A local government in the United Kingdom has brought a plan in front of their community to save money by heating their public pool with excess heat from the crematorium next door. Redditch council in Worcestershire has discovered that by diverting heat from the crematorium that would generally be, “heating the sky,” they could save a whopping £14,500 — that’s about $23,000. If finished the project would be the first of its kind in the UK and though the cash savings and emissions decrease sound delightful, some local residents think the idea is anything but cheery.

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I’d much rather use the energy rather than just see it going out of the chimney and heating the sky. It will make absolutely no difference to the people who are using the crematorium for services,” said Redditch Council leader Carole Gandy. “It’s only a proposal at the moment but personally I’m supportive of it because I think it will save the authority money and, in the long-term, save energy which is what we’re all being told we should do.”

Some local residents are saying no to this unique heating plan. “I don’t know how comfortable people would feel about the swimming pool being heated due to the death of a loved one, I think it’s a bit strange and eerie,” said Simon Thomas, of Thomas Brothers Funeral Directors. We’ll concede that this idea does sound a little morbid, but hey, nothing is more morbid than the planet succumbing to climate change and wiping us all out. Who needs a pool then? From an environmental view this sounds like a great idea, just don’t think about why the pool is nice and toasty when you hop in.


Lead image by Sharon Loxton