A cleaner environment: indoors and out.
Look out your window and what do you see? The street? Houses? An open field? What we at Applewood see is an almost endless source of free, clean, renewable energy: the ground!
With a Applewood geoexchange system this heat stored in the ground can be efficiently and effectively collected and used to heat and cool virtually any home or building. It’s amazing but true. We know, because we at Applewood have been designing and installing geoexchange systems for over 20 years.
“Geoexchange is one of the cheapest and most reliable ways to heat and cool most buildings today.”
David Suzuki Foundation
Space heating and air conditioning for buildings accounts for nearly 40% of all greenhouse gas emissions in North America. To put that in perspective, this is about the same percentage contributed by the entire transportation sector. Geoexchange offers a prime opportunity to significantly reduce these emissions.
Geoexchange is the most environmentally friendly of all space heating and cooling systems currently available, and the most significant step you can take to achieve an energy efficient home or building. In an average suburban home geoexchange will reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 5 tons. Considering the average Canadian adult has a total carbon footprint of ~20 tonnes per year, your geoexchange system will get you at least 25% of the way to becoming carbon neutral.
Another way of looking at it is that installing a geoexchange system in an average home is equivalent to taking 2 cars off the road, or planting 750 trees every year!
Greenhouse Gas Mitigation and Emissions Reduction
Since geoexchange systems work by moving clean, renewable heat from the ground into your home or building rather than generating it by burning natural gas, propane or oil, they are very energy efficient. Geoexchange systems can decrease your consumption of conventional fossil fuels, the largest culprit in climate change, by up to 80%.
According to data supplied by Natural Resources Canada and the U.S. Department of Energy and the Environmental Protection Agency, if just 100,000 homes converted to geoexchange, Canada could reduce its CO2 emissions by 400,000 tonnes, which is the equivalent of planting more than 90 million trees.
Reduce Overall Energy Consumption
Installing a geoexchange system will reduce your overall energy consumption by as much as 80% vs. a traditional natural gas HVAC system. In comparison, replacing incandescent lighting with high efficiency compact fluorescent lighting (CFL) and using EnergyStar appliances will only reduce energy consumption by approximately 7% combined. Why? Because the main energy draw of your home is the heating system.
No Harm to the Ozone Layer
Our geoexchange systems use only R-410A, a non-toxic refrigerant that won’t contribute to depletion of the ozone layer.