It’s official. Winter is here. It’s a time we all dread with the looming thoughts of cold, dark mornings and heating bills through the roof. In our house, there is no doubt about it. It’s time to fire up the wood heater, something that has become a bit of a family tradition over the years and always coincides with a hot chocolate and marshmallows.
As many of you may know, The Du Bois family love our wood fire and I am a bit of an advocate of wood heating, I have set a goal to take our home totally off the grid and live in a completely sustainable home. With energy prices set to rise, using firewood – a renewable source of energy – is a great way to achieve low cost, efficient heating for the home.
As well as saving money, and this may come as a surprise, recent research says that wood heating also generates the lowest greenhouse emissions compared to other forms of domestic heating. A win-win!
Wood heaters are strictly regulated in Australia to ensure that emission output remains low. When selecting a wood heater ensure it displays a compliance plate that confirms it meets Australian emission standards. You can find all certified wood heaters at: www.certifiedwoodheaters.
I’m currently working together with Australian Home Heating Association on some handy tips on how to get the most out of your wood heater to ensure it remains an economically and environmentally responsible option for heating your home this winter. So please do keep an eye out on my blog in the coming weeks for more.
I understand that wood heating is a bit of a mystery for some of the people, but you all know me I’m happy to give advice where I can and share some of the experience I have gained over the many years of building wood fireplaces into my homes and as a wood fire user. Please ask any questions below or via my social media channels and I will do my best.