What fuel for Southern Indiana?

Mark3316October 10, 2012

We are going to build a new house here in southern Indiana (near Louisville, KY), and natural gas is not available. I don't think geothermal is an option because the bedrock is so near the surface. We do plan to have propane for the kitchen stove. My only experience has been with natural gas, so I am at a loss on heat source for the new house, or how to begin researching it. Any suggestions you might have would be appreciated.

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Ground source heat pumps don't need to have vertical wells. If you have enough property you can have loops relatively close to the surface. Find a local, certified installer and talk.

Your choices are heat pump, propane and fuel oil.

    Bookmark   October 10, 2012 at 2:22PM
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"I don't think geothermal is an option because the bedrock is so near the surface."

Are you kidding - bedrock near the surface is a driller's dream come true! Like a hot knife through butter - go for it!


Here is a link that might be useful: International Ground Source Heat Pump Association

    Bookmark   October 10, 2012 at 9:29PM
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If you can't do geothermal, spend some good money on the shell/insulation and just use a heat pump and electric resistance.

In most areas of the country (and I am pretty sure Indiana) electricity is cheaper than anything else (except NG and coal and do you really want to deal with coal?)

    Bookmark   October 11, 2012 at 4:59AM
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