Sunday, April 27, 2014

The goats are excited about our geo-thermal system too

Our very old oil furnace broke 3 winters ago and James and I couldn't decide what to replace it with.  We heated with wood as best we could until we finally settled on a geo-thermal heat pump.  This winter was cold enough to convince us we had to do something before next winter.   The digging began last week.  It took them two days to get the very long, very deep trenches dug and pipes put in the ground and covered up.
There were 2 trenches that were 300 feet long so they had to go into the goat field to make it a full 300 feet.  The kids loved the dirt piles.  I thought they might fall in the trench but they never did.

The only one not happy about this work being done was Keri.  Usually Keri loves all people.  She's an in-your-face kind of dog.  She hated these men.  I think it had something to do with them bringing that loud, giant piece of machinery in with her goats.  She barked and barked and barked at them so I had to lock her up in a separate fence.  I was a little embarrassed.  I said things like, "she never does this".  I'm sure they didn't believe me.

The digging is done and now we wait for the inside equipment to come and duct work and interior mess to begin.  We're not going to know how to live with heat and air conditioning.  Or maybe we'll wonder how we ever lived without it.

I think 2 or 3 of the goat kids will be going home with one of the men when the job is done.  His wife came to see them this week.  They will be pets for their grandchildren to play with.  They really want LG, my bottle baby.  


  1. Impressive undertaking! Glad you didn't try to do the digging yourself!

  2. Geo-thermal heating is the way to go according to Mother Earth, as I recall.
    I think it's neat that one of the workers fell in love with your baby goats. Does that mean you get a discount?
    On an unrelated note, it's Liebster Award Season! I'm nominating you and hope you can participate! To accept your award, visit me at

  3. Laura, I don't know what the Liebster award is but it sounds like I have to work to get it :) And what do I win?

    1. lol, it is a bit of work. I think the goal is to expand your readership. Just be glad you only got nominated once; I was nominated twice so it was a lot of work!

  4. I like to think of myself as a goat, and that looks like a fun pile of dirt to me. So I get it.

    found another one you might enjoy:

  5. Interesting choice for heating. Geo-thermal heat pumps can be the next new thing for homes, since they are efficient and do not rely on the usual fuel sources. They only need to be tested and maintained regularly. There are several earth-friendly choices for heating and cooling these days, which is of course a good thing. Thanks for sharing your experience with one of them.

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