geo sites out there, with great information on them. You can get lost for days in all of the data that is out there.
As of March 2017, my system has been operational since October of 2008 with very minor issues to address. For instance, clogged drain tubes or replacing expensive thermostats because teenage children didn't realize that playing ball was an out door activity.
If you plan on doing your own project, this might save you some investigative time, allow you to ask vendors more directed questions and help you avoid some of the mistakes that I made. I am not an expert on any portion of this field. This field covers things like: thermal conductivity, soil, fluid viscosity, electricity, duct work, pumps, heat pumps, etc… If you see something here that you may find useful, check it out for yourself to make sure it is right for you.
Where necessary, I hired contractors to complete portions of the job that I did not feel comfortable with. This includes unit installation, a ventilation system upgrade and a new electrical sub-panel. I will share the expenses that went into this project along with real energy bills and the subsequent energy savings. There are plenty of pictures on this site.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Many of you have sent great emails. Thank you.
A Quick Summary
After running this system since October 2008, my electric bill went down about 3.5% and my propane bill went down 100%.
Summer electrical usage (June, July, August) went down about 28%.
Winter electrical usage (December, January, February) went up about 65%.
Although the changes in electric usage were a small net decrease, it was the propane bill that allowed the system to pay for itself.
My propane bill was running at $2,200 per winter and now, it is currently $0 and has been for the past 8 winters.
Last Updated: March 7th, 2017