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Last updated on Friday, March 14, 2014, 8:32 am

Local realtors Nicky and Jerry Dou have teamed up to sell homes in the state's first geothermal neighborhood.

Geothermal Neighborhood Promotes Clean, Energy-Efficient Development

Arkansas’ first completely geothermal community is budding in Bentonville. Ten homes have been built in the Kerelaw Castle subdivision, just off Arkansas Highway 102, and each of them employs a geothermal heating and cooling system, which saves substantial energy by tapping into stable temperatures below the earth’s surface. Unlike traditional HVAC systems, geothermal heat pumps harness and convert underground air that ranges in temperature between 50 and 60 degrees, rather than converting outside air, the temperature of which can vary greatly, said Kala Dhana, project manager at building contractor MDS Homes Inc. of Bentonville.  The result is that the system can use one unit of energy to push five units of heating or cooling, and customers see up to 80 percent in savings... [ MORE ]

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