Question: What are the advantages of geothermal energy?

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  1. Ok, here goes:

    1. Its renewable – unlike fossil fuels (coal, oil, gas), it won’t run out any time soon. We could never use all of the heat inside the earth!
    2. It has very low greenhouse gas emissions (unlike fossil fuels). Some people would say it has no emissions, but that’s not true because you have to use some other forms of energy to drill holes, build your geothermal power plant, run the water pumps etc. But its a lot “cleaner” than fossil fuels.
    3. Unlike some other renewable energy sources (like wind and solar), geothermal energy is a continuous energy source. It doesn’t depend on the weather or the time of day. This is important, because it means you can use it all the time and you don’t have to store it.
    4. We can use geothermal energy to do things like heating and cooling of buildings, without having to convert it to electricity first. This means it is (potentially) more efficient than some other energy sources.