31/01/2018 0 Comments
How To Save Money With Your New Wood Burners
There are numerous ways in which a wood burner stove could help you save your hard-earned pennies.
There’s something so lovely and comforting about having a roaring fire in the hearth, especially at this time of year when it’s a bit cold, dank and miserable outside, and we’ve left the hilarity and fun of Christmas well and truly behind us.
But that’s not the only benefit of having a wood burner installed in your Staffordshire home… in fact, far from it! Consumer watchdog Which? has just taken it upon itself to ask people who already have multi-fuel and wood-burning stoves whether or not it helped them save cash on their energy bills – and the good news is that you could benefit in a similar way!
Interestingly, there are numerous ways in which this kind of stove could help you save your hard-earned pennies. For example, you can use free wood that you collect yourself, which would be the cheapest way to keep the home
fires burning. You can forage this from local parks or woods, your own garden, family members’ houses or even ask companies if they have any wood they’re planning on binning.
Some 39 per cent of survey respondents said that they used wood from their garden to stoke the fires, but dried it out first. And 25 per cent said they collected it from parks and woods, also drying it out. Advice from Which? is to make sure that you do dry the wood out before you use it as burning wet wood is inefficient, because it takes more energy to burn the water off first. It could also mean more soot builds up in the chimney and stove itself.
Further advice from the watchdog to help you get the most out of your new stove includes knowing how to use your fire properly. You should know how to start it and how to control it so that you can burn your fuel as efficiently as possible.
Turning the heating off was also suggested, since the fire will be kicking out the heat you need to make the room it’s in nice and cosy. Setting your other radiators to low is a good idea so they can keep the rest of the house warm as well.
Interestingly, the survey found that people with wood-burning stoves said they saved more on their energy bills than those with multi-fuel products so factor this into your buying decision if you’re yet to get your own stove.
Think about efficiency as well – you might like the idea of an open fire in the hearth but this option is more wasteful than having a wood burner. With an open fire, the majority of the heat goes up the chimney so you may use a similar amount of fuel but not reap the same benefits that you would if you had a wood burner in place instead.
If you’d like further help or advice, get in touch with the Norton Canes team today.