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2 Kilowatt  NOVEMBER 2012 the INSIDE YOUR CO-OP


A Touchstone Energy Cooperative


Kiwash Electric


Cooperative, Inc. Providing the service


that lights up your life.


Office Location PO Box 100


120 W. 1st Street


Cordell, Oklahoma (888) 832-3362


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Staff Dennis


Krueger manager


Wendy Putman director of finance


Lisa Willard director of communications


Roy Dewees director of operations


Board of Trustees officers


Jack Sawatzky president


Robert Travis vice president


Virginia Walker sec.-treasurer


John Schaufele


asst. sec.-treasurer directors


Ralph Cunningham Leslie Hinds Rex Eagan


Cold, hard facts about geothermal heating 


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here are more and more environmentalists and other so called “tree huggers” in our society. I had a


conversation the other day with one who said, “I can do very little to clean up the air for my children and grandchildren, but you, Mr. Electric Man, can do a great deal in your industry!” While the debate between coal, natural gas, wind, and solar generation is all over the national media; I beg to differ with this person on what each and every one of us can do individually.


I believe the most environmentally  undertake is to install geothermal heating and air conditioning units in your home or business. While installing wind and solar generators at your house may be tempting, the real win-win-win situation for the consumer (you), your co-op (Kiwash Electric), and the generator (Western Farmers Electric Cooperative) is  lower utility bills all year long. Kiwash  electric load factors that translate to lower wholesale rates, which can be  by lower electric peak demand, which means the need to build a new generation plant can be postponed, another cost savings to you.


The following facts reported by Geothermal Genius, www.


geothermalgenius.com deserve your serious consideration.


Popularity


• There are over 1 million residential geothermal heat pumps currently installed in the United States. That's less than one percent of the residential units in the U.S.


• Over 60,000 geothermal heat pumps are installed in the United States each year


• Over 400,000 geothermal heat pumps are shipped in the United States.


Environmental Impact


 


• Saving 40 trillion Btu's of fossil fuels annually


• Eliminating at least 1.6 million metric tons of carbon equivalent annually


• Saving almost 8 million kilowatt hours (kwh)


• Eliminating over 5.8 million metric tons of CO2 annually


•  2.6 million kilowatts (electric demand)


Furthermore, the use of geothermal heat pumps today is equivalent to:


•  • 





Department of Energy (http://www.energy.gov). Search "Geothermal." Climate Master (http://www.climatemaster.com) Frequently Asked Questions (http://www.igshpa.okstate.edu/geothermal/faq.htm)


 


•  the road


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• Geothermal systems save up to 70 percent on heating bills and 40 percent on cooling bills


• The cost per Btu of heating  geothermal heat pumps when compared to other heating options.


Hopefully, these numbers have converted a few of you non- believers, but if you are still skeptical ask someone who already has geothermal installed because 95 percent of current geothermal users would recommend it to their friends and given the chance would install it again!


In my opinion, your investment dollars are best spent on geothermal wells and units, rather than solar, or wind generators for your home. I welcome your comments on geothermal units or geo-wells.  at 888.832.3362 or email me at dkrueger@kiwash.coop.


By Dennis Krueger general manager


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