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“Tax credits for geothermal heat pumps (GHPs) won’t last forever,” says a geothermal contractor licensed in Frontenac, MO. As the countdown for rebates on geothermal heating and cooling systems winds down, an employee of Hoffmann Brothers Geothermal specialist declares, “A 30 percent tax credit for a geothermal heating and cooling system upgrade is one of the few incentives available to American residential property owners.

 

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 provides a generous tax credit, currently available for any renewal energy, such as geothermal heat pumps, wind turbines and solar water heaters.

 

Tax Rebate Overview for Geothermal Installations In Frontenac

 

What are the limitations of the geothermal heat pump tax credits?

The tax credit for a geothermal upgrade does not come with any limitations per se. The guidelines are straightforward. Frontenac homeowners must invest in a geothermal heating and cooling system, ENERGY STAR® qualified.  And only geothermal contractors, certified with the ENERGY STAR® program meet the compliance standards of the tax credit, made possible via the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2008.

 

December 31, 2016 is the expiration date for any geothermal heating and cooling system upgrade.

 

Does the IRS recognize the 30 percent tax credit for geothermal heating and cooling systems?

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act provides American homeowners a 30 percent tax rebate or credit, for ENERGY STAR® qualified geothermal systems. The tax credit is demarcated in section 25D of the Internal Revenue Code.

 

Read more on the tax credits for a geothermal heating and cooling system

http://www.stlouisgeothermal.com/about-geothermal/tax-credits-3/residential.html

 

Other Deals for Frontenac Homeowners

As long as the tax credit remains in effect, Frontenac homeowners have an opportunity to combine other energy savings’ tax credits, including solar and wind tax credits.

 

What it the total value of the tax credit for a GHP installation?

Because all geothermal heating and cooling systems are not designed the same and include distinctive design qualities, there is no dollar cap or limitation.  The tax credit for geothermal heat and cooling systems is a 30 percent rebate on the sum of these inclusions:

 

                          An energy audit

                 The geothermal system

                 Geothermal heat pump

                 Geothermal looping systems and accessories

                 All labor costs associated with the geothermal installation (design, excavation, landscaping, etc).

 

Are any geothermal contractors licensed in Frontenac?

The preferred geothermal contractor in Frontenac, MO is Hoffmann Brothers. The Frontenac licensed geothermal heating and cooling specialist garners decades of expertise and reliable service.

 

Please dial (314) 631-5892 for a free consultation with a geothermal system contractor.

 

Disclaimer: This information is not intended to replace the expertise of a licensed tax accountant or professional.

 

 

 

 

 

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What does your carbon footprint, recycling and energy savings have to do with the earth’s well being? All contribute to the earth’s resources; clean water, air, the ozone and other factors. Geothermal Contractor Hoffmann Brothers itemizes facts pertaining to the history, a few statistics and event details about Earth Day in St. Louis.

 

Earth Day’s Vital Numbers and Statistics

 

1970

Earth Day celebrates more than 40 years of awareness. Earth Day was appointed in 1970 by U.S. Senator, Gaylord Nelson.

 

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The debut of Earth Day drew some 20,000,000 participants in America.

 

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Some Missourians take Earth Day very seriously. The St. Louis Earth Day, a non-for-profit organization hosts the second (number 2) largest Earth Day celebration in the U.S.

 

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Circa 2015 marks the St. Louis Earth Day Festival’s 26th anniversary. Additional details to the Earth Day event in St. Louis are at this URL address: http://www.stlouisearthday.org

 

About the Annual Earth Day Celebration in St. Louis

 

Each year, the non-profit organization, St. Louis Earth Day, sponsors an annual event in Missouri in honor of Earth Day. On the eve of April 25th, the 26th annual St. Louis Earth Day event will kick off at the Muny in Forest Park.  On April 26th, the recycling extravaganza of the year happens on the St Louis Community College campuses.

 

Local residents are welcome to drop off recycled goods at the St. Louis Community College Campuses. A dozen different non-for-profit agencies and local companies will be collecting recyclables, including Ameren, P2D2, Whole Foods, St. Louis Teacher’s Recycle Center, Refab and Habitat for Humanity Saint Louis.

 

Celebrate the Earth’s abundance of goodness.  Read more about this exciting event:

http://www.stlouisearthday.org/events/festival/rex/

 

Tweet us your best St Louis Earth day photos with the hastag: #FriendsofSLED photos.

 

“All year round, Hoffmann Brothers observes the earth with our energy efficient geothermal heating and cooling installations. Let us help you cut your annual energy costs by 50 percent in Saint Louis City and County. Call us for a complimentary energy audit at  (314) 631-5892.

 

 

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Energy rebates for heating and air conditioning systems continue to be one of the greatest household promotions available in Ladue, MO. Specifically, an investment on a tankless heater, geothermal heating and cooling system or a high efficiency heating and cooling system provides a residential property owner hundreds of dollars in savings.

 

Ladue Geothermal Contractor Reviews Rebates

 

Here is a review of the latest rebating available to Ladue, MO and St. Louis County property owners:

 

Laclede Ladue Rebate Program

Laclede customers earn and qualify for a rebate with the upgrade of the heating system, cooling furnaces, and other high efficiency appliances. Laclede Gas Company provides service at most households in Ladue using a gas oven, gas fired furnace or standard hot water tank.

 

Several ENERGY STAR certified appliances qualify for the Laclede Gas company rebate. Here are a few of the appliances Laclede is offering with its residential rebate:

 

     Gas furnace (an AFUE between 92 and 96 percent) rebate value $150

     Gas furnace 96 percent AFUE) rebate value $150

     Gas store water heater (20+ galleon .62 -.82 EF) rebate value $125

     Gas water heater (.82 EF ) rebate value $200

 

Please visit Laclede Gas for Additional details about the residential rebate:

http://www.lacledegas.com/efficiency/programs/residentialrebates

 

Expiration date: Laclede’s residential rebate program continues as long as supplies last.

 

With a Hoffmann Brother’s Heating and Cooling coupon for installations and repairs, Ladue homeowners can save hundreds on a new furnace or water heater installation.

 

Rebates for Geothermal Upgrades in Ladue MO

A 30 percent rebate with an unlimited cap is the best rebate offer for Ladue residents for three reasons. Primarily, geothermal systems provide more than 20 years of energy savings. Moreover, with the current tax rebate, Ladue property owners save on the front and back end of a geothermal heating and cooling system upgrade.

 

“Tax credits for Geothermal heating and cooling systems are not a mainstay in Ladue, or anywhere in Missouri,” says a geothermal contractor of Hoffmann Brothers.

 

With the current U.S. federal tax credit, homeowners save almost one-third of the cost for the geothermal heat pump, installation, excavation, labor and any other expenses related to the system (i.e. landscaping).

 

Expiration date: Tax credit/rebates for a geothermal heat pump, geothermal installation and parts expires on December 21, 2016.

 

Learn more about geothermal systems in Ladue MO,  http://www.stlouisgeothermal.com/ladue-geothermal.html <here.

 

Please dial (314) 631-5892 for a hassle free consultation with a geothermal system expert.

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Does a geothermal installation depreciate property value? Do geothermal systems pose any types of risks such as contamination, poor indoor air quality or injury? What are the chances of paying more on the annual energy bill with a geothermal heating and cooling system?

 

Des Peres Geothermal Contractor Fields FAQs

A geothermal contractor licensed in Des Peres MO addresses the most common questions related to a geothermal system installation.

 

Does a Geothermal Heating and Cooling System Affect Property Value?

Unless a geothermal heating and cooling system is over 20 years old and not maintained according to the manufacturer’s guidelines, these energy efficient systems will not depreciate a property’s value. In fact, many real estate reports and studies indicate that properties appreciate in value with a geothermal installation.

 

“Residential properties with the latest geothermal heating and cooling system stand out among similar properties in Des Peres,” shares a housing analyst.

 

What Are the Risks, Associated with a Geothermal Upgrade?

Unlike any other renovation, geothermal renovations accompany few uncertainties.

Indoor air quality improves with a geothermal heating and cooling system because fewer fossil fuels are released in the home when the air conditioner or furnace goes on.

 

FYI: Monthly air filter changes are essential to the health of a geothermal heating and cooling systems performance, longevity and warranty requirements.

 

Geothermal looping systems are buried beneath the ground, out of sight. As a result, a geothermal installation should not pose any injurious risks.

 

Do Geothermal Systems Really Trim Annual Heating and Cooling Expenses?

Geothermal heating and cooling systems truly reduce energy costs associated with heating and cooling a home, starting at 35 percent.

 

Moreover, the Department of Energy (DOE) requires homeowners to have an energy audit to ensure that a single-family home will benefit from a geothermal installation.

 

Because these HVAC systems are so energy efficient, spacious homes curtail annual energy costs related to cooling and warming the home, ranging from 36 to 71 percent a year.

 

Des Peres homeowners, upgrading to a geothermal heating and cooling system can anticipate to yield a return on the geothermal system investment in as soon as five years, with the aid of the current energy tax credits. And even without the availability of an energy credit, there’s a 7 to 10 year return on investment with a geothermal heating and cooling upgrade.

 

Additional resources about geothermal heating and cooling systems:

 

ü  Qualifying for a 30 percent tax credit: http://www.stlouisgeothermal.com/about-geothermal/tax-credits-3/residential.html

ü  Des Peres residential property owners http://stlouisgeothermal.com/des-peres-geothermal.html

 

Please dial (314) 631-5892 to speak to a geothermal system expert.

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Geothermal systems fuel a real energy savings. The proof is in the numbers and a count of the advantages made possible with a geothermal heating and cooling system upgrade.

 

Hoffmann Brothers, a St. Louis City contractor with a longstanding reputation for designing and installing geothermal systems reviews a count on geothermal systems.

 

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From now through December 31, 2016, an ENERGY STAR qualified geothermal heating and cooling system, which meets the latest energy specifications, qualifies for a 30 percent tax credit.

 

“A 30 percent tax credit for a geothermal heat pump is an amazing deal, when you consider how it covers all geothermal components, accessories and labor (including installation, excavation and even landscaping.) And the 30 percent tax credit does not have an upper limit.

 

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In the U.S. geothermal capacity exceeds more than 3300 megawatt, spanning eight states.

 

Our customers in St. Louis City generally curtail between 40 and 75 percent of the energy costs associated with heating and cooling their home.

 

Read more about geothermal systems in St. Louis City, http://www.stlouisgeothermal.com/about-geothermal.html

 

300

Geothermal heating and cooling systems renew and reuse energy numerous times, conserving energy consumption by 300 percent.

 

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Californian homeowners’ account for 80 percent of the geothermal population in the United States.

Source: http://www.ucsusa.org/clean_energy/technology_and_impacts/energy_technologies/how-geothermal-energy-works.html

 

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On average, geothermal systems provide at least 20 plus years of reliable performance.

 

35

Thirty-five percent is the minimum annual savings that homeowners can anticipate to save with a new geothermal heating and cooling system.

 

 

 

50

Ground source heat pumps benefit from a constant year round temperature of 50°F, using the cool and warm reserves of the earth.

 

DID YOU KNOW?  Geothermal heating and cooling systems also function as a source for heating water.

 

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With the availability of tax credits, homeowners can recoup the investment costs of a  geothermal heat pump within the first 5 to 10 years.

 

Without the current tax credits, the U.S. Department of Energy calculates an 8 to 12 year investment on a geothermal heating and cooling system.

 

Find out how much your St. Louis City home can save with a geothermal heating and cooling system upgrade.

 

Please visit our resource page for Saint Louis City homeowners on geothermal installations. http://stlouisgeothermal.com/st-louis-city-geothermal.html

 

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Although the maintenance specifications of a geothermal system pale in comparison to a standard heating system, these energy renewing HVAC systems do call for some care. A geothermal contractor, serving the communities of Jefferson County shares what to know about geothermal heating and cooling systems. 

 

About Geothermal Maintenance

Standard heating and cooling systems use fossil fuels, demanding greater maintenance requirements. Even though, most geothermal systems have nominal maintenance specifications, certain models call for a bi-annual to yearly service call to flush loops, calibrate pressurization, and clean drain pans and other parts. 

 

Open loop geothermal systems generally necessitate more maintenance than a closed loop system, depending on the water source.  For instance, a heat exchanger, configured to an open well is predisposed to sediment accumulation. 

 

Read more about geothermal systems, here: http://www.stlouisgeothermal.com/about-geothermal.html

 

Geothermal System Failure

Geothermal systems live a healthy lifecycle. Operating for as long as 20-plus years, these energy efficient heating and cooling units are not predisposed to failure and performance unreliability. However, there are a few reasons that a geothermal system might fail.

 

Dirty filters hinder air circulation as well as proper heating and cooling performance.

When air filters become dirt laden, a geothermal's low and high-pressure limit sensors will temporarily stop working. Sensors also malfunction if there is an obstruction on the return air grilles; or even when air diffusers close. In either case, a geothermal system will shut down.

 

“Every two weeks, check air filters and replace each month as needed. Always turn off the geothermal system before changing air filters,” advises a Jefferson County geothermal contractor.

 

Geothermal Repair Costs

Geothermal repair costs vary, depending on the service call. During the initial 365-days of ownership, the first geothermal repair cost is waived and included with the geothermal tax rebate incentive.

 

“If your geothermal heating and cooling system keeps shutting down, needing repetitive resets, a geothermal repair will resolve the problem sooner rather than later,” prescribes a technician of Hoffmann Brothers geothermal in Jefferson County.

 

Noteworthy fact about geothermal repair costs: Prior to the geothermal repair, be sure to review all warranties, for an understanding of which warranties cover specific geothermal accessories and components (i.e. electric, heater, thermostat, zoning, etc).

 

Geothermal repair costs hinge on the parts and labor involved during the service call. In Jefferson County, Hoffmann Brothers is the preferred name for geothermal installations and repairs.

 

Claim a $20 savings on your next geothermal repair, here:

http://www.stlouisgeothermal.com/jefferson-county-geothermal.html

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A geothermal loop installation entails more than a one-hour house call with a heating and cooling contractor. From the energy audit, soil testing to the type of accessories, geothermal horizontal and vertical loops involve many facets before they’re ever installed.

 

With more than 20 years experience, designing geothermal heating and cooling systems, a geothermal contractor licensed in St. Charles County itemizes a few essential details on geothermal installations. 

 

St. Charles County, Other Factors that Influence a Geothermal Installation

 

Why an energy audit is a prerequisite to geothermal installation?

To ensure that American homeowners will truly benefit from upgrading to a geothermal system, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Department of Energy (DOE) mandate a complete energy audit.

 

The assessment evaluates an entire home’s comfort system, insulation, windows and other elements affecting its energy efficiency. An energy audit calculates how much energy a home stands to save with a geothermal heating and cooling system.

 

“If you’re considering a geothermal system in St. Charles County, make sure the calculated upgrade registers at least a 30 percent yearly energy savings. On average, St. Charles County residential property owners save between 30 and 70 percent of the annual energy costs linked to heating and cooling the home,” suggests a geothermal contractor. 

 

How space, soil, and water conditions influence geothermal loop installations.

Soil and water conditions influence the type of geothermal loop and the process of the geothermal installation. Water or an environmentally compatible antifreeze course through the loops of geothermal systems.

 

        Generally, a vertical geothermal loop installation conserves the most space, accommodating rocky soil banks.

 

        Horizontal geothermal heating and cooling loop installations are ideal for new construction or expansive exterior spaces. A horizontal loop installation is incompatible for craggy-rough soil.

 

        Open loop systems complement the St. Charles County property that uses well water. The well should be able to manage four to eight gallons of water per minute (GPM). Hoffmann Brothers geothermal contractors consider open loop geothermal systems more efficient than a closed loop unit.

 

Noteworthy: On any given week, Hoffmann Brothers (St. Charles County premier geothermal designer) completes a vertical geothermal loop installation.

 

Building Permits

As geothermal heating and cooling system installations involve excavation and water, a building permit must be obtained. Geothermal contractors need to submit plans and gain approval with St. Charles County prior to installation.

 

Hoffmann Brothers is the consummate geothermal contractor in St. Charles County for installations and repairs. This web page: http://www.stlouisgeothermal.com/about-geothermal/geothermal-loops-2.html details additional information for homeowners who plan to replace a conventional HVAC system with a geothermal heating and cooling system.

 

 

 

 

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In January, Florissant Mayor Schneider countered Ameren’s request for another utility rate increase. As the bylaws and legislation for the sustainability act go into effect, households around America can anticipate spikes in the utility bill,” warns a geothermal contractor licensed in St. Louis County.

 

To improve America’s electric grid and utility, Ameren and other utility companies will be passing on the outlays to its consumers. Based on reports by city officials familiar with the infrastructure improvement, Ameren Missouri is requesting a 9.65% rate increase, estimated to cost the average St. Louis County residential property owner approximately $10.00 a month or an approximate $120.00 annually.

 

Tax rebates, energy credits or tax credits won’t be available forever. A wave of tax credits will expire shortly after the U.S. EPA unveils a new energy policy. There is growing speculation that home electricity and natural gas prices will jump to accommodate infrastructural improvements. Accompanying stringent energy conservation standards regulations could follow.

 

Yet, while the improvements are being touted to “benefit residential and business customers,” geothermal heating and cooling systems offer St. Louis County homeowners a modicum of energy independence and an energy savings ranging from 35 percent to 70 percent a year.

 

“Energy credits for appliances which use or renew energy are still available. By redeeming these energy credits, homeowners can ultimately offset future energy hikes,” discloses a spokesperson of the St. Louis geothermal contractor.

 

If your home’s energy bills have increased over the last two years and your furnace is approaching 12 years or more, a heating system replacement may be in order. Instead of replacing with a standard heating and air conditioning system, any investment for an ENERGY STAR certified geothermal heating and cooling system qualifies for a 30 percent tax credit.

 

While the process of going from standard to geothermal may seem daunting, a licensed geothermal contractor simplifies the entire process. In Saint Louis County, MO, Hoffmann Brothers Geothermal is the go-to company for ENERGY STAR compliant geothermal system installations and repairs.

 

Read more on geothermal installations, here:

http://stlouisgeothermal.com/st-louis-county-geothermal.html

 

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While most YouTube videos pertaining to geothermal heat pump systems (GHPS) won’t win an Oscar or Golden Globe award, the information value is well worth 10 minutes of viewing time.

 

Hoffmann Brothers a leading engineer for geothermal heat pump systems in Saint Louis City and County recommends the following video.

 

A video titled, “St. Louis Geothermal Financial Benefits,” was produced by Hoffmann Brothers, a geothermal heating and cooling contractor. This two-minute video highlights a fast study on geothermal heating and cooling systems. Hoffmann Brothers’ itemizes the financial advantages of upgrading to a geothermal heat pump system. Viewers learn how the renewable energy sustains an energy efficiency of 300 percent, current tax credits as well as the labor involved.

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On February 21, Saint Louis County residents are invited to attend an open house presentation on the GeoComfort System, hosted by Proud Green Home. Additional details on this open house event are viewable at the Proud Green Home website: http://www.proudgreenhome.com/videos/proud-green-home-of-st-louis-open-house-scheduled/

 

 

FACTOID: Geothermal heat pump systems are prime for Saint Louis residential and commercial property owners.  The average household conserves between 35 and 70 percent of its annual energy costs, associated with heating and cooling the home. 

 

 

 

 

The St. Louis Geothermal FAQ video answers the common questions posed by Saint Louis residents.

 

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With all the current rebates and tax credits for geothermal systems upgrades, there’s a tendency to overlook those minor details pertaining to the geothermal installation itself.

If you’re considering a geothermal heating and cooling installation in Wildwood, MO, there are several things to decide before finalizing all the details.

 

Most Wildwood homeowners are familiar with all the compliance issues related to securing a 30 percent tax credit. But understanding all the guidelines to securing a building permit, excavation-zoning laws and clean water regulations is a little different.

 

In Wildwood, residential property owners have to abide by city ordinances and zoning laws for renovations, including geothermal heat pump installations.

 

Why are building permits a legal requirement in Wildwood?

A building permit ensures homeowners that their home is structurally secure for an upgrade or renovation. Because the city of Wildwood is concerned about the well being of its property owners, citizens and residents, building permits are a requirement for any project involving a property’s structure, land excavation or the water supply.

 

The city of Wildwood requires a building permit for any project involving structural modifications, new plumbing lines, mechanical work or electrical work.

 

Please visit the city of Wildwood’s resource page to review additional details on building permits. http://www.cityofwildwood.com/187/Building-Permits

or dial 314-615-2559 to confer with a representative at the St. Louis County Public Works Department.

 

Because geothermal looping systems entail ground excavation of 6 feet of more, these renovation upgrades call for a Wildwood building permit. The city prohibits property owners from infringing upon neighbor’s property lines, triggering drainage problems or causing erosion. 

 

“When we design geothermal heating and cooling systems for households in Wildwood, we coordinate the worker’s permit, all the geothermal heating and cooling parts, accessories and sometimes the financing materials,” boasts a geothermal engineer of Hoffmann Brothers. 

 

As for hiring an expert geothermal contractor in Wildwood, MO, Hoffmann Brothers is the preferred provider.

Please visit this page http://www.stlouisgeothermal.com/resources.htmlto learn more about upgrading to a geothermal heating and cooling system in Wildwood.

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Kirkwood Missouri Geothermal Contractor Reviews Local Rebate

Kirkwood Missouri geothermal heating and cooling contractor reveals the details of another rebate available to Kirkwood Electric customers.

 

“If a geothermal heat pump is not within your household’s budget, perhaps an electric heat pump is an option. Kirkwood Electric is offering its customers a rare opportunity to invest, redeem and recoup a savings on their energy bill,” announces a

Kirkwood Missouri geothermal heating and cooling contractor.

 

The Rebate Value

With an electric heat pump and water heater upgrade, Kirkwood property owners qualify for a $400 rebate. 

 

The rebate value for the electric heat pump upgrade is $300 and the water heater is $100.

 

The Energy Debate

According to sources of the electric company, electric heating sources are less expensive than gas.

 

“Even though electric heat pumps do not conserve as much energy as a geothermal heat pump or ground source heat pumps (GSHP), the heating and cooling systems are still more efficient than any other heating sources,” comments a Kirkwood Missouri heating and cooling contractor.

 

Rebate Requirements

Kirkwood Electric’s rebate program is straightforward. New and existing customers have to buy an electric heat pump with various minimum requirements. The heat pump’s air conditioning component must have a capacity of 1.5 tons or more and seasonal energy efficient ratio SEER of 9.5 or higher. And, the hot water heater has to store 20 gallons of water or more.

 

Next, Kirkwood Missouri homeowners have to hire a Kirkwood, Missouri licensed HVAC contractor or electrician for the installation. Once the new equipment has been verified, the rebate is mailed within two months.

 

NOTEWORTHY: Even though electric hot water heating systems and heat pumps cost less to operate than standard water heating systems and gas burning furnaces, they are not as energy efficient as a geothermal heating and cooling system.

 

The renewable energy produced by ground source heat pump (GSHP) is far more efficient than gas and electric combined.

 

Before you buy an electric heat pump or a hot water heater, compare rebates at Kirkwood Missouri geothermal heating and cooling (http://www.stlouisgeothermal.com/about-geothermal/tax-credits-3.html/).

 

Additional Resources:

 

  • Kirkwood Electric Rebate

http://www.kirkwoodmo.org/content/City-Departments/2020/rebate-program.aspx

  • Kirkwood Missouri Geothermal Heating and Cooling

http://www.stlouisgeothermal.com/kirkwood-geothermal.html/

 

 

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 “The best home renovation project yields a return on investment. Forward-thinking St. Charles County homeowners may consider energy alternatives to offset the imminent energy increase that electricity and gas companies will be passing on to customers,” acknowledges a geothermal contractor.

 

There is speculation that most St. Charles County consumers will see a 15 to 25 percent rate increase in energy costs over the next five years to administer gridline and network upgrades across America. A geothermal heat pump (GHP) tends to accommodate the Saint Charles household, seeking energy independence.

 

Why Geothermal Units Suit St. Charles County Homeowners

“Planning a geothermal heating and cooling improvement poses the least headaches of any other renovation projects,” attests a spokesperson of St. Charles County geothermal firm, Hoffmann Brothers.

 

Normally, St. Charles County residential property owners rely on good references, a current license and an insurance certificate to validate a contractors’ professionalism.

Geothermal contractors have to maintain more than a history, license and insurance policy. Certification with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) ENERGY STAR ® program is another prerequisite, which offers St. Charles County homeowners the assurance that a geothermal system is designed in compliance to reduce carbon emissions and energy costs.

 

At present date, Saint Charles households qualify for a 30 percent tax credit with an ENERGY STAR® certified geothermal heating and cooling purchase.

 

How to Determine if a Residential Property is a Good Geothermal Candidate?

To determine if a geothermal system is appropriate for a St. Charles County property, a specialist will first evaluate how much your home spends each year in heating and cooling costs and the origin of a household’s energy losses and other factors (i.e. soil, sun exposure, etc).

 

NOTEWORTHY: A geothermal system upgrade saves the average Saint Charles household as much as 70 percent in annual expenditures associated with heating and cooling system.

 

The compilation of information is part of the energy audit, administered by a geothermal contractor licensed in St. Charles County. Once the audit is complete, weigh whether your household will benefit from a geothermal heating and cooling system upgrade. The energy audit should show that a home would trim at least 35 percent of its annual energy expenditures associated with heating and cooling.

 

Keep in mind: A geothermal system does not entail the same maintenance specifications as a conventional heating and cooling system. Most geothermal systems have fewer parts without direct exposure to exterior elements.

 

With a certified geothermal specialist, St. Charles County homeowners need not do anything—but coordinate the renovation date.

 

Start planning your geothermal renovation project of 2015> http://www.stlouisgeothermal.com <here.

 

 

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Clayton Geothermal Contractor Sheds Light on GHP Warranties

Are you thinking about investing in a geothermal heating and cooling system? If you’re like most Clayton homeowners, you’re probably unfamiliar with how a geothermal warranty differs from other household appliances.

 

The warranty on a geothermal heating and cooling system is tantamount to an insurance policy. Since the average geothermal system has a lifecycle, ranging from 20 to 30 years, homeowner can protect their investment by understanding and adhering to the manufacturer’s warranty.

 

General Warranty Inclusions:

From the geothermal accessories, compressor, the coaxial exchanger to the installation, manufacturers offer varying warranty spans.

 

Completing the Geothermal Warranty:

Unlike other home appliance warranties, where the Clayton homeowner is usually responsible for completing the warranty registration, geothermal warranties have to be completed by the geothermal technician.

 

NOTEWORTHY: When selling a home, Clayton MO homeowners can transfer a warranty to the buyer. However, certain geothermal accessories are not transferable (i.e.: electric heater, thermostat, flow center, etc.)

 

Geothermal Warranty Expiration Date:

Within the first two-weeks or 10-business days of the geothermal equipment installation, Clayton homeowners must register the warranty with the geothermal manufacturer.

 

Warranty Installation Requirement:

Clayton MO residential property owners have to comply with local, state and federal regulations. All three jurisdictions mandate that only an U.S. ENERGY STAR® qualified geothermal technician has the proper certification to install a geothermal system.

 

Safety, health and equipment failure can result from an improperly installed geothermal system and accessories (loops, coils, refrigerants, water and electrical connections).

 

Further resources on geothermal warranties and installations: www.stlouisgeothermal.com/resources.html

 

Warranty Exclusions:

Even though geothermal heating and cooling systems accompany low care requirements, such as air filter changes, geothermal loop flushing and drain pan cleaning, warranties do no cover any geothermal maintenance expenditures.

 

Most geothermal manufacturer warranties do no cover a malfunctioning system due to a flood, fire, airborne contaminants associated with causing corrosion, or a defect caused due to improper installation.

 

The aforementioned warranty exclusions are one reason why Clayton homeowners can entrust their geothermal installation to Hoffmann Brothers geothermal contractors.

For more than two decades, Hoffmann Brothers has been helping homeowners of southeast Missouri cut their home’s heating and cooling energy costs.

 

If you’re considering a geothermal heating and cooling system for a residential property in Clayton MO, please dial (314) 631-5892 or bookmark this URL address http://www.stlouisgeothermal.com/clayton-geothermal.html.

 

 

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Geothermal Contractor Reviews the Benefits of GSHP

Geothermal upgrades are the kind of renovation Town and Country homeowners can bank on. As utility companies institute power grid improvements and work to comply with new energy conservation standards, energy expenditures won’t be shrinking anytime soon.

 

“Geothermal heating and cooling systems offer Town and Country residential property owners an opportunity to be almost energy independent,” Review three more good reasons to upgrade to a geothermal system.

 

Definitive Energy Savings

Ground source heat pumps are the underlying technology of a geothermal heating and cooling system. Renewing energy sources from the sun and home, geothermal systems curtail 35 to 70 percent of an annual energy savings.

 

The GSHP Return on Investment

Town and Country homeowners start recouping a geothermal system investment within five years, following installation.

 

For additional local incentives, be sure to visit the Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency at www.dsireusa.org.

 

Nominal energy costs.

The overall expense of owning a geothermal heating and cooling system to condition air comfort all year long is nominal. Averaging more than 20 years in life expectancy and having fewer maintenance specifications, geothermal systems rival standard heating systems in all around operational savings.

 

Timing is key for those Town and Country properties weighing the investment of a geothermal system. The American Reinvestment and Recovery Act authorizes homeowners that install a geothermal heating and cooling system to redeem a 30 percent tax credit for any ENERGY STAR® qualified GSHP installation prior to December 31, 2016.

 

This 30 percent tax credit is significant. It provides Town and Country homeowners an uncapped opportunity to recoup almost a third of the initial investment on their next tax filing. (To claim a geothermal tax credit, use IRS Form 5695 for Residential Energy Efficient Property Credit.)

 

Further reading on geothermal systems in town and country

http://www.stlouisgeothermal.com/town-a-country-geothermal.html

 

 

When it comes to GHSP design and geothermal installation, Hoffmann Brothers

is the most trusted name in Town and Country.

 

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Best Home Improvement Project In Ladue

Geothermal system upgrades are rarely featured among the home improvement projects on HGTV and the DIY Network. Out of all the remodeling projects a Ladue MO homeowner can make—a new geothermal heating and cooling system trumps all other renovations and upgrades.

 

NOTEWORTHY: The average geothermal system manages a 30-year lifecycle of energy savings.

 

Are Geothermal Systems a Savvy Investment?

Dissimilar to other home remodeling projects in Ladue MO, a geothermal system upgrade ultimately pays for itself. Because it yields an energy savings, ranging between 35 and 70 percent annually, homeowners generally recoup the initial investment in energy savings within the first five to seven years subsequent to a geothermal heating and cooling upgrade.

 

Additional details on geothermal installations in Ladue MO http://www.stlouisgeothermal.com/ladue-geothermal.html

 

Why Geothermal Heating Systems Have the Best Contractors?

Hiring a geothermal heating and cooling contractor is simpler than hiring any other contractor for a remodeling project. In comparison to a home improvement contractor, geothermal contractors have to comply and maintain certification in accordance with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) ENERGY STAR® program.

 

While solar panels afford a modicum of energy conservation, the renewable energy calls for greater upkeep and maintenance costs than a geothermal system.

 

Why It’s Important to Time a Geothermal Heating and Cooling System Upgrade.

As the EPA refines its clean air standards and narrows its monetary policies, Ladue residential property owners should anticipate the ENERGY STAR 30% tax rebate program to come to end sooner than December 31, 2016.

 

Do All Ladue Homes Benefit from a Geothermal Heating and Cooling System?

The ENERGY STAR® program requires homeowners to have an energy audit, demonstrating how much a residential property will ultimately save from an upgrade.

 

“The energy assessment measures how much a home currently expends and the projected savings with an geothermal installation. The energy audit serves as a checks and balance system for homeowners and geothermal contractors,” explains Robert Hoffmann, mechanical engineer and founder of Geothermal Contractors.

 

In Ladue, property owners need to comply with regulations pertaining to water, excavation and work permits. Soil conditions, exterior space, and other factors influence whether a Geothermal system is compatible with a Ladue abode.

 

Find out if your Ladue MO home is a prime candidate for a geothermal upgrade

http://www.stlouisgeothermal.com/ladue-geothermal.html.

 

In order to qualify for the Energy tax credit and because Ladue MO municipal and residential codes have specific plumbing, excavation and geothermal statutes, only an Energy Star certified geothermal contractor has the credentials to install a geothermal heat pump, loop systems and its accessories.

 

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What do geothermal heat pumps, ground source heat pumps (GSHP) and air source heat pumps (ASHPs) have in common? Aside from affording higher energize efficiency; each qualifies for some form of energy rebate.

 

Geothermal Heat Pump and GSHP Rebates

"Even though a few utility rebates have expired, there are plenty of additional tax rebates and incentives available, or at least while supplies last,” announces a spokesperson at the preferred geothermal contractor, serving homeowners and businesses of Chesterfield, MO.

 

“With the availability of the U.S. tax credit on geothermal upgrades, it’s merely buying a geothermal heating and cooling system for a third of the price. From the ground source heat pump, design, excavation, landscaping to the installation, there’s no cap or limitation on this rebate,” acknowledges a Chesterfield licensed, geothermal contractor.

 

Geothermal heat pumps and geothermal installations adhering to all the compliance standards as mandated by the ENERGY STAR® program, qualify for a 30 percent tax rebate.

 

"However, Chesterfield homeowners need not fret about meeting all the requirements to qualify for a geothermal installation.  We’re designing geothermal residential and commercial properties, we have all the resources and procedures to ensure your home complies with all eligibility standards," notes a geothermal contractor, employed at Hoffmann Brothers.

 

 

Further readings on geothermal heat pump tax credits and rebates are at this URL address: http://www.stlouisgeothermal.com/about-geothermal/tax-credits/residential.html

 

Other Utility Energy Rebates and Incentives

 

Missouri Residential Electric Customers Cool Savers Rebates.

Rebates for an air sourced heat pump replacement with a 14 SEER (seasonal energy efficiency ratio), start at $400 or for an ASHP with 16+ SEER, $550. Dual fuel heat pumps also qualify for an energy rebate.

 

Cuivre River customers have an opportunity to participate in the company's rebates for energy program, dubbed - Take Control & Save Rebates. These energy efficient heating and cooling sources qualify: ground source heat pumps, heat pumps and water heaters (excluding tankless water heaters).

 

And for standard heating, cooling and water heating rebates, Laclede Gas’ ‘high efficient rebate’ enables customers to qualify for a $25 rebate on an electronic programmable setback thermostat; and up to $200 on water heaters, gas boilers or gas furnaces (in compliance with the energy standards outlined in the rebate program).

 

**However, it is noteworthy that the aforementioned rebates are available while supplies last.

 

Whichever energy rebate you decide to redeem, you can rely on Hoffmann Brothers Geothermal Heating and Cooling Contractors for expert installations and extra savings. Further information on tax rebates for Chesterfield is at this URL address> http://www.stlouisgeothermal.com/chesterfield-geothermal.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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If you're considering a geothermal heating and cooling system in Des Peres, MO, there are three details to weigh. Hoffmann Brothers, a recognized leader of geothermal design in Des Peres, Missouri emphasizes three pertinent facts you should know.

 

1) Do-it-yourself (DIY) geothermal installations do NOT qualify for the 30 percent tax energy credit. The U.S. Department of Energy and Environmental Protection Agency's tax credit on renewable energy home improvements includes a few stringent requirements. These requirements are designed to assure that homeowners are upgrading to the most energy efficient system, as well as safety. As a result, geothermal installations have to be configured by an ENERGY STAR® certified geothermal contractor.

 

2) Not all geothermal installations are intricate.

The intricacy of a geothermal system installation hinges on two key factors: exterior space and an existing forced air system. For the installation, where excavation capacity is limited, a geothermal heating and cooling system design calls for vertical loops. This type of geothermal installation is generally more complex than a geothermal heating and cooling system involving horizontal loops, due to the excavation process.

 

A geothermal heat pump affords a flexible installation,

especially in spaces where a forced system resides.

 

Another straightforward geothermal installation, in a Des Peres, MO home, is possible when there is an existing forced air system and/or ductwork. This upgrade is often referred to as a geothermal retrofit.

 

In Des Peres, MO, only heating and cooling contractors who are licensed to install  geothermal systems have the authority to design the energy efficient comfort systems.

 

3) Geothermal heating and cooling systems are ideal for commercial complexes, apartment and condominium buildings and other commercial spaces where numerous systems connect. Streamlining zone control with internal load balancing loops, enables the capacity to hook to multiple sets of horizontal or buried vertical loops.

 

Hoffmann Brothers has been designing geothermal systems for households in and near Des Peres, MO for several decades.

 

 

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“Geothermal systems are not for every household in Wildwood MO. Yet, residential owners looking to trim annual comfort costs, conserve as much as $1800 a year with a geothermal heating and cooling system. Geothermal heating and cooling systems are 305 percent more efficient than a brand new ENERGY STAR® certified heating and cooling system. Because the geothermal technology utilizes stored energy, annual energy savings range from 30 percent to 70 percent in Wildwood MO.

 

But what other factors, pertaining to a geothermal heating and cooling system, are beneficial?

 

Additional Benefits of Geothermal Heating and Cooling

 

Healthier Indoor Air Quality.

Cleaner air quality is another redeeming quality of geothermal looping systems. A Wildwood MO home powered by a geothermal heating and cooling system does not have the noxious fumes that are released in a household conditioned by a conventional heating and cooling system.

 

“A lifetime of warmth and precisely chilled comfort, without the expense, is why more Wildwood MO homeowners are upgrading to a geothermal heating and cooling system,” asserts a technician at Hoffmann Bros geothermal.

 

The average geothermal heating and cooling system lasts between 25-30 years. That’s at least a lifetime savings of $200,000 in heating and cooling costs over the next 25-years.

 

Energy savings is the overwhelming benefit of upgrading to geothermal heating and cooling system. The owner and founder of Hoffmann Bros. geothermal contractor itemizes the financial benefits of the renewable heating and cooling system. Watch this resource video.

 

30 Percent Tax Credit / Rebate in Wildwood MO

Wildwood MO homeowners that upgrade to a geothermal heating and cooling system, qualify for a 30 percent tax credit. The energy tax incentive covers all labor costs associated with installing a geothermal system (design, ground excavation) as well as all the geothermal heating and cooling parts.

 

Free hot water when temperature is above 70 degrees Fahrenheit.

Never pay to heat the home’s water supply; hence free flowing hot water. 

Geothermal systems designed with a desuperheater, heat the home’s water supply. Wildwood MO homes using a geothermal system with a desuperheater have a free supply of hot water from the month of May through the end of September.

 

Read more on geothermal systems in Wildwood MO, HERE: http://www.stlouisgeothermal.com/wildwood-geothermal.html

 

 

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If you were to bet on the best energy efficient technology in your Wildwood Missouri home, would geothermal or solar energy be the winner? In the ‘Show Me’ state, geothermal fares more benefits than solar energy.

 

At present date, solar energy and geothermal heating and cooling upgrades qualify for a “Federal Tax Credit for Consumer Energy Efficiency.” The energy tax incentive is quite attractive as it affords Wildwood homeowners a 30 percent rebate on any solar or geothermal upgrades.

 

Although the upgrades need to comply with the Energy Star program, some of these tax rebates yield an immediate return on investment.

Read more on geothermal tax credits http://www.stlouisgeothermal.com/about-geothermal/tax-credits/residential.html

 

 

Through the end of 2016, solar panels qualify for the tax credit with a few provisions:

 

1)    Only solar panels or Photovoltaic systems, (solar cells which capture ultraviolet light from the sun converting it to electricity) qualify for the energy credit.

 

(Solar panels have to be certified by the Solar Rating and Certification Corporation (SRCC) or a comparable agency, as endorsed by the federal government of the state, where the solar system is installed).

 

2) The solar panel requirement also has to comply with both fire and electrical codes of Wildwood, MO.

 

Geothermal heating and cooling tax credit requirements are more straightforward in Wildwood, MO.

 

Wildwood homeowners have to invest in any geothermal heating and cooling system, meeting the basic ENERGY STAR ® prerequisites to qualify for a tax credit.

 

Since heating and cooling costs account for the greatest household expense, geothermal heating and cooling systems innately save Wildwood homeowners up to 70 percent in annual heating and cooling expenses.

 

But when homeowners compare the overall cost of solar to geothermal, the latter proves more cost efficient. Geothermal heating and cooling systems have very low maintenance requirements. In contrast, solar panels are associated with greater care expenditures.

 

Because a geothermal looping system is buried under the ground, Wildwood, MO homeowners don’t experience the maintenance needs associated with solar panels.

 

In both cases, solar and geothermal tax credits are available until December 31, 2016.

 

Additional Resources

·        Learn about Geothermal systems in Wildwood

·        Review additional details pertaining to solar tax credits at the ENERGY STAR ® website.

·        More information on energy tax credits

 

 

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St. Louis County: Tactics to Curtail the Winter Utility Bill

How do St. Louis County residences achieve an energy savings without upgrading to a geothermal heating and cooling system?

 

Even though geothermal systems are the most energy efficient approach to energy conservation for annual heating and cooling energy costs, St. Louis County homeowners can actualize a savings in four easy approaches.

 

Address air leaks.

Older residential properties in St. Louis County seep cold drafts from spaces between doorways, windows and walls. Comparable to leaving a window open, these air leaks contribute significant energy losses in any St. Louis County household.

 

REMEDY: Fill cracks and other air seepage points with the appropriate application.

 

Adjust lighting.

Incandescent light bulbs are infamous for being energy zappers, bearing a short lifecycle.

 

REMEDY: Replace incandescent light bulbs with energy efficient compact fluorescent light or LED. Outdoors, replace light sensors. Please visit, ENERGY STAR ® to learn more about energy efficient light fixtures.

 

Maintain the heating system.

Dust, debris and rust represent a short list of elements known to hinder the home’s comfort system.  An accumulation of particle matter on components of the heating system causes it to work harder to warm the home.

 

REMEDY: Schedule preventative maintenance on the heating system (furnace) , --every year to extend its life cycle; promote energy efficiency by 5 percent; and ensure homeowner safety in St. Louis County.

 

Replace air filters.

In addition to scheduling annual maintenance on the heating and cooling system, swap out the air filter every thirty days.

 

REMEDY: Enhance your home’s air quality and energy efficiency by changing the air filter each month.

 

Claim a complimentary energy audit at 314-631-5892 for a geothermal heating and cooling system in St. Louis County.

 

Proceed with a programmable thermostat.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency purports that homeowners save one percent of their home’s energy cost for every degree it lowers the thermostat below 73 degrees.

When used properly, St. Louis County households shave off as much as 15 percent in heating and cooling costs.

 

REMEDY: Invest in a programmable thermostat or put yours to good use.

 

How to use a programmable thermostat?

ü  Based on your St. Louis County's occupancy, program the thermostat to two or three different temperature settings throughout the day.

 

ü  In the morning and evening, and on days of the week when the home is the most occupied set the programmable thermostat between 69 and 72 degrees Fahrenheit.

 

ü  At bedtime, program the thermostat a few degrees below the setting programmed when the home is occupied.

 

ü  When the home is vacant, program the thermostat between 68 and 70 degrees.

 

Review how a geothermal heating and cooling system improves your St. Louis County home’s energy savings >>> http://www.stlouisgeothermal.com

 

 

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