As the colder months approach, many of us turn our attention to the best solution for heating our homes. With energy prices rising at an unprecedented rate more people than ever before are looking at alternative ways to heat their homes and stay warm. A Wood-Burning stove could just be the answer! not only do they create a warm and cosy ambience they can also help us save on our energy bills, all whilst being environmentally friendly.
We have put together a quick guide for why you should consider investing in a wood-burning stove this winter:
- Reduce Your Energy Bills: Central heating systems can be expensive to run, especially when temperatures drop significantly. Wood-burning stoves, on the other hand, use a renewable and often locally sourced fuel source, which can be much cheaper than traditional heating methods. Wood-burning stoves are particularly useful if you are spending most of your evening in one room, you can turn off the heating together which will help you save money by reducing your heating bills. Furthermore, boilers can often break down unexpectedly and the repairs are expensive, with a wood-burning stove you do not have to rely on a central heating system you can create instant heat in your home.
- Efficiency: Wood-burning stoves are very energy efficient, Whilst a traditional open fireplace is around 20-25% efficient, a wood-burner can be up to 90% more efficient. A Wood burning stove is also a lot cheaper to run compared to a gas or electric appliance. According to The Energy Saving Trust, a wood-burning stove can help reduce your heating bills by up to 10%. Under the current price cap, a woodburning stove costs around 13% less than gas central heating, and one-third of the price of electric heating. At Rigby’s, all the stoves we supply and install are highly efficient due to them being ‘Ecodesign ready’ which means that they have an energy efficiency rating of up to 90%
- Carbon Footprint Reduction :
Burning wood is considered a carbon-neutral energy source because the carbon dioxide released during combustion is roughly equal to the amount absorbed by the tree during its growth. By using a wood-burning stove, you’re reducing your carbon footprint compared to relying solely on fossil fuels. The demand for cleaner and renewable energy sources is bigger than ever as concern for the environment grows.
Despite recent negative press claiming wood-burning stoves will be banned, and are bad for the environment the truth is the opposite. Modern EcoDesign-ready stoves could be part of the solution. An Ecodesign-ready stove produces fewer emissions and burns more cleanly than traditional open fireplaces, they reduce particle emissions which benefits the environment. According to the Stove Industry Alliance (SIA) Eco Design Stoves produce up to 90% less particulate emissions than an open fireplace.
- Ambience: Wood-burning stoves provide more than just heat; they create a cosy and inviting atmosphere. The sight and sound of crackling logs can be a source of comfort during the winter months, Whether it’s to spend quality family time together, or even if you live alone, a wood burner can really make your house feel more homely.