The Executive Order promotes Carbon Free energy by 2030, including transitioning to a fleet of 100 percent zero-emission vehicles by 2035, and plans to reach zero emissions from federal buildings by 2045. These goals are ambitious but obtainable with modern technology. Renewables are already increasing their energy market share.
One solution that has already been seeing excellent results, saving taxpayer dollars and reducing a buildings or home’s footprint by up to 75%, is Geothermal heating and cooling. Geothermal Heat Pumps (GHPs) have been around for over 40 years, and all that time they have been one of the most efficient ways possible to heat or cool a building.
The government aims to reduce carbon emissions by to reduce at least 50 percent by 2032. To that end, a GHP can make enough of an impact on its own to meet that mark. This means that retrofitting older buildings, or constructing new ones with a GHP already puts us on track for the 2032 target.
Geothermal will also be an asset when it comes to the water-related issues facing so much of our country. Replacing an outdated evaporative cooling tower with a clean and efficient GHP can save millions of gallons of water each year. This is crucial in areas where droughts are common and conserving water is key.
Geothermal is also extremely reliable. This saves on maintenance costs and downtime. Keeping our federal buildings comfortable means keeping them running and efficient. It also means less money spent on replacement parts and service calls.
Geothermal is going to be a significant tool when it comes to making our country more green and sustainable. There are already federal buildings across the country utilizing GHPs, Even in the nation’s capital, the White House guard houses utilize GHPs to combat the muggy Washington D.C. summers and brutal winters.