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Heat Pumps Moving in Greener Directions than Fossil Fuels

We all know how long and cold winters in Canada can be and with chilly temperatures comes more of an interest in which heating options rank superior when it comes to heating your home. Public opinion would suggest that heat pumps are fast approaching first place and the once familiar oil furnace is no longer the top choice.

In the wake of global warming and the need to drastically reduce greenhouse gas emissions, fossil fuels are being phased out and replaced by new “greener” options like electric heat pumps.

“The heat pump is efficient and “greener” because it transfers heat from the outside air to inside your home,” says Anthony Murphy, Product Manager, Nova Scotia Power. “Even on a typical winter day in Nova Scotia there is more than enough warmth in the outside air to heat your home.”


In the summer season, a heat pump works in the reverse and moves warm air from inside your home to the outdoors, which is commonly known as air conditioning. Many households also opt for this choice during the warmer seasons because much like during the winter it is more efficient and saves on costs.

To illustrate the efficiency of a heat pump the image below explains how in using 2 kWh of electricity to move 6 kWh of heat energy from the outside air can result in huge savings.

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“Think of it this way, for every $1 you spend in electricity you can expect to get up to $3 worth of heat with your heat pump,” says Murphy. “Which is a significantly better ratio than other heating sources.”