A heat pump is a device that moves heat from one place to another, rather than creating heat by the burning of a fuel. Everyone who has a refrigerator has a limited type of heat pump - it's constantly moving heat from the inside of the fridge to the outside (it's true, feel the back of your fridge!), keeping the inside a constant cool temperature.

Heat pumps can also be used to condition the inside air temperature of a building, but are flexible in that the same device can provide both heating and cooling And, amazingly, this technology can even be used to provide heat through Minnesota-esque winters, providing a clean, efficient, and effective alternative to burning fossil fuels such as propane, natural gas, or heating oil.

They are also much more efficient than standard electric heaters or air conditioners, and thus can be a great way to save money and the planet!

Join MNIPL and esteemed partners as we consider the topic of air source heat pumps, and how they can be used for heating and cooling in residential houses, especially in Northern Minnesota.

Let these recordings of presentations from experts, along with accompanying links, resources, and materials, help you consider whether a heat pump is right for your home!

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Webinar 1: An Intro to Heat Pumps

This first webinar focuses on how heat pumps can make your home more sustainable, where you can find the right folks to install them, and what financial support is available to convert.

Webinar 2: Considering Contractors

This recording features guest expert helper Chad Thompson from Twin Ports Custom Climate, who shares a wealth of knowledge about what think about when finding and working with heat pump contractors.

Webinar 3: The Incentives for Heat Pumps

This recording featurs John Vaughn from Fresh Energy, who talks about incentives that are here and coming to help one install heat pumps, and Rachel Wagner of Just Housing, who talks about the home as a system when thinking about adding a heat pump.



Heat Pump for Congregations Webinar: an MNIPL webinar about how congregations and faith groups can make use of heat pumps

State Solar Map: a tool for Minnesotans to help see whether your property is a good candidate for solar panels

DuluthShines Solar Map: a tool for folks who live in or near Duluth that does the same as the State Solar Map, but also offers site-specific information about rebates and other incentives

Fresh Energy's Electrification Incentives: a how-to guide around making your home more efficient and sustainable

Rewiring America's IRA Calculator: a tool to help you figure out what you might be eligible for under the Inflation Reduction Act

Rewiring America's Electrify Everything Guide: a step-by-step guide (with charts!) to help you go fully electric in your home

State of MN Energy Update Page: a webpage with the most up-to-date information on new or updated information on MN's energy-upgrade incentive programs

ASHP Collaborative's Heat Pump Incentive & Financing Tool: information from the Air Source Heat Pump Collaborative about how to finance your heat pump and get your incentives. Also, check out their FAQ for Homeowners, and their Preferred Contractors Network

Organizations That Can Help

Clean Energy Resource Teams: an organization that offers resources, tools, and hands-on assistance for folks interested in converting away from fossil fuels (also check out their heat pump resources!)

Ecolibrium3: an organization that offers workshops and support in making homes and rentals more energy efficient through energy audits, winterization, and more (ask for an energy audit here)

Research & News

Center for Energy and Environment Cold Weather Heat Pump Study: a formal study about how heat pumps work in cold climates - if you're interested in going in-depth about the science, this is it!

Guardian Article on Heat Pumps: an article that talks about how and why heat pumps work (and how they're way less expensive than most people think)

Energy News Network about Maine's Heat Pump Successes: folks in Maine have been installing tons of heat pumps - and they've seen results!