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Loss of tax incentives could doom super-efficient heating/cooling system

Getting a household, school, office building or any other enclosed structure comfortably heated and cooled can be an energy-intensive proposition in the mid-Atlantic states, where winter temperatures can fall well below freezing and summer days can feel like a steam room.

But a little known type of heat pump — a geothermal heat pump or “geo-exchange” system — uses much less energy than conventional heating and cooling systems, especially when it is very cold. If that appeals, you will want to act fast: Substantial federal tax incentives for installing geothermal heat pumps are set to expire Dec. 31.

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  • Jeff Day
  • Energy

When an Eastern phoebe is hungry for insects, it just wings it

I stood off to the side, leaning against the car, while Pat chatted at the wash station after picking up our weekly share of vegetables. She was focused on friends and fresh produce, but my eyes were on the bird that...
Michael Burke | On the Wing 07/12/16

Robins & blossoms & snakes, oh my! A natural garden has room for all

Providing habitat for numerous species of wildlife is a critically important to keep the environment functioning properly. And, it’s absolutely crucial to our well-being. Without the variety of services provided by...
Marlene A. Condon | Forum 07/19/16

Soak in the charm of West Virginia’s Berkeley Springs

Hundreds of visitors come to Berkeley Springs, WV, every year with empty water jugs, rolled-up pant legs and plans for relaxation. Here, they “take the waters” by drinking or dipping in the 74-degree springs...
Whitney Pipkin | Bay Journeys Article 07/18/16
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