Nebraska Retiree Uses The Earths Heat To Grow Oranges In The Snow… – Eco Snippets

Nebraska Retiree Uses The Earths Heat To Grow Oranges In The Snow…

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Nebraska Retiree Uses The Earths Heat To Grow Oranges In The Snow...

Winter temperatures in Alliance, Nebraska can drop to -20°F (the record low is -40°F/C), but retired mailman Russ Finch grows oranges in his backyard greenhouse without paying for heat. Instead, he draws on the earth’s stable temperature (around 52 degrees in his region) to grow warm weather produce – citrus, figs, pomegranates – in the snow.

Finch first discovered geothermal heating in 1979 when he and his wife built it into their 4400-square-foot dream home to cut energy costs. Eighteen years later they decided to add a 16’x80′ greenhouse in the backyard. The greenhouse resembles a pit greenhouse (walipini) in that the floor is dug down 4 feet below the surface and the roof is slanted to catch the southern sun.

To avoid using heaters for the cold Nebraska winter nights, Finch relies on the warm underground air fed into the greenhouse via plastic tubing under the yard and one fan. Check it out below…

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Sherry Parsons, show this to Dad.

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Geothermal heating.. never gave it much thought but after reading this mans story I realize the possibilities!??

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This! Wot I want along the back tyre and cob wall…

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we neeed to build a small home with the same thermal mas ? id love to benefit from his life exsperence visit I need that good life

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Do you eat what you grow? Is it organic If I had land i would love you garden

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Zack Crawshaw we need to explore geothermal heat for our extension

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