Although geothermal energy accounts for just 0.4 percent of total energy generation in the US, according to U.S. Energy Information Administration, geothermal may be the way of the future. It could power homes in suburban subdivisions and in denser urban neighborhoods, too. A prime example of the capabilities of harnessing geothermal is Iceland, has led to a quarter of their power coming from deep under ground.
Planned communities are tapping into geothermal power and creating steam-powered suburbs. Installing geothermal pumps is easiest when starting from scratch and building a new home. Municipalities can incentive developers to embrace geothermal. It is less expensive in the long-term, and it is silent and invisible. Pinewood Forest, in Austin, TX shows that a densely populated planned community can work by using underground pumps.