Sunday, March 23, 2014

142- Top 5 Reasons for Installing Biomass Heating

Top 5 Reasons for Installing Biomass Heating

Top 5 Reasons for Installing Biomass Heating

Biomass heating systems are becoming more popular as a sustainable form of heating and this is largely a result of annual increases in energy prices based on fossil fuels.The most common type of fuel for biomass systems is wood based. This can come in the form of logs, pellets and wood chips. There are other classes of biomass fuel, however, including food waste, industrial waste, crops and agriculture. Converting to biomass heating and leaving fossil fuel energy behind means some investment in either a biomass boiler or a stove to burn the fuel. 

There will obviously be other costs including the biomass fuel itself, a suitable container to store the fuel and yearly maintenance. So why would you want to install biomass heating bearing all this in mind? Here are five reasons for installing biomass heating:

1) You will reduce your carbon footprint. Biomass fuels do release carbon into the environment but only a fraction compared to fossil fuels. It has been calculated that the annual carbon dioxide emissions for heating a medium-sized house based on oil and gas is approximately thirty times higher than for biomass wood chips. This is a huge difference.

2) You will be less exposed to increases in energy prices. At the moment, global energy prices are unstable and sometimes subject to political crisis. Conflicts in certain oil and gas regions mean that the energy market can be volatile and price rises inevitable. Budgeting for energy costs in this volatile market can be difficult from one year to the next, with the expectation that energy prices will always increase.

3) You may be entitled to financial incentives by your government. There are schemes available which will enable you to receive financial benefits by generating your own heat.

4) Biomass fuel is cheaper than fossil fuel and is sustainable long-term providing a program is put in place to manage woodland and resources.

5) Biomass fuel can be sourced locally thereby supporting the local economy through transport and forestry management.

Biomass heating may not be suitable for all domestic households or businesses. But it is particularly attractive to farms where large savings can be made on heating bills. Farms often have large space heating bills for sheds or barns, particularly those involved in large-scale agricultural production. Biomass heating in this sector is ideal due to the proximity of biomass resources and the availability of storage facilities.

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