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The Evanston History Center has begun installation of a geothermal heating and cooling system at the Dawes House, its home since the 1960s.

Geothermal energy is renewable and sustainable. It functions by pumping water from deep beneath the earth’s surface that can be used to heat a home in the winter and to cool it in the summer.

While initially expensive to drill that deep, the energy then costs little more than the cost of pumping it to the surface.

The project, which began this month, is expected to be completed by December, according to a release from the Center. When operational, the Dawes House will be air-conditioned for the first time.

The Dawes House, built in 1894 at 225 Greenwood St., was the home of Charles Gates Dawes, who was vice president of the United States under President Calvin Coolidge.

Charles Bartling

A resident of Evanston since 1975, Chuck Bartling holds a master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University and has extensive experience as a reporter and editor for daily newspapers, radio...

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