We wouldn’t blame you for thinking that a wood burner was just a luxury item, as they really are the icing on the cake when it comes to interior design and comfort. However they’re certainly more than a trend. With experts speculating that there’s a bitter winter just around the corner, there’s never been a better time to consider ALL the benefits of installing a wood burner. As well as providing the ultimate festive ambience, a wood burner can SAVE YOU MONEY and HELP THE ENVIRONMENT!
HOW CAN I SAVE MONEY?
A wood burner is 77 per cent cheaper to run than an electric fire, 29 per cent cheaper per kW than a gas effect fire, and 43 per cent and 40 per cent cheaper than an oil and LPG fire respectively. Gas and electricity costs are still rising (21%, in the past year, according to uSwitch.com) but two months supply of seasoned hard wood, typically 1m3, can cost as little as £80, less if buying in larger quantities, how does this compare to your energy bills? Having a wood burner as an alternative source of heating will reduce your dependence on gas or electric and can cut your overall spend!
“Using wood as your heat source costs 2.5p per kw/h compared with gas at 4p and electricity at 11p” HETAS, the solid fuels industry body. (link http://www.hetas.co.uk/)
Having a wood burner installed will typically change the way a person uses their energy. An efficient stove in your living room, where many people spend most of their time, can delay the need to use additional heating until later in the year and then enable you to turn your heating off sooner as we approach spring. Often, even on the coldest days when the central heating is required, you may find you’re just wanting to heat upstairs or the bedrooms and can leave some of your radiators off. If you are looking to save money, you do need to change your heating habits, but the feedback we’ve received from our customers indicate this is easily achieved. Cosy evenings in front of your stove can feel like a treat & turning on the heating can be the furthest thing from your mind.
Every home is different, so exact savings are difficult to calculate, the general agreement across Energy Saving experts and advisors is an annual save of at least 10% with many converts reporting much greater reductions on their energy bills. It’s certainly worth considering with energy price increases set to continue.
By burning wood you are heating your home as carbon neutrally as possible! Another benefit of installing a wood burner is that it ticks all the energy efficiency & carbon saving boxes. “The average efficiency of a modern efficient stove is in excess of 70% with the more efficient stoves achieving 80% plus. This level of efficiency combined with the low CO2 output makes wood burning stoves very environmentally friendly.” The Stove Industry Alliance ( Link http://www.stoveindustryalliance.com/energyefficiency/)
One final benefit that not many people are aware of is that a HETAS installed stove can add up to 5 per cent to a home’s value (Mortgages & Homes thisismoney.co.uk). An installation with the correct paperwork is incredibly desirable in a property and is increasingly on homebuyers search criteria.
If you’re interested in more information or considering an installation, come and see our range and book in for a no obligation survey. A wood burner is MUCH MORE than a luxury addition to your home. What can The Stove Room do for you?