Gas & Electricity Vs Wood Burner Cost
If you watch the news, you will have seen that energy bills are ‘set to fall’. However, what does this really mean to the cost of our energy?
Following pressure from the Government, E.On were the first of the ‘big’ six’ energy suppliers to cut its prices. British Gas have now followed suit in less than a week.
Eon’s price reduction of 3.5 per cent will save their standard tariff customers £24 a year.
The British Gas price reduction of 5 per cent will apparently benefit nearly 7 million customers who are not on fixed tariffs by saving an average of £37 a year.
With an average saving of £30.50 a year – (that’s £2.54 a month) – what else can be done to reduce energy costs?
Renewable Energy – Wood Burner Cost
A recent article published by the Telegraph, reported on the Amati family and how they cut their energy bill by £15,000! How did they do this?
Their original cost was £2,500 a year for electricity and £15,000 for oil.
First to go was the existing oil fuelled central heating, which relied on a traditional network of radiators. In addition, five of the home’s open fireplaces were fitted with wood burners. Without changing the appearance of the open hearths, the chimneys were sealed around the burner flues. The burners now satisfy the heating requirement for most of the house.
Next, two heat pumps were installed. These run on electricity and are highly efficient as they capture heat from the ground or air. The pumps are used to heat water and provide underfloor heating in the most used parts of the building.
In total, the household electricity and oil were costing £17,500 a year – and now, the combined cost of energy is less than £2,000.
An extreme but excellent example of how renewable energy and a wood burner cost is capable of delivering substantial savings.
Heating Your Home – Wood Burner Cost
With energy prices constantly fluctuating, there is a stronger demand than ever for wood burning stoves and other renewable heating options. Chris Baines the MD of Euro Stove has spoken out regarding some frequently asked questions. “What kind of wood burning should I get and what should the kW be”.
The kW being very important, as it determines whether your room will have the correct volume of heat. The calculation is made by taking the cubic metre capacity of a room and then dividing it by 14. If you have a more modern home, the division should be by 20.
Brighton Wood Burners are Hetas registered and can advise on the recommended kW for your home as well as providing ongoing maintenance. Get in touch today for a free consultation and see how much your wood burner cost might be.