Energy efficiency for existing homes

Upgrade your open fire, open gas effect fire or less efficient stove to a clean burn, low carbon, energy efficient Ecodesign wood burning stove AND save money.

By replacing an open fire, room open gas open gas effect fire or an electric appliance with an efficient Ecodesign wood burning stove such as a clearSkies certified appliance, you can both increase the efficiency of heating your home and reduce your carbon footprint without compromising on the cosy focal point that truly makes a house a home.

The increased efficiency of a wood burning stove with 80%+ efficiency compared to an open fire at 25% and an open gas effect fire at 20% will make a noticeable difference to fuel economy and warmth in the house.

Wood is one of the most environmentally friendly fuels that can be used. It is a renewable energy and virtually carbon neutral.

The natural cycle of planting and harvesting trees has created a sustainable process that will provide carbon neutral fuel into the future. CO2 is taken out of the atmosphere by growing trees at the same time as it is released by the combustion of the previous harvest.

This closed loop CO2 cycle for wood means that gas produces 25 times more carbon than burning wood and the carbon producing the same heat output using oil is 65 times greater.

The official calculation method used to determine energy efficiency (SAP) shows that it is 29% cheaper per kWh to burn wood than use natural gas. This cost saving rises to 43% when compared to oil, 50% compared with LPG and 77% compared with electricity.

What’s more moving away from an open chimney to a flue connected to a stove will halve the deemed air loss from the room and eliminate the draughts caused by an open fire drawing air from the room.

clearSkies certified stoves

There are over 320 appliances already certified within the clearSkies scheme from a range of well known stove brands.

Consumer Advice

The SIA is here to help consumers with all things wood-burning stoves and biomass appliance related. From understanding the benefits of Ecodesign stoves, to the importance of using dry wood and a guide on how best to light the stove.