We love this news! In partnership with the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Swedish furniture giants, IKEA, will be constructing a geothermal system for its new store in Centennial, Colorado, reports Sustainable Business. Ikea says it will be the first IKEA store in the United States to be built with geothermal heating and cooling. The store is expected to open in the fall of 2011.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says geothermal heat pumps can reduce energy consumption and related emissions by up to 72% compared to traditional electric resistance heating and standard air-conditioning equipment, according to the article.