Wood now the cheapest domestic heating fuel

Nov 23, 2022

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Wood logs are now the cheapest domestic heating fuel, costing households 74% less per kWh than electric heating and 21% less than gas heating. Using a modern wood burning stove also costs 29% less to run than an air source heat pump*.

In addition to these significant cost savings, wood fuel has the lowest carbon intensity of any domestic heating fuel. Wood logs are 87% less carbon intensive than gas, 88% less than electricity and 74% less than an air source heat pump*.

Saving on energy bills and reducing a home’s carbon footprint are not the only attractive advantages of modern wood burning stoves; they help lower emissions too.

A recent questionnaire to retailers and installers of wood burning stoves showed that of the stoves installed over the last 12 months, approximately 82% were replacements# rather than new installations. A modern Ecodesign compliant wood burning stove emits up to 90% less particulates than an open fire and up to 80% less than a much older, very basic stove model meaning these replacements are helping to dramatically reduce emissions from domestic indoor wood burning.

And there’s a further win for modern wood burning stoves; total independence from the energy grid when it comes to domestic heating. Andy Hill, Chair of the Stove Industry Alliance, commented:

“In last week’s Autumn Statement the Chancellor of Exchequer, Jeremy Hunt, set out clear commitments to improve energy independence and reduce energy consumption. Burning good quality wood for heat in a modern Ecodesign stove offers a wealth of benefits that will not only help households manage the cost-of-living squeeze and mitigate the risks posed by winter power cuts, but they will also help the UK meet its ambitious targets on carbon reduction and energy consumption.”

*Source: Nottingham Energy Partnership

#Where a pre-existing secondary heating appliance such as an open fire or much older, very basic stove is removed and a modern Ecodesign compliant wood burning stove is installed in its place

SIA Top Tips

  • Choose an Ecodesign compliant wood burning stove such as a clearSkies certified appliance. If you currently use an open fire or an older, very basic wood burning stove consider upgrading. A modern Ecodesign compliant wood burning stove, such as a clearSkies model, releases up to 90% less emissions than an open fire and can be up to 80% less than some older stoves. Your local SIA Retail Group member can help advise on the best stove for you and your family.
  • If you live in a Smoke Control Area, your stove will also need to be Defra exempt. All clearSkies Level 3 and above models are certified as Defra exempt.
  • Visit your local stove retailer for guidance on choosing the right size stove for your property and for a detailed installation quote. You can find your nearest SIA Retail Group member showroom here.
  • Ensure your stove is fitted and maintained by an appropriately qualified competent person such as one who is HETAS or OFTEC
  • Ensure you use quality wood fuel. Look for the Ready to Burn logo to ensure your wood logs are at or below 20% moisture content. Never used chemically treated wood or burn waste on your stove.
  • Have your chimney swept at least once a year by a registered sweep. The Federation of British Chimney Sweeps has links to all the main sweep associations. Chimney sweeps are a valuable source of information for good practice and advice – and they are happy to engage and encourage you to “Speak to a Sweep”.
  • Keep your stove in tip top condition by having it regularly serviced.

Editor’s Notes:

Further information on the work of the SIA can be found at www.stoveindustryalliance.com

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