Q: I read in a tourist guide that most houses and buildings in Reykjavík and other cities/villages use geothermal energy for heating and hot water.
Is that true? What about outlying farmsteads? How do they heat their houses and other buildings?
Ron, Maryland, USA
A: Jónas Ketilsson, geothermal specialist at the National Energy Authority sent the following reply:
“Eighty-nine percent of households are heated with geothermal energy, nine percent with electricity generated from either hydropower or geothermal power (thus renewable) and only one percent from nonrenewable sources, oil.”