Geothermal and solar in Tennessee

  • Geothermal and solar in Tennessee

    Posted by NativeSouthYaYa on May 29, 2023 at 1:57 am

    Does anyone have good source/engineer/builder to learn about the feasibility of geothermal and solar for heating and cooling/alternative energy for a small house (new construction) in Middle Tennessee?

    Pinkboar replied 4 months ago 5 Members · 4 Replies
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  • BiggKidd

    May 29, 2023 at 4:15 am

    It’s doable expensive in labor and materials upfront but far less expensive than an ongoing bill. As for info each site needs it’s own research. But there are literally tons of books and videos on the subject. You may want to add a masonry stove or rocket mass heater for really cold times. More insulation and thicker walls with the proper roof edge overhang are a few key points. Overall mass can also make a huge difference.

    • Njorun38

      May 31, 2023 at 2:43 am

      Rocket stove benches with cob fascinate me as an idea for a sort of natural centralized heating that can be naturally dispersed throughout a space. Thank you for these ideas!

  • MartHale7

    May 29, 2023 at 11:27 am

    I run my mini split off solar now in Florida, and I am off grid.

    Mini splits have been life changing for me as they require less power than a standard HVAC system, and typically don’t break down as often.

  • Pinkboar

    June 5, 2023 at 12:12 pm

    I think we will go back to more dugout type housing. Where at least half the house is under a hillside. Keeping the house a more consistent temperature. Less need for heating and cooling devices.

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