Sustainable Gabriola celebrates 400th heat pump installation

Bob McKechnie

Sustainable Gabriola

Tuesday, November 8 2016

One of the objectives of Sustainable Gabriola is improved energy efficiency on the island. Heat pumps work well in our climate, on average consuming 1/3 the electricity of baseboard heaters to produce the equivalent heat. In return for a donation to Sustainable Gabriola, homeowners can purchase a heat pump at a substantial discount and have the unit installed by local tradespeople.

This year unit number 400 was purchased by Kit and George Szanto and is now installed in their home. Organizers Chris Boulsbee and Bob McKechnie calculate that the first 400 units are saving the island some 1,080,000 kWh, or roughly $115,000 per year in electricity costs.

Kit and George Szanto with their heat pump, the 400th installed by Sustainable Gabriola. Submitted photo


The ductless heat pump program is available to all Gabriolans and the units are an ideal retrofit for existing homes currently heating with electricity, oil, or propane. For those heating with electricity there is currently an $800 grant available from BC Hydro when a heat pump is installed in the primary residence. (Note – the requirement that the household consumed at least 10,000 kWh in the previous year has now been dropped.) For those heating with wood, a heat pump provides less expensive heat than wood at $300 a cord and also provides a convenient and economical backup for those times when you have to leave your home unattended.

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