Chemainus Village Squareâ€™s Green Initiative - Geothermal Heating
hemainus Village Square, a brand new Shopping Centre in Chemainus, is installing a Geothermal system. Geothermal is an emerging, alternative energy source for homes and businesses. Geothermal systems use the warm, stable temperature of the earth to heat buildings, supply hot water, provide radiant floor heating and air-conditioning. The Earth naturally stores heat. To access the heat, holes are drilled into the Earth, pipes are installed and heat-pumps transfer the heat to buildings.
The benefits of a geothermal system are: Efficiency -geothermal systems are recognized as the most energy efficient means of heating, cooling and providing hot water. Lower Costs - Due to increased efficiency, annual operating costs are up to 60% lower. Environmentally Friendly â€“ Geothermal systems do not use fossil fuels which mean fewer greenhouse gasses and less extraction of non-renewable resources.
Safety - No flame, no flue, no exhaust, no odors, no chemicals and no risk from carbon monoxide. Quiet - Geothermal units are quiet, self-contained and use the warmth from the Earth instead of recirculating the outside air like a traditional heat pump.
The shopping centre opens this summer and is anchored by 49th Parallel Grocery, Island Savings Credit Union, Pharmasave and Village Liquor Store. For more information about Chemainus Village Square and Geotility contact Dee.
Geotility Geothermal Systems will be at Chemainus Village Square, for most of June installing the system. They join the rest of the construction team as walls, roofs and windows quickly appear.
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Dee Kinnee, a Chemainiac, lives and works in The Little Town. dkinnee@ onsitesales.ca
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