This Oakville Church has Made Significant Efforts to Help the Environment

 

A church located in Oakville has taken a big step in efforts to help the environment.

According to a recent press release, the Anglican Church of the Incarnation in Oakville has launched a new geo-thermal system. The church launched this system on Feb. 22, 2019 and is now the first faith-based organization in the town to implement this type of system and stop burning fossil fuels for energy needs. 

The press release noted how the new system will work.

The Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs describes geo-thermal technology as a system that ‘provides both heating and cooling by taking advantage of soil, below the frost line, that remains a relatively constant temperature all year round,’” reads the release. “‘In winter, the fluid-filled pipe is warmed by the surrounding earth. Inside the building, a heat pump extracts that heat and circulates it either via a forced air system or hot water pipes. If a forced air system is used, the heat pump can be operated in the opposite direction in summer to cool the building.’”

The launching of this system has been a five-year journey for the small faith community.

We are a small community and we took a big risk,” Michael Patterson, priest of the Anglican Church of the Incarnation, said in the release. “But we needed to do this to be stewards of the environment. This wasn’t a business decision; it was an environmental decision.” 

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