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Startup eying geothermal power to heat, cool home

Jul 13, 2017, 8:28 AM EDT
Geothermal energy modeling
(Source: Idaho National Laboratory/flickr)

Alphabet’s new spinoff, Dandelion, seeks to replace homeowners’ heating and cooling systems with equipment that taps geothermal energy and pumps earth’s heat in or out of the house to regulate ambient temperature.

The system, comprising of a network of heat pump and subterranean pipes running beneath the house, is good for the planet as it is three times more efficient than existing air conditioning technologies besides being an economically better solution, notes Digital Trends.

Although the system costs $20,000, the price is offset within a short period with the savings on household energy bills, writes New Atlas.

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