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OPEN LOOP: This system can be installed if an abundant supply of high quality well water is available. A typical home will require 4 to 8 gallons of water per minute. A proper discharge area such as a river, drainage ditch, field tile, stream, pond, or lake must be present. Check your local codes for restrictions before selecting a specific discharge method.

Big tax credit makes geothermal affordable: Interest surges in Detroit Lakes area

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For the past several years, the federal government has been offering a federal income tax credit of up to 30 percent of the total installed cost of a new geothermal system -- with no cap on the total cost allowed to be included in the tax credit.

"With the federal income tax credit and the rise in fuel and utility costs, interest has dramatically increased," said Modern Heating & Plumbing owner Rick Michaelson. "And that (tax credit) program will remain in effect through 2016.

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Vicki Gerdes
Staff writer at Detroit Lakes Newspapers for the past 14 years, currently editor of the entertainment and community pages as well as obituaries. Living in DL with my cat, Smokey.
(218) 844-1454
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