Why people are switching from air conditioning to district cooling

Traditional air conditioning systems are seen as energy-efficient and wasteful
Traditional air conditioning systems are seen as less energy-efficient and wasteful when compared with district cooling (Image credit: Getty Images)

Most of us have heard of communal heating, where heat is generated at a central source, with either hot water or steam circulated to homes and other nearby buildings using insulated pipes. The largest cover entire cities such as Stockholm in Sweden or Flensburg in Germany, using a network of large pipes.

District heating is usually more energy efficient due to the simultaneous production of heat and electricity in combined heat and power generation plants.

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