We are all aware that the demand for oil is far exceeding that available for extraction. It is estimated that supplies will be down to twenty per cent of our current usage by the year 2040. With the population ever growing, this means an even higher demand and subsequently higher cost, as finding and extracting the oil becomes much more difficult. It is therefore necessary to seek more eco-friendly ways of living. In particular, heating is an area in which renewable energy can be used, such as wood pellets or briquettes. Produced from the compression of sawdust into compact wood pellets, this is a sustainable source of energy, with trees being replanted for future material.
As well as a reduced need for the extraction of oil, wood pellets are also environmentally friendly because of the lack of pollutant produced when burnt. The emission of carbon dioxide is absorbed by the trees, which adds to the cycle of the production of these eco logs. It is also better for the environment in terms of transportation and delivery, which may be the downfall for other materials that require the cost and energy of extraction and importation. The trees used for the wood pellets are clean and locally sourced from within the UK, which further reduces the need for excessive energy used on transporting the wood over a long distance.
Selecting a wood pellet boiler or a wood pellet stove depends upon the size of the area that needs to be heated. It can be more expensive to buy a heater efficient enough to heat a relatively large room, although a correctly chosen heater will be much more efficient when it comes to the heating itself, therefore it is worth investing the time and money in making a careful decision. It is also likely to save money in the long term, as the wood will be burning more efficiently, therefore less wood pellets will be needed.