With sustainable fuel a hot topic, more and more users are switching from heating oil to wood pellets as their primary source of heating.
Wood pellets have been established as a popular fuel source for a number of years in mainland Europe where over 600,000 installations exist. Some regions of Austria and Germany have over 40% of their buildings heated by this sustainable fuel. This type of biomass heating has now made its way to the UK and, since the introduction of the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) in November 2011, wood pellets have become an attractive alternative to heating oil, gas or LPG.
Oil burners, in particular, are switching to wood pellets due to the financial savings and the similar nature of the fuel. Pellets have a high energy density and behave like liquid fuels. They can be poured into a storage tank, do not rot or degrade and boilers systems can run automatically.
Switching from heating oil to wood pellets has clear advantages:
Financial benefits of RHI
Introduced for commercial and public sector organisation, the RHI provides regular payments to the biomass user for the amount of energy produced over a guaranteed 20 year period. With a return on investment within five years the user benefits from an RHI income for the remaining 15 years of the scheme. Wood Pellet heating does not count towards carbon emissions meaning organisations are able to avoid any existing or future carbon taxes. No financial incentives are available if sticking with heating oil.
The average cost of heating with wood pellets is significantly below that of heating oil (up to 25%), with prices much more stable going forward due to their UK origin. Finance packages are also available from companies such as ourselves to help cover the initial cost of the boiler installation and the cost of operation, allowing users to know exactly how much they are going to pay from one year to the next.
Better for the environment
Up to 90% less carbon dioxide is emitted from burning wood pellets when compared to heating oil. With the Government working hard to reduce CO2 emission levels, switching to wood pellets is one of the most effective ways to meet these targets. The CO2 released when burning wood pellets is exactly the same amount that is absorbed during the life cycle of the tree.
If you spill heating oil, then you have a major pollution problem on your hands. If you spill wood pellets, then you can easily tidy them away with no lasting repercussion. Wood pellets can be kept neatly stored away in a dry area with no damage to the environment around them.
It’s easy to switch from heating oil to wood pellets as they use similar types of boiler systems. Both run automatically with no need for stoking or shovelling. Wood pellets boilers are thermostatically controlled – and can even be controlled from the comfort of your iPad (depending on your boiler).
The financial, environmental and ease of switching to a wood pellet boiler is impossible to ignore. Contact our expert team today and we’ll help you make the first steps into this type of sustainable fuel.