The Hellisheiðavirkjun geothermal powerplant provides Reykjavík with hot water. Photo: Páll Stefánsson.
There has never been more use of hot water in the capital area in November than this year. Mbl reports. The temperature that month was measured as quite cold according to the Icelandic Met Office, explaining the need for more hot water.
Geothermal energy is used to meet the heating and hot water requirements of nearly 90% of the nation’s housing. According to Veitur Utilities, nine million litres of hot water flowed into homes in the capital area last month. That amounts to 15% more usage than during the same month last year.
Hot water usage is usually at its peak during winter months, primarily December and January. Whether the climate will remain as cold during those months remains to be seen.