The Bathhouse in Brooklyn, New York, has admitted to using heat from mining rigs to heat pool water. Clients reacted to the decision ambiguously.
Most of the establishment’s followers on Instagram expressed their support.
“Thank you for strengthening the security of the network, resisting authoritarianism and bringing financial freedom to people,” one of them said.
Another commenter called bitcoin mining “a great way to heat pools.”
“Congratulations on using heat in a smart way – heating water and keeping money free,” ymondoux said in a post.
However, a number of clients have been concerned about Bathhouse’s cryptocurrency mining. They expressed concerns about who profits from the operations, and also addressed the widespread narrative about the environmental impact of mining. One of them stated that visitors need “clean heat, not dirty byproduct”.
“Thanks, won’t be back,” clinton.n wrote.
Critics of bitcoin mining point to the high energy consumption of the cryptocurrency network, which leads to an increase in the carbon footprint. Proponents of digital gold point out that the industry is increasingly using renewable energy sources.
However, bitcoin mining equipment generates a significant amount of heat. Bathhouse was not the first to attempt to dispose of it.
In Norway, KryptoVault used heat from mining to dry algae and wood. Despite the company’s contribution to the local economy, residents turned against it because of another side effect of cryptocurrency mining operations – noise.
The authorities of the Canadian city of North Vancouver were developing a project to provide heat to 100 residential and industrial buildings through bitcoin mining.
WiseMining introduced an ASIC-based water boiler in 2021.
Recall that in the fall of 2022, the manufacturer of MicroBT miners, together with Heat Core, launched a pilot project in the United States to use the generated heat to heat fish incubators, greenhouses and premises.
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