Author: Siobhan McClelland, Canadian Geographic
Publish Date: Oct 9, 2013 Last Update: Sep 20, 2018
Manitoba has assisted over 1000 Manitobans install geothermal systems in their homes and buildings through financial incentives of over $3 million.
Geothermal energy exists in the form of heat from the Earth’s core and can be harnessed to directly heat homes and buildings and produce electricity.
Some of Canada’s earliest uses of geothermal energy were in Banff, Alta., where water from natural hot springs was used in plunge baths and a swimming pool.
Geothermal energy is already used to heat and cool homes and buildings in Canada. Usually, heat pumps extract thermal energy near the surface through underground pipes and pump heat through the building. The heat pumps can also reverse the process to cool structures.
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