29 Jul '17, 2pm

Google unveils 'Dandelion' to promote increased geothermal energy use

“For the past few years, my team and I have been on a mission to make it easier and more affordable to heat and cool homes with the clean, free, abundant, and renewable energy source right under our feet: geothermal energy,” Dandelion CEO Kathy Hannun wrote in the blog post. Currently, residences and commercial buildings account for just under 40 percent of all carbon emissions in the US, mostly in the Northeast where fuel oil and propane are the primary sources of heat for many homes in the fall and winter. But not only is the use of these fossil fuels detrimental to the environment, their use is also subject to price variability which can wreak havoc on family and business budgets. “Home geothermal systems can offer lower and steadier monthly energy costs because they use the energy in the ground under your yard,” Hannun said. “The ground stays at about 50 degrees Fahren...

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