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Geothermal Heat Pumps for Farmers and Ranchers

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Geothermal heat pumps can be used to not only heat and cool homes but also outbuildings.

The following resources will help you install a geothermal heat pump on your farm or ranch, either in your home, outbuilding, or both. If you are unfamiliar with this technology, see the introduction to geothermal heat pumps.

General Information

U.S. Department of Energy's Energy Savers: Geothermal Heat Pumps
Basic information about geothermal heat pumps.

GeoExchange, the website of the Geothermal Heat Pump Consortium
Provides a lot of information on geothermal heat pumps for homes and businesses, including case studies, brochures, heating system comparisons, and a list of manufacturers.

International Ground Source Heat Pump Association
Has basic information about ground source heat pumps and a business directory of accredited installers and designers by state.

An Information Survival Kit for the Prospective Geothermal Heat Pump Owner
This publication from the Geo-Heat Center at the Oregon Institute of Technology describes several different types of geothermal heat pumps and their capabilities, describes how to find and evaluate contractors, and answers many common questions about geothermal heat pumps.


U.S. Department of Agriculture: Rural Energy for America Program
A grant and loan program to help farmers, ranchers, and rural small businesses invest in energy-efficient and renewable energy technologies.

U.S. Department of Energy Financial Opportunities
Offers financial assistance opportunities for the development and demonstration of energy-efficient and renewable energy technologies.

Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency
Provides information on state, local, utility, and selected federal incentives that promote renewable energy.