Londonderry, N.H. — Bosch Thermotechnology Corp., a division of Robert Bosch North America, is announcing that October 20, 2015 is National Geothermal Day in recognition of the geothermal heating-cooling industry here in the U.S. The recognition day comes as part of National Energy Month.
Launched on Earth Day 2015, Bosch Thermotechnology is sponsoring a national geothermal awareness campaign to raise public awareness and understanding of geothermal heating & cooling technology and its environmental benefits.
The Bosch public campaign has been designed to further understanding and acceptance of geothermal technology as an unlimited, renewable form of energy. It serves to recognize and advance the industry and its dedicated stakeholders – equipment manufacturers, drillers, installing contractors, industry associations, residential home developers and homeowners.
The campaign’s centerpiece is a geothermal information website located at www.geothermalday.com. The website features a wealth of information, activities and resources relating to geothermal along with an educational video and interactive children’s activities.
New to the website is the addition of a list of available incentives and rebates provided by each state for the installation of a geothermal heat pump system. This handy resource, which is linked to the online Database for State Incentives/Rebates for Renewable Energy (DSIRE), is quick go-to tool for homeowner/buyer and contractor use.
Also new to the website are details for Volunteer and GeoSelfie Contests with cash gift card prizes to be awarded. For full details and sign up for the contests, visit www.geothermalday.com/supporters. On social media, participants should use the hashtag #GeoDay2015.
Since its launch the National Geothermal Day initiative has been recognized by a number of organizations to include the International Ground Source Heat Pump Association (IGSHPA), the Geothermal Research Council, individual GRC chapters, among others. To date more than 2,000 individuals have registered on the website as supporters.
Geothermal awareness and acceptance are growing in the U.S, assisted by fluctuating energy prices, a rebounding housing market, and increasing consumer preference to reduce carbon dependence as a lifestyle choice. Municipalities are mandating geothermal in both new government buildings and new construction.
In addition to eliminating direct burning of fossil fuel and providing clean and quiet heating and cooling, geothermal systems can also supplement or provide all the heat needed for domestic hot water, hot tubs and swimming pools, saving even more energy. They provide comfortable and quiet heat and cooling and, because no elements of the system are exposed to outside weather conditions, are extremely resilient and typically enjoy a long operational life, improving their payback.
Bosch believes that widespread adoption of geothermal technology in the years ahead will reduce carbon dependence and help create a cleaner and more sustainable world of the future, benefiting future generations.
The GeothermalDay.com website features these elements:
• Geothermal 101 introductory video
• Introduction to geothermal technology
• Geothermal features and benefits
• Information & guidance for homebuyers & homeowners
• 50 state incentives/rebates section
• Industry professionals section
• Homebuilder-property developer section
• Kids Loop section of fun materials and activities (Ages 5-13)
• Parents & educators section
• Volunteer and GeoSelfie contests
• List of resources