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Get pumped about heat pumps

Guelph Climate Action Network event to take place on June 25 from 7-9 p.m. at 42 Carden St, 10C Shared Space
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Have you noticed that everybody is talking about heat pumps? Guelph Climate Action Network is hosting a “Pumped about Heat Pumps” event to bring people together and create a fun space for sharing heat pump information and experiences. The event will take place from 7 - 9 p.m. on Tuesday, June 25, at 42 Carden St, 10C Shared Space (top floor) in downtown Guelph. Accessible by public transit or nearby parking in the Market Parkade, at 10 Wilson Street. The event is free with a suggested cash donation to help cover rental costs.  

At this event, we will share everything you ever wanted to know about heat pumps but were too overwhelmed to ask. Meet expert Heat Pump installers, a heat pump coach, a community heat pump enthusiast, and a Guelph Greener Homes rep to learn one way you can get off gas, save money, and reduce your greenhouse gas emissions. Bring your questions and your neighbours!

We will begin at 7 p.m. sharp with an introduction from our GCAN host followed by a panel consisting of: Victor Hyman (Executive Director of the ClimateCare Cooperative), Andrew Scheidel (REEP Heat Pump Coach), Tannis Sprott (Community Heat Pump Ambassador), and Bryan Ho-Yan (Manager Climate and Energy and Guelph Greener Homes at the City of Guelph). The panel will be followed by a 30 minute Q&A after which the room will open up for networking with the panelists and any HVAC reps who have stepped up to participate. 

Background: Heat pump technology was invented in the 1850s and has been used in people’s homes since the 1960s. While less common in Ontario until recently, heat pumps have been widely used in New Brunswick and Newfoundland for decades due to the high cost of running gas lines to individual houses. Heat pumps are now one of the hottest home appliances because of their efficiency, cost savings, and climate benefits. 

Heat pump technology is tried and true. As one heat pump specialist explained, “heat pumps are just air conditioners that can be reversed”. Like your refrigerator, heat pumps use electricity to transfer heat from a cool space to a warm space, making the cool space cooler and the warm space warmer. Because heat pumps transfer (rather than generate) heat, they provide efficient and sustainable temperature regulation in your home year-round. Heat pumps are sized to your home, based on your climate zone and your venting system. There are different types of heat pumps that can be adapted to a variety of settings, including northern climates. 

GCAN is Pumped about Heat Pumps because we believe that heat pumps are a sustainable and economic option for homeowners. They are an effective alternative to gas burning systems, they are proven technology, and can be a great tool for decreasing our dependence on fossil fuels and limiting greenhouse gas emissions.

Join us as we find out more about heat pumps and learn about alternatives to fossil fuels!

Disclaimer: This event is intended to provide a general overview of the technology and not specific instructions for any particular home. Involvement in this event, or any mention of a company service or product, does not represent an endorsement of any of the organizations involved. We encourage you to talk to friends, neighbours and others, and do your homework before selecting any product or contractor.