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Geothermal Homes Come To Richland

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RICHLAND, WA- A new 1,500 acre community in the South Badger area opened its doors to the first "geothermal" home for the public to see.

Bosch LLC and Orca Energy put the idea together for the largest master plan in the U.S. Features inside each home include heating and cooling systems with longer life cycles and an electric car charging station inside the garage.

The homes are so energy efficient, this design as a whole is like taking 10,000 cars off the roads.

Geothermal energy is generating and storing itself in the earth all the time and is less maintenance for the homeowner. "It displaces the need for burning fossil fuels and the combustion and the green house gas emissions," explained President and CEO of Orca Energy Corporation, Jim Leask.

"This is one of the first ones that are opening up with this model, together with Orca Energy and the Bosch product base. So we're looking at expanding that in Colorado, in Texas and other states as it takes off across the country," said Presdient of Robert Bosch LLC, Mike Mansuetti.

The price tag for a new 2100 square foot home in South Badger will cost you around $340,000.00. This new area will have a two acre park, paved trails, and future developments like shopping and dining within walking distance. They hope to build 5,000 of these green style homes in the near future.

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