CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (UTC/The Loop) – A proposal for geothermal heat pumps in two local fire houses was approved by City Hall March 5th.
The proposal calls for the installation of geothermal heating and cooling units in Fire House 9 in East Lake and Fire House 11 in Hixson.
Fire Chief Randall Parker says there are considerable advantages to using geothermal energy. He explains that it will reduce costs and cut back dependence on fossil fuels. Parker says, “We are taxpayer funded so anything we can do to control costs is a good thing for the citizens as well as being responsible users of fossil fuels precious natural resources”.
Greenspaces is a local company located on Main Street. Director Anj McClain says, “I think this is only the beginning of a tremendous environmental change for America and I’m glad Chattanooga is on board”.
McClain ads, “It just makes more sense. To get this building at 70 degrees, we don’t have to start with 30-degree air, we get heat from the already warm earth. It’s much more efficient than standard heating and cooling systems”.
Geothermal pumps work by using the heat inside the earth to cool and warm buildings. Water contained in the pipes absorbs heat to transfer it into the building in the winter and carry heat out in the summer. More information about geothermal energy can be found here.
A complete list of places in Tennessee using geothermal energy can be found by clicking here.