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Getting Down To Earth About


Geothermal Heat Pumps Surprise, this energy option truly saves you money.


it affordable for Average Joe to do so. That’s the conclusion of a nationwide marketing survey sponsored by industry giants who wanted to know how to get their customers to lower their usage.


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They should’ve asked Kiamichi Electric Cooperative (KEC). Last year, KEC kicked off a program that reduces geothermal installation costs by as much as 50 percent by eliminating the upfront cost of installing ground loops. Under the program, KEC installs and maintains the loops for a small monthly thermal energy fee.


Todd Minshall is the coordinator of KEC’s geothermal ground loop program. He said most people are surprised to hear how much they will save on purchase and installation costs alone. “And we haven’t even talked about the savings they’ll realize from reduced energy usage,” he said.


For example, KEC completed a recent installation for members near Poteau. Without KEC’s program, the couple was looking at a cost of $22,800 to install a three-ton geothermal heat pump. After meeting with a KEC-authorized HVAC contractor and discussing the program’s benefits, the hefty price dropped to $9,800.


“Removing the cost of the ground loops dropped it by $6,000 immediately,” Minshall said. “But we also figured in the energy efficiency tax credit of $5,040, and a KEC heat pump rebate of $1,950. They are saving 50 percent before their geothermal system is even turned on.”


Not surprisingly, the couple enrolled in KEC’s geothermal program and should soon witness a drop in their electric bill, as well.


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f utilities truly want their customers to embrace energy efficiency, they ought to create programs that make


Go Geothermal For Less


A Kiamichi Electric couple reduced their cost for a new, three-ton geothermal heat pump by more than half. Here’s how they did it:


COST OF UNIT+ INSTALLATION


COST OF GROUND LOOP PAID BY KEC FEDERAL ENERGY EFFICIENCY TAX CREDIT HEAT PUMP REBATE FROM KEC


COST TO MEMBER


$22,800 - $6,000 - $5,040 - $1,950


$9,800


Kiamichi Electric Cooperative


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tele: (918) 465-2338


toll free: (800) 888-2731 FAX: (918) 465-2950


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For more details on Kiamichi Electric’s geothermal ground loop program, please call 800-888-2731, or visit www.kiamichielectric.org.


Minshall said when sized and installed properly, a geothermal system can lower the typical homeowner’s energy costs by roughly 40 percent.


For the Poteau couple, the estimated energy savings of $1,083 per year should pay for the geothermal system in just nine years.


“Not only does it lower the member’s monthly bill, but it also helps Kiamichi Electric control its system-wide demand, Minshall added. “That demand determines what we will pay for wholesale electricity in the coming year.”


Of course, it will take more members going geothermal to make a real difference in KEC’s peak usage, but it’s a step in the right direction, nonetheless. To take a bite out of KEC’s wholesale power bill the co-op is aiming for 60 new geothermal installations on its lines every year.


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