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Going geothermal

When St. Mark Lutheran Church, Springfield, Va., started drilling on its land to install a geothermal energy system it struck gold — in the guise of granite, some 400-feet deep. Michael H. Taylor, pastor, said the experts told him the BTU rating of this rock is much greater than the typical geothermal properties of northern Virginia, which means a more energy-efficient, less expensive system. The church decided to switch to the geothermal system because of mounting utility bills and aging fossil-fuel equipment.


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