Is China Really the Leader in Green Energy?

Human caused Global Warming is basically an accepted fact in most parts of the World. But one of the biggest polluters has just announced they’re backing out of the agreement. Can you guess who that is? That’s right. It’s us. Or the U.S., if you’re not us.

And while that will be catastrophic for the world because of the whole sea level rise and droughts and hurricanes thing, it could also be a serious blunder for the U.S. economically. Saving the planet means changing how we produce and use energy. Two favorite alternative sources are solar and wind.

If the whole world is going to want these renewables, then whoever can make the best, cheapest, most efficient solar panels or wind turbines will win. It’s a wind-win, if you will. And that brings us back to the United States, and our will-they-or-won’t they relationship with accepting climate change. While other nations invest tens and even hundreds of billions in renewables, we could be stuck offering a product that nobody wants anymore.

Leader of Green Energy
Leader of Green Energy

Who is the Leader of Green Energy?

Eventually if we do come around, we’ll likely have to rely on importing technology that was developed elsewhere. Considering an American invented the solar cell in 1941, that’s a heck of a lead to blow. So, if we’re not taking the lead on this, who is?

China.

China has plenty of coal to meet their needs, so you might think they, like coal and natural gas loving America, would be inclined to keep on burning. But Chinese cities are famously polluted, and it’s hard to ignore when cities of 10s of millions of people ask if they can just breathe a little bit better, please?

China Leader of Green Energy
China Leader of Green Energy

China’s Plan for Green Energy

China has answered in a big way. They started with a 5 year plan to raise wind output nearly 63 percent and more than double solar production by 2020. They’re also constructing 20 new nuclear power plants with more planned, using and improving on technology from the west.

According to one report, they could spend as much as $782 Billion dollars to meet their emission targets by 2030. Why isn’t the US following suit? In a word, politics. Somehow climate science has become a partisan issue over here, and conservatives tend to write it off as a liberal cause.

Many conservatives see solutions to global warming as something that could hurt the economy. Basically, environmental restrictions can get in the way of businesses doing business. However, there are some on the right that see an economic opportunity with solving some issues surrounding man-made global warming.

Debbie Dooley, a founder of the far right Tea Party, is a big advocate for solar power and has gotten bans on solar lifted in Georgia because she believes consumers should have a choice. James Cason, the republican mayor of Coral Gables, Florida believes people everywhere should worry about sea level rise because of how much of our economy is dependent on goods coming in and out of ports.

Even if you don’t believe in climate change, investing in renewable energy is the smart thing to do. It’s what the rest of the world is demanding, and the first rule of sales is to give the people what they want. Investing in solar and wind could not only save the world as we know it, but we could make a buck while we’re at it. What’s more American than that?

Environmentalism may be a partisan issue now, but it didn’t use to be this way. Matt Morales follows how we got to this point in his video here. Even if you’re a climate skeptic, do you still think it’s worth investing in green technology?

Let us know in the comments . Thanks for read this article. If you’re interested, see the video source bellow from the Seeker Channel.

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4 Cool Ways Geothermal Heating & Cooling for Home Works

What if geothermal systems could heat your home in winter, cool it in summer, and provide abundant hot water all year round, all while cutting your utility bills up to 80? How?

By installing a Geothermal central heating and air conditioning system in your home.

A. How does Geothermal Heating and Cooling Work

Here’s how it works:

Wherever you live, the temperature beneath your home remains constant, regardless of the season. Just a few feet down, the earth is a consistent ClimateMaster Geothermal Heat Pump Systems harness the stable underground temperature to provide heating, cooling, and hot water at remarkably high efficiencies.

geothermal heating systems for home
geothermal heating systems for home

So high, in fact, that energy use can be cut by up to 80 percent. To access this stable underground temperature, a geothermal heat pump is connected to a series of underground loop pipes. These pipes are made from an extremely strong and long-lasting material.

Water, usually mixed with an environmentally safe antifreeze solution, is pumped through this loop pipe system.

In summer, the heat pump takes heat from the air in your home, transfers it to the underground loop system, which then radiates the heat away into the cool earth. Now cooled to a comfortable temperature, the air is circulated through your home using a traditional duct system.

In winter, the system is reversed. Heat is extracted from the ground using the same loop system. In the heat pump, the heat from the underground loop is compressed to a much higher temperature and used to warm the air in your home.

Since the geothermal system uses and earth loop to provide your home with heat in the winter, there is no need to burn any fossil fuel for heating. No flame, no carbon monoxide and environmentally friendly, geothermal systems are the smart way to heat and cool your home.

B. Geothermal Heating and Cooling System

Let’s compare a high-efficiency gas furnace to a geothermal system for heating your home. A high-efficiency gas furnace will give you less than .96 units of heat for each unit of gas burned. In contrast, a geothermal system gives you up to FIVE units of heat for each unit of electricity used.

How can that be?

A furnace makes heat by burning fossil fuel. A geothermal system doesn’t make it’s own heat. It simply collects heat from the earth and moves it to your home.

Now let’s compare a geothermal heating and cooling system to an air-source heat pump for cooling. When it’s hot outside, an air-source heat pump takes heat from your home and moves it to the outside air.

geothermal cooling systems homes
geothermal cooling systems homes

As the outside air becomes warmer in summer, it becomes harder and harder for the system to dump heat from your home into the already hot outside air. Because of this, when cooling the home with an air-source heat pump, the system becomes least efficient when it needs to be most efficient.

C. How a Heat Pump Works

A geothermal heat pump system doesn’t have this problem. A geothermal system exchanges the heat in your home with the cooler ground, using it’s underground loop system.

geothermal hot water pump
geothermal hot water pump

It simply doesn’t have to deal with high outside air temperatures the way an air-source heat pump does. Add to this the fact that a geothermal system is installed safely inside your home with a loop buried under ground. Unlike an air-source heat pump, there is no outdoor equipment exposed to the elements or the risk of vandalism.

Let’s take a look at geothermal loop systems. There are several different ways to install a geothermal loop system. Where space allows, horizontal loop are the most cost-effective loop design for most home owners. If space is limited, a vertical loop system is often the best choice.

If a nearby pond or lake is available, a coiled loop system can be used. This is the fastest, easiest loop system to install.

If a well is available that produces sufficient volumes of water, and open loop system can be installed. An open-loop system takes water from the well, pumps it through the heat pump system, and then returns it to the environment in a responsible, renewable manner.

Geothermal Hot Water
Geothermal Hot Water

And geothermal systems don’t just heat and cool your home. They can also provide you with hot water. Besides a nice shower and washing your hands, you can use the large volumes of hot water a geothermal system can produce for radiant under floor heating or even for show and ice melt under your walk ways and driveway.

D. Geothermal Installation Cost

A geothermal central heating and air conditioning system from ClimateMaster can be installed in almost any home, new or existing. They can be installed in an attic, garage or utility closet. Or in the case of a retrofit installation, they can even be installed in place of an old, outdoor air conditioning compressor section.

geothermal installation cost
geothermal installation cost

There are even more ways to save with a ClimateMaster Geothermal system than just lowering your utility bills. You can save up to 30 percent off the total cost of installing a ClimateMaster geothermal system with a federal tax credit.

geothermal installation for homes
geothermal installation for homes

Additionally, many states and local governments and utilities also offer incentives for installing a geothermal system. As the world’s largest and most progressive leader in clean, renewable geothermal technology For more than 50 years ClimateMaster has designed and manufactured industry-leading heating and cooling equipment for the commercial and residential construction market world-wide.

Visit us at climatemaster.com to learn more about geothermal central heating and air conditioning systems.

Source: youtube.com/watch?v=lY3oGlgZRgI