By Ryan Jahnke, Thermo Source (as published in the The Detroit News, Opinion Editorials)
February 16, 2013 at 1:00 am
The state of Michigan has taken a great step in encouraging wind farms, solar arrays and biodiesel, but is missing out on another tremendous source of renewable energy: Geothermal. Unlike your typical renewable energy systems, geothermal is an energy conservation measure that utilizes free, constant and continuous temperature stored naturally in the ground to provide the most energy-efficient form of comfort heating, comfort cooling, domestic hot water and even refrigeration. When compared to typical fossil fuel furnaces and air conditioners, geothermal systems can provide energy savings of up to 60 percent.