Hot Take: Geothermal Standard Coming to Theatre Near You

Hot Take: Geothermal Standard Coming to Theatre Near You

Geothermal heat pumps provide the only reasonable solution to heating without combustion. 

Combustion heating produces Green-House-Gas (GHG) emissions, which is what we’re working to reduce. Buildings are responsible for about 25 percent of GHG emissions.

In addition to having the “status” of being the only real solution for heating (and cooling) the world’s homes and businesses, geothermal boasts an impressive list of additional benefits …

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  • No more noisy outdoor air-conditioners
  • Safe from storms and bad weather (storm proof)
  • They last a long time (all inside)
  • No flames or combustion (so there’s less C02 emissions, too!)
  • More comfy environment (lower humidity in the summer, more even heat in the winter)
  • Shares energy with hot water tanks and pools
  • Super energy efficient (Most efficient heating and cooling technology; EPA, DOE)

In 2009 when McGraw-Hill asked me to write the first textbook on Geothermal HVAC technologies, I was flattered, but I wanted to know why now, and why the hurry?


My answer came in a verbal response from their board of directors, which I translated into my own words in the introduction (pp xiii-xv) of Geothermal HVAC (McGraw-Hill Education © 2010 ISBN-10: 0071746102, ISBN-13: 978-0071746106).

I stated in that book, “Judging by recent developments, there is a good chance that geothermal heating and cooling systems will become a required standard in at least some sectors of the building industry before the end of the decade, and possibly by 2016. Unlike solar or wind power, geothermal works 24-7. It is highly effective at reducing the peak demand that stresses our power grid, thereby reducing the need for new power plants. Geothermal is certainly an effective way to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions.” (p-xv)

Here we are in 2016, and this is quickly becoming a reality in New York, and to the North in Ontario, Canada, as indicated by the Climate Change Action Plan (CCAP), and the NYC 80×50 initiatives.

With the passage of the Climate Change Action Plan, Ontario is requiring that geothermal Heat Pumps be installed rather than gas, and by 2030, gas heat will be outlawed in homes and small businesses. Wherever you are, geothermal is coming.  Why not jump in now and start offering geothermal to you customers? They’ll thank you for it!

About the Author:

Jay Egg

Owner, EggGeothermal

Jay Egg is a geothermal consultant, writer and the owner of EggGeothermal. He has co-authored two textbooks on geothermal HVAC systems published by McGraw-Hill Professional. He can be reached at

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