Our local liquor store new facilities feature a concentrated collection of remarkable alternative energy generation and energy conservation measures.
It's no wonder that this new retail outlet is drawing media attention and serious study.
When I got the full tour of the store, one of the most impressive features was the geothermal energy generation system. Located in the basement, the system draws energy from deep within the earth and eliminates the need for an oil or propane furnace.
|The geothermal system|
Of course it costs more money up front to do a project like this, but the time to recoup those costs decreases everytime the cost of conventional fuels goes up. Add tax credits and rebates and the use of this green approach becomes more realistic for average small businesses and homeowners.
There is a clear advantage, though, to planning such energy efficient measures into the design of a new building.
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