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WaterFurnace Geothermal Heat Pumps

WaterFurnaceWaterFurnace helps to inspire homeowners to environmental stewardship Black River Falls, WI – During his visit to WaterFurnace Renewable Energy (WFI:TSX)
headquarters in Fort Wayne, Ind., on June 2, 2009, U.S. Secretary of Energy Steven Chu discussed how clean technologies like geothermal heating and cooling systems are saving homeowners money on utility bills.

Months later, homeowners participating in the GreenMax Home initiative, a project of WPPI Energy, a nonprofit municipal power company headquartered in Sun Prairie, Wis., are doing just that. The GreenMax Home program supports design and lifestyle choices that move a home from “highly efficient” to “net zero.” Net zero energy homes (NZEH) combine state-of-the-art green and environmentally-friendly technologies and practices with renewable energy technology to ensure that the homes produce as much energy as they consume.

The first home completed under the GreenMax program, also the first all-electric NZEH in the region, features a geothermal heat pump (GHP) from WaterFurnace International, the leading manufacturer of residential geothermal and water source heat pumps. Homeowners of the NZEH in Black River Falls installed a WaterFurnace Synergy 3D GHP to heat and cool their home. The result is a home not only using less energy than a typical home, but actually producing as much energy as it consumes, and supplies energy back to the grid in an amount equal to the power the homeowner purchases from the grid, resulting in a "net zero" impact on the nation's energy supply. Any excess energy generated by the house is fed back into the grid.

Geothermal heat pumps, like the WaterFurnace Synergy 3D system, capitalize on the solar energy stored year-round just below the earth's surface to provide free, geothermal energy that increases the efficiency of home heating, cooling and hot water systems and reduces energy bills. The system was installed by Water Source Heating & Cooling, Inc., Eau Claire, Wis.

“Despite the difficult economic factors the country has faced, we have been fortunate to see double-digit growth in our business.” said Dan Green, president of Water Source Heating and Cooling. “I believe that is a result of the growing number of homeowners who are committed to reducing energy consumption, local and state incentives like the GreenMax Home initiative, and the administration’s commitment to increasing awareness of renewable energy technologies such as geothermal heat pumps from WaterFurnace International.”

In addition to manufacturer rebates, utility, state and now federal tax incentives that enhance the affordability of geothermal systems, this cost-effective, environmentally friendly technology offers a host of benefits to homeowners, including improved indoor air quality and a more even distribution of heating and cooling for improved comfort.

Other clean energy technologies installed in this GreenMax home include a solar photovoltaic (PV) system, ENERGY STAR®-rated windows, structural plumbing, exterior insulation and added wall thickness.

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