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This gallery shows the process of installing a geothermal heating/cooling/hot water system in a 1957 home in August 2010. As you can see, it is a huge undertaking. We hope to reap the benefits of going green for decades to come as we reduce our carbon footprint. Click on "slideshow" in the upper right corner to see the project in progress.

October 2013 update:

We have been using this system for three years now and we are extremely happy that we had it installed. In September 2012 we went a step further and went online with a 6.37 Kw solar electric array to have the sun help power the geothermal system. The combination of the two systems is a great success. Our combined total electric bill for May, June, July, August, September and October was $150. This is a great way to reduce dirty energy usage and save a ton of money on utility bills. I wonder why more folks don't do it especially in light of the 30% Federal tax credit and the Missouri electric utility rebate?

All photos are copyrighted and linking to this gallery is prohibited without my written permission. If you would like permission contact me at: jstroup01@charter.net
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old outdoor a.c. unit
old outdoor a.c. unit
old outdoor unit-gone no longer used
old outdoor unit-gone no longer used
600 psi air compressor to blast rock dust out of hole
600 psi air compressor to blast rock dust out of hole
setting up drilling rig
setting up drilling rig
drilling
drilling
shoveling ground rock away from drill
shoveling ground rock away from drill
drilling rig
drilling rig
hooking up another 20' section of drill
hooking up another 20' section of drill
view from bedroom window
view from bedroom window
 honey bee hives in jail during drilling
honey bee hives in jail during drilling
honey bees in jail
honey bees in jail
drilling 200 feet deep holes through limestone is easy
drilling 200 feet deep holes through limestone is easy
drilling third 200 foot deep well
drilling third 200 foot deep well
pumping geothermal grout down wells
pumping geothermal grout down wells
bentonite grout pump on side of drilling rig
bentonite grout pump on side of drilling rig
bottom end of double piping
bottom end of double piping
pressure testing piping before dropping it 200 feet down the well
pressure testing piping before dropping it 200 feet down the well
thermal grout
thermal grout
three wells piped and grouted
three wells piped and grouted
well hole filled  with plastic piping and bentonite grout
well hole filled with plastic piping and bentonite grout
digging trench to connect well lines together
digging trench to connect well lines together
digging trench to connect well piping to heat pump in basement
digging trench to connect well piping to heat pump in basement
view from the basement
view from the basement
trenching
trenching
trench where well pipes are connected underground
trench where well pipes are connected underground
thermal connecting well piping
thermal connecting well piping
well piping connections
well piping connections
back filling trenches
back filling trenches
king of the mountain
king of the mountain
core drilling holes through 9 inches of concrete
core drilling holes through 9 inches of concrete
9 inch slug of concrete foundation
9 inch slug of concrete foundation
two holes through foundation for piping
two holes through foundation for piping
piping coming through basement foundation heading to heat pump
piping coming through basement foundation heading to heat pump
pressure testing the installed outdoor piping
pressure testing the installed outdoor piping
running well lines from outside to heat pump
running well lines from outside to heat pump
connecting well piping to heat pump
connecting well piping to heat pump
black plastic piping running along basement ceiling and into heat pump
black plastic piping running along basement ceiling and into heat pump
flushing the well lines
flushing the well lines
putting methanol in lines
putting methanol in lines
New larger A Coil
New larger A Coil
modifiying old plenum to recieve larger a coil
modifiying old plenum to recieve larger a coil
making an adapter to connect the old plenum to the new A coil
making an adapter to connect the old plenum to the new A coil
conneccting A coil
conneccting A coil
connecting plumbing to water storage tank
connecting plumbing to water storage tank
connecting the wiring
connecting the wiring
heat pump compressor, water storage tank heat exchanger, primary heat exchanger
heat pump compressor, water storage tank heat exchanger, primary heat exchanger
heat pump electronics
heat pump electronics
heat pump contoller
heat pump contoller
installing humidifier
installing humidifier
plumbing connecting water storage tank to water heater
plumbing connecting water storage tank to water heater
gas water heater, water pre-heater storage tank
gas water heater, water pre-heater storage tank
hot water plumbing
hot water plumbing
nothing to it
nothing to it
praying that it all works
praying that it all works
running freon lines
running freon lines
silver soldering copper tubing to new A coil
silver soldering copper tubing to new A coil
water heater, storage tank, gas furnace
water heater, storage tank, gas furnace
heat pump next to dryer
heat pump next to dryer
yard one after one week of watering
yard one after one week of watering
geothermal 9 months later-1.jpg
geothermal 9 months later-1.jpg
geothermal 9 months later-2.jpg
geothermal 9 months later-2.jpg
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