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Don’t Get Bent Over a Barrel with Heating Costs

Thermostat with cash $100 bills behind itDuring the cold months of winter, most of us feel as if we are at the mercy of the utilities companies when it comes time to pay the heating bills each month. With volatile prices that fluctuate each month and seem to get worse and worse every year, keeping a home comfortable and warm has become a costly endeavor.

Because of that, some homeowners who are fed up with getting “bent over a barrel” by big oil companies have turned to alternative fuel sources to heat their homes. Some low cost heating solutions include being completely off grid with wood stoves, the affordable and renewable fuel of pellet stoves, and the efficient zone heating from gas inserts.

Go Off-Grid with Wood Stoves 

Wood burning stoves aren’t just for rustic cabins anymore. These heating appliances now come in a variety of styles to fit into homes with both traditional and modern décor. Because of new EPA regulations, new wood stoves are now more efficient than ever and contribute very little – if any – particle pollution into the air.

The major benefit of wood stoves is that they can heat a home using only firewood and run entirely without an additional power source. This allows these wood stoves to be considered “off-grid,” as they require no electricity or gas and can run even during power outages from winter storms.

Go Green with Pellet Stoves 

Pellet stoves have begun rapidly increasing in popularity in recent years. These heating appliances can replicate the look and feel of a wood burning stove without the hassle and mess associated with chopping, hauling, seasoning, and storing firewood. Likewise, pellet stoves can be up to 15% more efficient than their wood burning counterparts.

Pellets are considered by some to be a green energy source because they are made of recycled materials such as sawdust and other small wood pieces that are normally discarded. While pellet stoves do need a small amount of electricity to operate their fans and hoppers, this monthly expense is relatively small, often averaging as little as $8 per month depending on the size of the stove and area it is heating.

Get Efficient Zone Heating from Gas Inserts 

Zone heating is an excellent choice for homeowners who are tired of paying extremely high energy bills in the winter months. Rather than heating the whole house, zone heating allows you to control which rooms are being heated at certain times, creating significant savings by making sure only occupied rooms are receiving heat.

According to the Hearth, Patio, and Barbeque Association, “Studies indicate that zone heating solutions can provide energy savings of 20-40 percent.” Unlike a space heater, which are often clunky eyesores around the house and may pose as fire risks, gas inserts provide both warmth and ambiance to a room. With easy installation and little annual maintenance, they are an excellent option for homeowners looking to boost their monthly energy savings.

If you’re tired of being taken advantage of by the big oil and electricity companies, contact The Cozy Flame today to find out how a new heating appliance can save you money.

What is a Pellet Stove?

Do you want to get the most out of your money? Consider a pellet stove as your heating appliance. It can significantly cut the costs and save energy.

Do you want to get the most out of your money? Consider a pellet stove as your heating appliance. It can significantly cut the costs and save energy.

It’s not really anything new, but some might say it’s become a bit of a hot topic. Interest in wood pellet heat is growing once again as oil prices have steadily increased in recent years. While pellet stoves require up front costs and are not recommended as a standalone heating source, the savings are substantial and allow homeowners to cut their overall energy usage and costs. Continue reading to see why adding a pellet stove in your home could be a huge money saver for you.

Why Should I Choose a Pellet Stove?

In colder climates, heating costs account for approximately one-third of a homeowner’s annual utility bill. As a result, many homeowners are seeking more economical ways to stay warm during the cold-weather months. Freestanding pellet stoves are an increasingly popular solution for homeowners, as they create a small fraction of the ash produced by an older wood-burning stove or fireplace, so cleaning s much less frequent. If used daily, you’d find yourself having to empty the ashpan once a week.

How Does a Pellet Stove Work?

They look like traditional woodstoves but operate more like a modern furnace. You need only fill the stove’s hopper with pellets made from compacted sawdust, set its thermostat, sit back, and get cozy. A mechanical auger deposits the pellets into a burn pot, where they are incinerated at such a high temperature that they create no vent-clogging creosote and very little ash or emissions, which keeps both indoor and outdoor air cleaner. The best part is that they are about twice as efficient at warming your home as older woodstoves that have not been certified by the EPA and are vastly more efficient than fireplaces.

Is a Pellet Stove a Good Option for my Home?

Depending on your home’s size and layout, a pellet stove could supplement the current heating system or be used as the sole source. And, despite its workhorse reputation, pellet stoves come in a variety of designs to complement any interior style. Unless you’re comfortable with cutting holes in your house for the venting, however, it is best to leave the installation to a professional. Pipes can run horizontally out an exterior wall, vertically through the roof, or up the chimney if adding an insert.

Pellet stoves are a great way to heat your home. The beauty of a fire, with the added advantages of a pellet stove (e.g., better efficiency). With the fluctuating costs of home heating oil, a new pellet stove might very well pay for itself in one heating season. Whether you prefer the convenience of researching products online or getting up close and personal with potential new additions for your home, the Comfort Consultants at The Cozy Flame have you covered. Give us a call at (203) 283-4459 or stop in and visit our showroom today.

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