News : Ultra Green Geothermal

Feb 6, 2015

Originally published in Coastal Home.

By Herb Perry

A local company takes sustainability as far as it can go, enabling Seacoast-area owners of new and existing homes to heat and cool their homes with clean, renewable -- and ultimately affordable -- geothermal energy.

Ultra Geothermal Inc. of Barrington, New Hampshire, has installed more than 750 geothermal systems in southern Maine, Seacoast New Hampshire, and northern Massachusetts. And the finest example of Ultra Geothermal's sustainability ethos is the Strafford home of company owner Melissa Abo, which can only be described as "over-the-top green."

While most green builders take such steps as installing Energy Star appliances and high-efficiency gas furnaces, Aho went further. She built her home to the National Green building Standard ICC700 (NGBS), which includes ensuring optimum thermal resistance. She also installed a vertical closed-loop geothermal system and a ground-mounted solar PV 5.6-kilowatt-hour array. Outdoors, rain barrels collect water for reuse on her flower gardens.

To read the rest of the story pick up the Winter 2015 edition of Coastal Home at your nearest newstand!