We Understand

BKR Energy and Enbridge

We understand the Pan-Canadian framework on climate change and clean growth. It outlines how federal, provincial, and territorial governments are reducing GHG emissions and promoting low-carbon economic growth for all Canadians. These governments are under a lot of strain to go low-carbon in an effort to address climate change, and part of this involves limiting the use of gas-fueled systems. The HVAC sector is under fire here, with systems traditionally founded based on gas. Governments are pushing to turn HVACs electric, for greener solutions that are more accessible and energy efficient. Building sectors with natural gas system are likewise at the risk of electrification, as the governments believe it would be a cleaner source of energy.

Unfortunately, this imminent electrification will limit the use of gas-fueled systems along with the demand for natural gas. And – electrification isn’t perfect. Existing grid infrastructures, including supplying and distribution equipment, are ill-equipped to handle such a surge in demand. Customers would also experience an unwelcome increase in their utility bills, due to the higher electricity cost compared to the natural gas in Ontario.

The Solution

One of the most effective solutions is to combine the two concepts – electric and gas. That’s why we find a HYBRID HVAC SYSTEM to be the most effective, accessible, and economic solution. Not only do hybrid systems reduce the grid’s surge load, but they also preserve over 570,000km of underground transmission pipes carrying natural gas across Canada.

#1

Retrofitting

BKR Energy is a team of experts when it comes to retrofitting existing HVAC systems to become hybrids – and the process is easier (and quicker) than you might think. Generally, we need to replace outdated air conditioners (ACs) with economic air source heat pumps (ASHPs) – although selecting the right size while ensuring compatibility isn’t always easy.

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Size Matters

HP’s come in different sizes/capacities. Too small means HPs have to work harder and consistently to compromise homeowners’ thermal comfort and increasing utility bills, especially in cold weather. Too big, and homeowners face even costlier operation. The best size depends on the home characteristics and location.
Capability to maintain capacity is also key. In cold weather, some HP models lose their capacity quicker and need to work harder. That’s why we at BKR Energy run precise calculations on sizing, capacity, and efficiency to recommend the best solutions from the best brands.

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The BKR Difference

BKR is well-equipped to support Enbridge in promoting and expanding the use of hybrid systems. Through collaboration and consultation, we can help Enbridge customers select the most appropriate HP depending on house characteristics.

#2

SFSC

Smart Fuel Switching Controller

BKR first launched its SFSC for residential HVAC systems in 2017. This green, cloud-based control optimizes the run-time of hybrid appliances to minimize costs, consumption, and GHG emissions. This controller is compatible with existing furnace and hydronic systems. We’ve painstakingly tested this SFSC technology in various Enbridge and NRCan field projects across Ontario, with key field findings published in the ASHRAE 2020 Winter Conference.

#3

The Online Simulation Tool

This so-simple-it’s-genius tool helps Canadian homeowners estimate how much energy, cash, and GHG emissions they can save through an SFSC controller in their home. Homeowners can try out various furnaces and HPs to evaluate each one’s impact before buying.