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Cold Climate Heat Pumps

If you heat your building with natural gas - as most Burlingtonians do - you need to know that saving money with a cold climate Heat Pump (ccHP) is highly unlikely, even if the system you purchased displaces 75% of the natural gas your building consumes during a typical year. In fact, current natural gas prices would need to double in order for most ccHP systems to generate enough savings to pay back your initial investment of between $3500 and $5000 in 9 years. So please understand that ccHPs are not the best economic choice for everyone.

If you are considering a ccHP, the best way to improve the comfort of your home or business, and save money, is to call an Energy Specialist at Burlington Electric Department at 802-865-7342 or e-mail us. We’ll walk you through the decision-making process and help you maximize your energy investments.

Most likely, our first recommendation will be to weatherize your building even more than it is today.

ccHP Energy Savings Calculator

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How much of your current heating needs will be replaced by a ccHP?
Smaller homes will see a higher replacement percentage.
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