NextEnergy teams up with HFH

ELMIRA – NextEnergy Inc. digs deep to help low-income families, donating geothermal heating and cooling system for new homes built by Habitat for Humanity Canada. The green energy systems company, located just north of Kitchener, is partnering with the NextEnergy122X32.gifcharitable organization in a project that will see NextEnergy provide an installed geothermal heating and cooling system for a Canadian HFH home every year for the next five years. NextEnergy’s commitment also includes training and education initiatives for HFH Canada affiliates, in the form of webinars and regional visits for one-on-one sessions.
“Low-income households face real challenges in maintaining affordable shelter due to the impact of increasing utility costs, often coined as ‘energy poverty’,” says Stewart Hardacre, president and COO of HFH Canada. “NextEnergy’s support for sustainable building practices through this partnership will help us provide more sustainable and affordable homes to families in need, lowering the cost of energy and maintenance, and ultimately helping us to reduce our impact on the environment.”

“We’re thrilled to have this program in place,” says NextEnergy president, Randal Palach. “We have long admired the work of Habitat for Humanity, and most recently for improving sustainability in their homes, particularly from an energy standpoint. It feels great to be working together to help them achieve their goals.”
NextEnergy geothermal systems increase energy-efficiency by up to 70% and reduce green house gas emissions by up to three tonnes per year, according to company claims, as well as lower energy costs.
Founded in 1985, HFH Canada consists of over 35,000 volunteers and 72 affiliate organizations. Its parent organization, Habitat for Humanity International, spans 93 countries and has built over 300,000 homes. NextEnergy has begun a fundraising campaign to help HFH efforts.

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