Modern wood stoves are energy efficient heating options for your home, and they can help you significantly cut the cost of utilities. Even the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) says that your money will NOT go up in smoke if you heat with a wood-burning stove.
Replacing pre-1990 wood stove models is strongly advised because the most modern versions that are EPA-approved use one-third less wood for the same amount of heat, are up to 50% more energy efficient, and cut back on the buildup of creosote, which helps to reduce the risk of hazardous chimney fires.
Zone Heating for Maximum Savings
A wood stove can provide plenty of heat for your home on the coldest winter days, but the heat generally benefits only the room it’s in. When you have a wood stove of the correct size and burn for maximum efficiency, it can provide toasty warmth from corner to corner, even if it’s in a very large room. The heat from a wood stove doesn’t travel down the hallway into bedrooms, for example, but that isn’t necessarily a problem. If you are really serious about cutting utility costs with wood-burning heat, zone heating is a wonderful option. Because pre-fabricated chimney pipes together with well-insulated wood-burning stoves make it possible to install the units almost anywhere, you can place a stove in virtually every room. Rather than keep the central heat running on wintry days, use the wood-burning stoves in whichever rooms are occupied.
Tips on Buying Wood Fuel
The wood you burn has a lot to do with how successful your experience is with your wood stove. The wood should be seasoned, which means it has been dried for somewhere between six months and a year and contains no more than 20% moisture. Green or unseasoned wood should never be burned because it’s extremely inefficient and greatly increases the amount of goopy, flammable creosote in the chimney flue.
There are many different variables that impact how much you pay for your firewood. Between two and five cords of wood are used in a typical heating season. Wood that is pre-cut, delivered, and stacked can cost somewhere between about $150 and $350 per cord. One way that you may get discounted firewood is by contacting local tree cutters, who will deliver the timber to your home. Because they save on landfill dumping fees and reduce the use of landfill, their cost savings could be passed on to you. Of course, if you harvest the trees on your own property, your savings will be much greater.
More Money-Saving Secrets
Make your efforts to cut utility costs really count by sealing and insulting the crevices and cracks in your home. According to research, by burning wood in a modern wood stove, your annual heating costs could be cut between 10% and 40%, as compared with heating with an electric, fuel oil, or gas furnace. When buying a wood stove, check to see if there are any federal tax credits, which could save you some serious coin. If you ever sell your home, there is an excellent chance the increased value of your home will cover the cost of purchasing your wood-burning appliances.
A well-maintained wood stove improves money-saving capacity. Be sure to contact our chimney professionals for an annual inspection.