Published on January 5th, 2009 | by Ariel Schwartz44
Dead People Will Provide Heat to Crematorium Facilities
January 5th, 2009 by Ariel Schwartz
If you’re dead and worried about the carbon emissions created from your cremation, relax. The Swedish town of Halmstad has a solution. After an environmental review showed that Halmstad’s crematorium was pumping too much smoke into the air, the facility’s director decided to re-use heat from the cremations to warm up the crematorium’s buildings.
The plan will both eliminate the crematorium’s heating bill and allow it to save money on cooling smoke before it is released into the air.
Locals in the town of 55,000 approve of the crematorium’s system, so it should be up and running soon. If the plan is successful, the crematorium eventually wants to pipe heat from its facilities to area homes. And while some may protest Halmstad’s plan on moral grounds, I’m sure that the potential monetary savings for the town will ultimately keep them quiet.
Photo Credit: Flickr user Comrade_S under a Creative Commons License
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