Ocean warming doubles

Half of the increase in global ocean heat content since 1865 has occurred over the past two decades, according to a recent report.

Graphic of warming oceansWhy is that important? The information figures into projections about how much and how fast the Earth will warm and the seas rise in the future – or basically how it will affect all of us.The ocean absorbs more than 90% of the Earth’s excess heat increase that is associated with global warming.

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory scientists, working with National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and university colleagues, found that “in recent decades the ocean has continued to warm substantially, and with time the warming signal is reaching deeper into the ocean,” said LLNL’s Peter Gleckler, lead author of a paper published in the journal Nature Climate Change.

At ACG, we’ve built our business around doing what’s best for your heating and cooling – and, by doing that, what’s best for the environment. With our super-efficient systems, our customers can feel good about their home or business comfort and know that they are being earth-friendly. Contact us today to learn more.

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Lucky 7? Nah, it’s calculated to be great!

7 is said to be a popular, lucky, almost magical number. More WaterFurnace customers are finding it’s tops with them as well.

Of course, those customers are thinking about the groundbreaking WaterFurnace 7 series.

ACG customers are telling us that they are definitely seeing the savings, especially over the original 30+-year-old geothermal systems.

What’s not to coo over? The 7 Series is super efficient in providing the ultimate in comfort and performance. With a variable speed of 20%-100%, it keeps your environment comfortable over the widest scope of conditions.

You want technical? OK. It’s the only product to surpass both 41 EER and 5.3 COP. It’s vastly more efficient than any ordinary heating and cooling system and more efficient than any other two-stage geothermal heat pump.

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ACG’s Walsdorf to be featured at building conference

Your favorite geothermal wizard Dan Walsdorf will be among the featured speakers at the Better Buildings: Better Business Conference March 2-4, 2016, in Wisconsin Dells.

Dan, co-owner of Advanced Custom Geothermal, will be talking about geothermal best practices and presenting cost-benefit case studies from 10:15-11:30 a.m. Friday, March 4.

If you are in the residential building and remodeling industry and want to keep up with current trends, technologies and products, check out this conference. It will bring together leaders in the residential building community for three days of sessions, networking and fun at the Kalahari Resort. Connect technical strategies for building and remodeling homes with business strategies to help your business succeed.

Register on or before Dec. 11 to get the early bird rate and a chance to win two FREE nights at the Kalahari.

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National Geothermal Day Oct. 20, 2015

Geothermal heating and cooling is the most efficient and economical comfort technology in the world and we’re celebrating it!

Advanced Custom Geothermal is joining in the first National Geothermal Day Tuesday, Oct. 20, 201. Launched by Bosch Thermotechnology, a division of Robert Bosch North America, it’s a campaign to raise public awareness and understanding of geothermal heating and cooling and its environmental benefits.

Check out GeothermalDay for a great educational video and information and activities for kids and educators. Learn more about geothermal technology as a renewable form of energy.

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ACG geothermal heats/cools custom Parade home

Planning? Or dreaming? Either way, get to the Valley Home Builders Association Summer Parade of Homes. Advanced Custom Geothermal will be there!

ACG’s geothermal installation will be part of the attraction for House No. 29, a 4,374-square-foot beauty by Springhetti Custom Homes LLC. The 1.5-story, three-bedroom, three-bath, zero-step-entry home is on a wooded lot along the Fox River in the Town of Menasha.

The Parade – featuring 33 new homes and one whole house remodel — takes place Aug. 22-23 and 27-30. The remodeling entry is open Aug. 28-30 only.

Parade hours are 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, and 5-8 p.m. Thursday and Friday. Each ticket grants one-time admission to all homes in the event. You may visit the homes in any order and split them among all the days of the event.

Learn more about the Parade and buy tickets at the Valley Home Builders Association website.

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Study looks at who has energy-efficient homes

How green is your home? A new study reveals what kind of households are most likely to invest in and install energy-saving devices such as geothermal.

People from about 1,000 households each in 11 countries took part in a survey by the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development. They were asked whether they had installed or bought any top-rated energy-efficient appliances within the last 10 years; the number of energy-efficient light bulbs in their home; and whether they had double-glazing, thermal insulation of the walls or roof, heat thermostats, solar panels for heating or hot water, or ground-source heat pumps.

The results showed four main motivations for adopting energy-efficient measures in their homes:
• home ownership,
• income,
• social context, and
• household energy-conservation practices.

The analysis found that those who owned their homes and households with higher incomes are more likely to invest in clean-energy technologies than renters and low-income households.

Results also showed that people were more likely to invest in energy-efficient technology soon after moving into a new home. Investment patterns varied with age. Younger people were more likely to make large-scale investments, such as installing a heat pump. Older people were more likely to adopt lower-cost investments like energy-efficient light bulbs. The findings are published in Environmental Research Letters.

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Independent study confirms: Geothermal excellent!

A recent study of a geothermal heat pump system in a typical residential setting confirms excellent efficiency in mid-latitude America – that includes us in Wisconsin!

The mid-latitudes are between 23°26’22” North and 66°33’39” North. Wisconsin’s latitude is 42° 30’N to 47° 3’N.

The 12-month study showed that by using the ground as a thermal source for space heating, a large fraction – more than 75% – of space heating load was extracted from the ground, while for space cooling, the ground served as a thermal sink.

The field test showed average monthly electricity consumption was only 360 kWh for a 2,721-square-foot residential house operated under simulated occupancy in Tennessee.

The findings suggest that ground source heat pumps are a practical and viable technology to reduce primary energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions under the International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) 2012 standard.

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Rural small businesses, ag producers can get geothermal grants, loans

Grants, guaranteed loans, and combinations of the two are available to rural small businesses and agricultural producers interested in geothermal and other renewable energy systems and energy-efficiency improvements.

Want to learn more? Check out REAP, Rural Energy for America Program, through the USDA Rural Development.

The program provides financial assistance to agricultural producers and rural small businesses in rural America to purchase, install, and construct renewable energy systems; make energy efficiency improvements to non-residential buildings and facilities; use renewable technologies that reduce energy consumption; and participate in energy audits, renewable energy development assistance, and feasibility studies.

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Geothermal trumps the competition!

The numbers are pretty amazing. Read what this scientific study
has to say about what you can save with geothermal while you are comfortable year-round.
GeothermalTrumpsCompetition

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We’re advocating for geothermal

At the CapitolDan Walsdorf, (right) co-owner of Advanced Custom Geothermal and
president of the Wisconsin Geothermal Association, and ACG employee Matt Werdeo were at the state Capitol in Madison recently to advocate for having geothermal recognized as a renewable resource in Wisconsin. Dan and Matt met with the staffs of two senators and one representative and left with the impression that this would be a good bill to author.

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