Sustainable Energy

GEOTHERMAL HEAT PUMP

About 20 feet below its surface, the earth maintains a constant temperature between 52-57 degrees Fahrenheit, due to the sun’s heat and the insulative qualities of soil and substrate. A geothermal heat pump, or ground source heat pump, uses the relatively constant temperature of the ground to transfer heat to a structure for heating and domestic hot water, or to remove heat from a structure for cooling.
A geothermal heat pump is the most cost-effective way to save electricity, because it saves up to 70% when compared to conventional heating systems. Averaging about 1 kWh to run, a geothermal heat pump can save up to 5kW in reduced heating costs. Even though the initial installation is costly, the savings in reduced heating expenses help recoup the installation costs in a short period of time and continue to reduce heating expenditures for years to come.
Beaver Ponds EEC utilizes close to 3,000 feet of horizontal closed loop configuration, which is buried 6-7 feet deep beneath the Alpaca Corral. The geothermal system supplies heat to the domestic hot water and radiant floor heating system in the living quarters, classroom, and greenhouse.

Events & Programs

There's always something fun to do at Beaver Ponds.
Here are some upcoming programs and events.

Plant Walks - The 30th of each month
September 30, 10am - 12pm
Contact Eric Chatt for more information at (719) 838-0143

Plant Walks - The 30th of each month
October 30, 10am - 12pm
Contact Eric Chatt for more information at (719) 838-0143

Latest Articles

Harvest Notes 2018

At 10,500 feet we are grateful for any harvest we may produce.  This year we had the largest harvest in our history and expanded the raised beds while continuing soil development.  As a non-profit organization we are sincerely thankful for the help we receive from the...

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Healing Plants – Strawberries

One of the most delectable native plant foods has to be the strawberry (Fragaria spp).  A member of the rose family (Rosaceae), strawberry covers the understory of the forest with its creeping rhizomes shooting out laterally in search of more habitat.  Like roses they...

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Fire and Water Quality

Forest fires, as we saw recently, in South Park with the Weston Pass fire can be traumatic for people, livestock, wildlife, soil health, and water quality.  People discussed charred pine needles dropping out of the sky like rain.   Fire can be life threatening,...

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The Importance of Environmental Education

Our future leaders need to be equipped for tomorrow’s challenges and it is our role as educators, parents, and the community to properly prepare them to inherit this earth. This requires a commitment on all our parts when it comes to providing Environmental Education...

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Contact Us

PO Box 995
2234 Busch Run Road
Fairplay, CO 80440
info@beaverponds.org
719.838.0143

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