Is there a Renewable Energy Giant in your Home?

A reverse cycle air-conditioner is a heat pump that can keep you: .  cool in the summer and .  warm in the winter. When used as a heater on a cold day, heat pumps draw heat from the cold outside air and pump it into your house.  Modern heat pumps do this very efficiently.  As heaters, they can: .  use one unit of energy to run electric pumps and fans, and .  deliver from 3 – 6  units of energy to  warm the air in your house, energy gathered from the sun-warmed but cold-feeling air outside your house. You get lots of energy by using a little energy.  That’s efficiency. And if you want the electricity powering the heat pump to come from renewables you can buy accredited Green Power or use your own rooftop solar panels . The rest of this post is a presentation created by Tim Forcey, a BZE author and energy advisor about heat pumps, including: how they work, how much cheaper they can be compared with gas heating, and several case studies. Why is this presentation needed? 1).  Save money! Many Australians are unaware that when they installed a reverse-cycle air conditioner to keep their home cool during a few days in summer, they also installed a space-heater than can heat their home more cheaply than gas for months-on-end in winter. 2).  Heat with renewable energy! Many Australians don’t realise that the heat coming out of a reverse-cycle air conditioner (known elsewhere in the world as a heat pump) can be from 50% to 100% renewable energy.  Where will this presentation reside? On any website where people want to...

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