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November 30, 2009
Housing developments in Denmark slash energy use

Watch all the videos from Worldfocus’ signature series: Green Energy in Denmark.

Worldfocus’ John Larson has been reporting on Denmark’s forward-thinking energy policy in the weeks leading up to the Copenhagen summit.

Here, he visits a housing development outside of of Copenhagen where residents use astonishingly little in the way of energy — and heating bills have dropped to as little as $15 a month.




Valerie, John, and Howard mention the great hope of the U.S. developing community efforts around renewable energy. Coop Power is one effort, see their website. The American Wind Energy Association has info on small wind, and the DOE at their DSIRE site has info on state RE policies. I read about a lady in Washington, DC who organized her block around solar power. I would guess a roadblock would be the corporate consumer culture and the distaste people seem to have around denying their advertising consumption addictions. I think it will take time, but will go faster with some creativity and persistence.


Valerie, John, and Howard express and ask a good question. Fortunately, there are people who have been implementing small renewables here in the States. Check out Coop Power’s website: , and these sites on small wind:
and state policies at the DOE:
Corporations have just gutted this country’s character like Svengali and snake oil salesmen. The good news is that our hearts beat in us, and our minds are actually our own, as are our communities.


Kudos to Denmark for their outstanding efforts on climate change, and kudos to World Focus and PBS for highlighting their efforts. I wonder what it will take for the U.S. to follow their example?


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It truly shame that we do not have the will to do that here in the United States…


It truely ashame that we do not have the will to do that here in the United States…


Great program. Wish we had it here in the States.
Can I read more about it?


Hello Mr. Larson:

Systems I’m familiar with would have a heat pump unit with refrigerant in between the tubes that are under the floor, the radiant under floor heating system, and the tubes that are underground, the ground heat exchanger. Does the system you reported on work the way I’m familiar with, or do the tubes that are under the floor really take the fluid out and under the ground? Are the tubes really just one yard below the ground? Why are there four heat pump systems instead of one with heating zones?

I was delighted to see your story on PBS. We truly need more folks to be interested in these systems in the US.


Allan Wilson
Simsbury, CT


Denmark is truly one of the countries in the civilized world. I think, they have outsmarted us in clean and renewable energy harnessing. Germany is not far behind in taking advantages of naturally available energy source.

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