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Jay Egg

Jay's passion for geothermal air-conditioning and heating started during a repair to his own home air-conditioning system 1989. Frustrated by the extreme tropical climate which had added to the premature failure of his air-conditioning system, he modified his home air conditioner to become a ground water-cooled system. Jay founded EggGeothermal in 1990 to provide geothermal HVAC systems. As a result of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, EggGeothermal entered into a new age of acceptance. Jay currently focuses his professional efforts on geothermal consulting, writing, and speaking engagements. Among his clients are federal, state and local governments, developers, associations, and private entities.
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If NYC Can Do Geothermal, Anybody Can Do Geothermal

Posted by Jay Egg

Jan 22, 2016 10:46:10 AM

LET'S FACE IT, WE ARE CREATURES OF HABIT, and when we get used to paying a certain amount for utilities, and become accustomed to replacing our air-conditioners every 10 or 15 years, why mess with the status quo? Want proof? Consider the metric system. It seems that in the US, it takes a couple of generations of adaptation, and then significant arm twisting to pull us out of our habitual comfort zones.

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Geothermal Infrastructure; Pay Your Heating Bill to the Water Company?

Posted by Jay Egg

Oct 6, 2015 9:06:00 AM

THE DAY IS COMING IN WHICH CITIES will no longer allow combustion heating (NYC 80X50; #ONENYC).  Cities and governments throughout the world have already, and continue to make similar commitments. There is only one power alternative to combustion heating; electric power.  Consider the increasingly renewables-powered electrical grid and we find that there are only two non-combustion choices available; electrical resistance heating and heat pump technology. 

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Geothermal Heating and Cooling Book; Real Cheap, Really Good!

Posted by Jay Egg

Aug 6, 2015 12:18:00 PM

IN MY EFFORTS TO GET UNDERSTANDABLE and easy to read information into the hands of consumers about green technologies, it is refreshing to see an affordable book come out on geothermal heating and cooling technologies. The new book, “Geo Power” is just that; affordable, understandable, and richly illustrated.

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Geothermal Heat Pumps for the Kids

Posted by Jay Egg

Jun 2, 2015 7:40:00 AM

“Within your lifetime, the house you live in will probably be heated and cooled by geothermal energy.”-Geothermal Day Website

 

Renwable Energy; YES!   Metric Marvels; Not so much...

OLD HABITS DIE-HARD. Many of us can remember when the public school system curriculum began metric instruction.  In 1970, I was a student at Skyline Elementary in Barstow, CA.  I distinctly remember Mrs. Sims sharing the Metric System with us in 1st grade, stating that by the time we were in high school, the Old-English measurements of miles, pounds, and pints would be all but history. What happened?

I also remember the promise of electric cars, on-line shopping (they called it “TV shopping”) and solar energy; all by the time we were in high school. I’m pleased to see that even though it’s taken a bit longer (45 years later), most of those energy efficiency initiatives have become a reality. I don’t know what to say about the metric system...

One of the forms of renewable energy that is enjoying widespread acceptance (unlike the “Metric Marvels”) is geothermal; so much so that we are have remarkable interest at elementary and upper-grade level studies.  I get increasing numbers of requests from kids all over the country for information that they can use in reports and essays on geothermal heat pump (GHP) technologies.  That’s great news.

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Happy "Geo-Solar" New Year 2015!

Posted by Jay Egg

Jan 2, 2015 6:46:54 AM

Did you know that geothermal is really solar energy from our best solar collector? Well, it is!

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The "Geothermal HVAC Dream-Team" is in Your Own Home Town

Posted by Jay Egg

Oct 13, 2014 3:10:47 PM

A geothermal team consists of all the parts to make a geothermal heating and cooling project come to fruition; and they’re likely right in your local area.  You may want to install a geothermal-solar system in your home, or have it deigned for a whole community, and the parts will be much the same.  Like a library full of books, the knowledge is there.  What makes knowledge powerful is when it is assimilated for a great purpose like earth coupled HVAC.

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Choosing A Window AC Costs More Than You Think

Posted by Jay Egg

Aug 1, 2014 11:25:00 AM

Don't let the initial low cost of an off-the-shelf window-sized air conditioner fool you. Before long, you'll be paying far more for that cool air than you would with an alternative such as geothermal.

 That back bedroom is just too hot! Maybe “they” didn't run a big enough duct, or you’ve never had AC there.

Cold Comfort. Window-sized air conditioners may seem like a good deal, but they're woefully poor users of energy.It doesn’t matter if you’re in a four room apartment or a single family home, the weather outside is hot.

The first stop for most people is the home improvement store, Amazon, or whatever else is available in a moment of desperation. We purchase a $200 window or "through-the-wall" air-conditioning unit, and pay tremendously high energy bills for a woefully inefficient product. Let's look at some of the real and intangible factors with regard to the cost of installing a window air conditioner, some of which may not have come to mind. 

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Storm Proofing; Come Inside and Out of the Weather

Posted by Jay Egg

Jun 4, 2014 11:47:30 AM

With geothermal heating and cooling systems, you can weather the storm and rest easy. The equipment is all inside, reducing premature wear and tear.  There is no equipment to encumber your landscaping or to interfere with children at play, and noise pollution is eliminated.  

On March 13, 1993, Floridians were awakened by what sounded like a passenger jet engine outside their homes.  It turned out to be 70+MPH winds from the fury of Florida’s no-name “Storm of the Century.”

Property damage was significant, and many were left without air conditioning when their outdoor condensers were destroyed by wind and water.  Clients with geothermal heat pumps fared better, sustaining no damage due to the "all-indoor" nature of a geothermal heating and cooling system.

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Geothermal HVAC and the “Negatherm” Factor

Posted by Jay Egg

May 15, 2014 12:59:00 PM

 

In our first geothermal book, Geothermal HVAC, Green Heating and Cooling (McGraw-Hill Professional, 2010, p16), Brian Clark Howard and I shared a dialogue from an article wherein a commenter said that switching from a gas furnace to ground sourced heating is increasing the burning of fossil fuels, because the power plant producing the electrical power is probably burning coal, natural gas or other fossil fuels.  The argument seems valid until you understand what we call the “Negatherm Factor”.

 “Negatherm” is a term that was coined to refer to energy that would or could have been used from fossil fuel consumption, but was never used.  “Nega”, root of “negative”, meaning unused, and “Therm”  a unit of energy equal to 100,000 BTU’s, usually measures the combustion of fossil fuels for heating a home or business.  When heating from an appliance using electricity, we use “kilo-watt-hours” (kWh).  Electricity comes from many different fuel sources including hydroelectric, solar, wind, hot rock geothermal, nuclear, natural gas, coal, and diesel to name a few.  We are certainly seeing an increase in the renewable sources, the first four in particular.

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Geothermal Heating and Cooling Systems; Great for the Environment!

Posted by Jay Egg

Apr 21, 2014 12:21:00 PM

Geothermal Heating and Cooling Systems; Great for the Environment!

An earth coupled HVAC system is packed with "Earth Friendly" benefits, especially when compared with any other types of air-conditioning and heating systems. As heating and cooling systems go, a ground sourced system comes closest to the way Mother Nature would heat and cool your home if given the opportunity.

 

That's because with geothermal, your house becomes coupled with the Earth beneath, sharing that temperature with your environmentally friendly geothermal heat pump, similar to the way the roots of trees share nutrients with their branches and leaves. Take a look at some of the environmental benefits you can enjoy with geothermal system:

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Get Your Spring-Time Energy Savings with Geothermal Pool Heating

Posted by Jay Egg

Apr 2, 2014 12:53:00 PM

SPRING IS HERE, and the cooling season is quickly approaching. Pools that have been out of commission for the winter are likely to stay that way unless we turn the heat on.  That can get expensive.

 

Stop for a moment and think of how many blow dryers, computers, cooking appliances, lights and people there are in your home that add to the cooling load.  These are all a potential source of energy that can provide domestic hot water and be used to heat spas and pools. With standard air source heat pumps or air conditioners, the heat generated inside your home typically goes out the return air ductwork and ultimately is exhausted through outside air exchange.

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After 5 Years of Stimulus, Home Energy Efficiency Emerges as Job One

Posted by Jay Egg

Mar 3, 2014 10:57:37 AM

Reviewing the five-year report to Congress on the economic impact of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, and resulting news reports and sound bites, I began to see through the rhetoric and partisanship.

Regardless of opinions, the fact is that there have been millions of jobs created in the green energy sector, and green building has arrived as the norm rather than the exception. But that is a broad brushstroke; and as the sun begins to set on the US stimulus package (2009-2016), the important thing is to look at what we have gained in the US, and where we're headed.

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Geothermal Heating and Cooling Goes Mainstream in US

Posted by Jay Egg

Feb 12, 2014 1:25:00 PM

New reports show Geothermal to be, "One of the most mature and stable platforms of renewable energy usage…" High consumer satisfaction, green building growth, and programs to reduce first cost are rocketing geothermal heating and cooling into the US mainstream.

 

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