The Attractive Savings Of A Wood Burning Stove

Most people don’t realize 60% of the energy consumption of their homes is attributed to heating costs alone. Most homeowners pay nearly £600 annually on natural gas and over £600 in electricity. That’s just the average. On the high end, some pay a combined total of close to £2,000 a year on their energy bill. That’s a cost of £1,200 on heating alone. But those heating costs could be reduced to £300 annually or less. If you’re tabulating the hidden costs of home ownership, a wood burning stove could offer you the savings you’re looking for.

The Stability Of Wood

Fossil fuel prices are known to fluctuate. Yet the costs of kiln dried wood in comparison are far more stable. Depending on the home and the climate, wood burning stoves can effectively warm a house just using two to three logs a day. To get started, do some research. The cost of a load of wood can range anywhere from £135-£385. For most households that’s enough of a supply to last the year. Compare that to the figures listed above for electric and gas.

How To Go About It

If you buy small bags you definitely won’t be saving as much as if you buy in bulk. When ordering in bulk, be mindful that you get what you pay for. A dumpy bag may be less expensive as the moisture content can vary widely. Burning wood that isn’t optimally Savings of a wood burning stovedry could affect the savings a wood burning stove offers. A good reason to invest in a moisture meter. Ideally, your wood should have a moisture content of 20% (no more than 30%) for it to burn well and efficiently heat your home. So, you’ll definitely need a dry place to store and dry out that wood before you burn it.

If your wood is dry and smokes more than it seems it should it’s possible it’s not the best wood for your stove. Some wood burns better than others. Ordering the right kind of wood could stretch your supply out over a longer period of time. Another option is purchasing a loose load of kiln-dried wood. You’ll be saving money knowing full well you’ll be stacking that wood yourself. Don’t forget, you might be offered free delivery depending on how much wood your order at once.

Since wood is biomass it’s considered carbon neutral and a renewable source of energy. When it burns it is converted to carbon and can be safely returned to the Earth with no negative environmental impact. The ash from your fireplace can even be an excellent fertilizer for your garden. But most notably, wood burning stoves are attractive, stylish, and in the savings they offer can make all the difference in the world.

 

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