5 Environmental Advantages Of Burning Wood To Heat Homes

All too often home wood burners are given a bad name meaning the eco-friendly benefits of burning wood are overlooked. It is commonly assumed that burning wood makes a large contribution to pollution levels and deforestation.

The facts, however, suggest otherwise. Contrary to popular opinion, home wood burners can be eco-friendly. Here are just a few of the reasons why…

Demand For Wood = Demand For Better Forest Management

Yes, firewood does come from cutting down trees. However, this doesn’t mean that the demand for firewood is destroying our forests. In fact, increased demand for firewood requires the use of proper thinning operations and forestry management that would otherwise be ignored. If a forest is not managed correctly, the woodland can be neglected resulting in poor growth.  Trees that are managed correctly will grow more efficiently creating woodlands which are ultimately more sustainable.

‘Wasted’ Wood Becomes Fuel

Harvested wood has to meet certain requirements in order to be sent for use in construction and other projects. This can result in a  large amount of leftover wood being wasted. An eco-friendly way to prevent waste and make use of leftover wood is to use it as firewood. If this wood was not used as fuel for heating our homes it would be wasted or left to rot, which in turn would cause even more CO2 to be released into the atmosphere. This means that burning the wood is actually more eco-friendly than leaving it to go to waste.

Burning Wood Is Carbon-Neutral

Whilst burning wood does produce CO2, that CO2 is quickly removed from the atmosphere by another tree. This means that burning wood has a minimal impact on the overall CO2 levels of the atmosphere. The carbon cycle of firewood is a lot more eco-friendly than that of fossil fuels which release large amounts of additional CO2 into the atmosphere without taking any of it back. Unlike when wood is burned, when fossil fuels are used the CO2 released stays in the atmosphere permanently.  Just make sure you’re using ‘dry wood’ and you’ll be opting for a much more eco-friendly way of heating your home than relying on fossil fuels.

Minimum Waste, Maximum Efficiency

DEFRA approved stoves have to meet certain environmental requirements which ensure they burn wood efficiently whilst producing a minimal amount of smoke. A home wood burner has a huge capacity to heat a room unlike any kind of electric heating.  Home wood burners also produce minimum waste which is another eco-friendly benefit. Any leftover wood ash can be added to compost and used in the garden to promote plant growth.

Wood Fuel Reduces Dependence On Gas & Oil

Contrary to common misconceptions, wood burners can be used in conjunction with central heating. All you need is a chimney or flue. A thermal radiator valve will allow the source of heat to be transferred from the central heating to your wood burner. Most central heating systems will already come fitted with a thermal radiator valve, however they can also be installed easily. Combining a wood burner with central heating is an eco-friendly way of heating your home as it greatly reduces your reliance upon non-renewable energy like gas and oil.

If you’re serious about trying to make your day-to-day life more environmentally friendly, check out these eco-friendly and sustainability trends for 2020 & 2021.

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