Geothermal – Resources on PEI

Just go this in from a reader, Gord Pierce, on Geothermal on PEI

We had also been looking at “adopting” an older farmhouse, until we realized that any mortgage payment during the years before we actually moved in would be matched (or surpassed) by the cost of “keeping the heat on” during the winter months. Empty houses also want to be warm.

There needs to be more discussion of the ground-based heat pumps that are now available. On the Island, where digging a well is a little easier (no granite to interfere with the digging), putting in either an closed-loop vertical system OR an open (2 well system) will provide unlimited heat in the 42 degree F range.

If a house has either water-based radiators, or a forced-air system, the cost of heating is reduced dramatically.

The only Island-based information site I’ve found so far (although there will be more) is from someone up in Fortune, PEI at

The price of heating oil is going to continue to rise (I’m betting my retirement on that one), so we need to look at alternatives now.

Prompt Plumbing is a leader in design and installation of geothermal heating systems on PEI. We began installing these systems in 1995 and since then our business and expertise in this area has grown extensively. We are an accredited IGSHPA installer and a distributor for the NORDIC® brand of heat pump.

If you are considering an alternative to traditional energy systems in your home or business consider geothermal heating. It is competitive to any heating system and will result in savings over other methods of heating and cooling your premises.

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Geothermal Heat Pumps (GHPs) are electrically powered heating/cooling devices which transfer heat to and from the earth via a refrigeration process. Heat pumps have been in operation for over 50 years and operate on the same principle as a refrigerator or air conditioner. During winter operation heat energy is absorbed from the ground via underground tubing or by pumping well water to the heat pump. The heat pump mechanism concentrates this energy and delivers it to the home/business structure in the form of warm air or hotwater. During summer operation the process is reversed. Warm air is collected from the home/business structure and rejected to the cooler earth. On most models, domestic hot water is produced any time the heat pump operates. Geothermal heat pumps are available for both forced air and infloor heating systems in a variety of output capacities which can accommodate any building design. .

What can you expect from a geothermal heat pump?
Compared to electric heat, a GHP will save 66% or more on your heating costs.
The GHP is completely automatic in operation providing heating, cooling and hot water with a centrally located heat/cool thermostat.
There is no combustion, therefore the system is exceptionally clean.
GHPs have a good track record for long life and can be further protected by a 10 year extended warranty offered on the NORDIC ® brand of heat pump.
A geothermal heat system is housed indoors and underground, protected from the harsh elements. With few moving parts the system is virtually maintenance free.
Heating and cooling a structure with a renewable energy resource is one more step toward minimizing the environmental threats we face.


8 responses to “Geothermal – Resources on PEI

  1. 2 questions if I could…
    – how much land does this system require
    – Is the water only warmed to 42 degrees F, thus requiring another heat source?


  2. At this address you can find 200 FAQs about Geothermal Heat Pumps! – really great resource

  3. The calculations on how much land required by a system require analysis by a specialist. The size of your house, insulation factor, etc. All of the sites I’ve visited talk about several hundred feet of hose in contact with the soil.

    Yes, additional heating is required; the idea is that rather than bringing outside air up to temperature, you start with a given caloric value from the heat pump. Nothing is free, but geothermal gets you a long way towards a warm house.

    Electricity isn’t likely to spiral out of control in price the way that furnace oil seems to be going. Governments step in before the whole country reverts to the “Dark Ages”. I’m hoping that the additional sum paid to the local utility will be much less than what the oil company hopes we’ll spend.

  4. seems like a good idea for someone with an acre or two.


  5. Hi, I’m planning on building a house in the spring of 2009 in Charlottetown and want too get off oil. My initial investigation of geothermal heat pumps left me puzzled. I am being told geothermal will cost between $25 – $30 k on PEI. This is ridiculous, and there is no business case if I’m comparing to an oil fired furnace. If the cost was around $15 k which seems to be the case in Ontario, and there were some incentives via Gov’t, I would definitley look in to it.

    I have some questions. 1. Is there any reputable contractors on PEI who would install this technology for around $15K? 2. Can geothermal be shared between 2 or more houses, thereby cutting the cost down. 3. What kind of system (open / closed) would be best in the City. 3. What are the approximate annual electricity costs associated with this technology?

    Thanks, Rob

  6. Hi! I was surfing and found your blog post… nice! I love your blog. 🙂 Cheers! Sandra. R.

  7. EcoMech I like your post! Thanks for sharing.

  8. I agree with Rob. I am living in Ontario and am planing on moving home to retire (early). I want to be as self sufficient as possible and keep my expences as low as possible while on pension. The 15 to 20 K amout is more realistic. If I have to I will buy the materials here in Ontario and find the how to on the internet. Shall we start a buisness Rob?

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