3 geothermal additions planned
NORMAN — Ideal Homes and Caddo Electric Cooperative plan to start three new geothermal additions this fall in Yukon. Every home built in Ideal's Somers Pointe, Somers Village and Springs at Settlers Ridge neighborhoods will come with a ClimateMaster geothermal heat pump and incentives that offset thousands of dollars in installation costs. Somers Pointe is south of Reno Avenue on Garth Brooks Boulevard. Somers Village is west of Garth Brooks Boulevard on Reno. Springs at Settlers Ridge is north of Reno on Garth Brooks Boulevard.
The biggest part of the cost for geothermal heating and cooling is for installation of the buried pipe loops. Ideal's partnership with Caddo Electric replaces thousands of dollars in installation costs with a small monthly thermal energy fee.
Geothermal heating and cooling uses a high-efficiency heat pump and sealed underground piping loops filled with water to exchange heat between the home and the earth. Ideal also is starting to offer solar energy options. In residential solar generation systems, photocells convert sunlight into electricity, and the system turns it into usable power for the home, offsetting the amount of electricity the homeowner has to buy. A fully functioning solar system is on display in the Ideal model home in the Village Verde addition, off Northwest Expressway just west of Kilpatrick Turnpike.
Architect student wins honor
Andrew Stevens Jr. of HSEarchitects in Oklahoma City was recently awarded second place in the international student competition. “The Architecture & Engineering of Sustainable Buildings,” held by the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture.
Stevens competed against upper-level students from other architecture and engineering schools. He entered the competition as a University of Oklahoma master's degree student, under the direction of faculty sponsor Professor Lee Fithian.
Circle JH Trucking donates to fair
CHEYENNE — Circle JH Trucking of Erick accepted Clift Land Auctions' usual challenge at a recent auction at the Roger Mills County Ag Pavilion in Cheyenne. The auction company, based in Amarillo, Texas, starts auctions with special bidding to solicit a donation for a local organization that benefits community youth. Circle JH Trucking responded with a donation bid of $130, matched by Clift Land Auctions. The Roger Mills County Free Fair Board received the combined $260 donation.