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’Tween Waters installs geothermal heating, cooling system for pool

By Staff | Jun 3, 2010

Guests enjoying the pool at ‘Tween Waters Inn.

In an effort to cut heating costs and reduce propane consumption, ’Tween Waters Inn is installing a geothermal system to heat and cool the resort’s olympic-sized swimming pool.

“We’re doing it to save money because we’re currently spending about $20,000 a year heating the pool with propane,” said ’Tween Waters general manager Jeff Shuff. “It just makes more sense than using propane. Geothermal is non-polluting and much cleaner.”

The installation of the new geothermal system began on Tuesday and will take between 10 days to two weeks to get it up and running. Guests will not be affected by the installation and the pool are will remain open.

“They’re going to drill into the ground about 300 feet where the temperature down there is about a constant 70 to 80 degrees. They’ll pump that up and use heat exchange to heat the pool. And in the summertime, we can also cool the pool,” Shuff said.

According to Shuff, the system will pay for itself in about six years.

“The savings should be about $15,000 a year,” he said.

The United States Department of Energy states that archaeological evidence shows Paleo-Indians in North America settled more than 10,000 years ago near hot springs, utilizing this natural heating source for not only warmth, but for cooking, cleansing and healing.

The word “geothermal” literally means heat from the Earth. Geothermal energy emits little or no greenhouse gases and is accessed by drilling water or steam wells in a process similar to drilling for oil.

To learn more about geothermal technology, visit the U.S. Department of Energy’s Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy website, www.eere.energy.gov/geothermal.

’Tween Waters Inn is located at 15951 Captiva Drive.