My husband, Ralph and I are extremely environmentally conscientious. We do our best to minimize our carbon footprint and protect our planet. We both ride our bicycles whenever possible, and rely on public transportation when necessary. Ralph and I recycle, compost and grow our own fruits and vegetables. When we built our home, we spent extra money to optimize efficiency. Although we live in an area which requires both heating and cooling for the majority of the year, our system actually produces more energy than it draws. We invested in a geothermal heat pump, despite the extremely high cost of installation. The project was costly because of the excavation requirements. A loop system was installed below grown to take advantage of the stable, year round temperature of the earth. The systems draws from this free energy source to move heat to and from the house. It does not burn any type of fossil fuel to generate heat. Because of this, the geothermal heat pump generates four units of energy for every one it uses. We can easily maintain a comfortable year round temperature for around a dollar per day. There are no greenhouse gases, carbon monoxide, fumes, or hot surfaces. It is clean, quiet, reliable, and low in maintenance. During the summer, the heat pump effectively combats humidity, and in the winter, it doesn’t overly dry the air. Throughout the year, the heat pump filters the indoor air, trapping airborne contaminants. To further trim costs and energy consumption, Ralph and I have recently added solar panels to generate power.