Although we’ve talked about geothermal power in the past (namely that Google is throwing a ton of money at it) some of the details of its best features have been left out.

In particular, it generates enough power that solar and wind can’t even compete  (70% energy capacity compared to 20-35%), it’s energy production is unaffected by shifting weather, maintenance costs are low, and you don’t need a lot of space to install one.

In fact, any suburban home has the potential to install one in the backyard, and a system large enough to power a 4,000 square foot home would only cost $15,000 to $20,000, with a full payback in 5-10 years.

So before you hop on the solar or wind bandwagons, take a closer look at the newest alternative energy source, and what it can do for you.

Related:   10 Reasons Why We Should Use Geothermal Energy

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