Most people now actively look at reducing their carbon footprint and using renewable technology, meaning power that is provided by natural processes (i.e. water, the sun or the earth).
What is Renewable Energy – Wood Fuel Heating?
Wood fuel heating is an almost back to basics way of heating your home. For hundreds of years, people have used organic matter to heat their home, wood being no exception. Wood burning boilers and stoves can be used to heat your home by burning wood. Also, the emissions from burning wood are much kinder to the environment as the carbon dioxide it releases is the same as it absorbs whilst the tree is growing.
Things to Take into Consideration with Wood Fuel Heating
If you decide to heat your home with wood fuels, you will need to be sure that you can access a supply of wood all year around. You could use logs, wood chips or pellets to burn. However, this needs to be low on moisture, as wet wood (mainly found in logs and chippings) is less efficient to burn. Of course, pellets, the most efficient form of wood fuel, is also the most expensive.
You also need to be sure that you have the space for the boiler itself, but also for a fuel storage area, of course. This is particularly true for a log fueled boiler, as you will need storage space for a large supply of logs.
Renewable Energy – Wood Fuel Heating Appliances
To use wood fuel, you can either use a stove, suitable for individual rooms, or you can use a boiler that will connect to both your central heating and hot water systems. Some of these have an “automatic feed”, meaning you don’t need to keep topping it up, but these will use pellets only.
Many wood burning stoves are specifically designed to be in a living room and some have a back boiler that could potentially provide you with hot water.
Potential Savings from Using Wood Fuel Heating
Naturally, you will need to take into consideration the cost of installing the wood fuel burning systems, which costs anywhere between £3,000($4.8k) and £11,500($18.5k), particularly since you need to make sure that your burner is installed by a professional who has Micro Generation Certification.
If your wood fuel heating replaces electricity, you are likely to save around £275($440) per year and reduce your carbon emissions by 7.2 tonnes. If it replaces solid fuel, you would save around £120($192) per year and reduce your carbon emissions by 7 tonnes.
So, if you are looking at making a positive impact on the environment by using renewable energy – wood fuel heating may be for you. Not only can you use it to warm both your home and your water, but it should not beforgotten that wood burning can create a wonderful atmosphere as well.