Manitoba has become a leader in earth energy systems, also known as geothermal or ground source heat pumps. Earth energy provides the lowest cost heating and cooling in the world. Instead of burning fossil fuels or powering an electric element, a heat pump moves heat into or out of the ground. The only ongoing cost is the electricity to run the heat pump unit.
By installing a geothermal system, an average home could reduce greenhouse gas emissions by approximately five tonnes each year – a 66 per cent or more reduction in greenhouse gas emissions compared with conventional heating and cooling systems that use fossil fuels. Moreover, although an upfront investment is required to install geothermal, these systems can reduce annual heating and cooling costs up to 50 to 70 per cent.
See the Manitoba Energy Division (www.manitobaenergy.ca ) for additional information on Manitoba’s geothermal sector and for information on programming support.