500 Helsinki Homes to be Heated by Cathedral's Underground Servers

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Any company that's ever boasted of its green credentials can shove it in the coal burner, after hearing about Helsinki's Uspenski Cathedral's data center, which will use its overheating servers to warm 500 homes joined by a network of pipes.

Opening in January, the center, run by IT firm Academica, will save $563,000 each year in energy costs, with all 500 homes benefiting from the shared heat presumably saving quite a few Euros too. [Reuters and Fast Company]

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I've always wondered why all IT departments don't all do this. Why not just channel the heat of the server room into the rest of the building? The cost of moving into a basement or first floor can't be more than a year of heat.