Swedish Town Using Cremation Heat to Warm Houses

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Is this Swedish town that's routing heat from its crematorium to local homes morbid or brilliant? Let's just call them brilliantly morbid.

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The town of Halmstad came up with the idea when trying to curb the amount of smoke emitted from the crematorium.

It was when we were discussing all these environmental issues that we started thinking about the energy that is used in the cremations and realised that instead of all that heat just going up into the air, we could make use of it somehow. It was just rising into the skies for nothing," said Lennart Andersson, the director of the cemetery in the town of Halmstad.

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It might sound kind of gross, but if you were suddenly having your house heated for free this winter I don't think you'd complain that much. [Treehugger]

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I think I'd rather live in the Swedish town that was trying to figure out how to get the best use out of the extra heat produced by local donut shop ovens.