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Thursday, July 11, 2013

3 Eco-Friendly Home Improvements for Better Living

Making our homes eco-friendly doesn't only improve energy efficiency and lower costs; it also protects the environment around us. By making eco-friendly home improvements, we can protect our wallet as well as the air we breathe.

There are many repairs and installations you can make to improve the energy efficiency of your home, but here, we're only going to name the three most important.

If you make these repairs and invest in the equipment referenced below, you'll be well on your way to preparing yourself for the future.  Gasoline isn't always going to be the world's primary fuel source.  Energy created from self-sustaining and energy efficient practices are quickly on the rise.

Seal the Drafts, Seal them Fast!

According to the U.S. Department of Energy, 20 percent of energy used for heating and cooling escapes from places like doors, windows, chimneys and unfinished basements.  That's one fifth of the energy you use to cool and heat your home!  Instead of keeping you comfortable, it's escaping to the outside and making your air conditioner and heater work longer and harder.

If your windows and doors are fairly new, there's a chance they weren't installed correctly.  Or your windows and doors could just be made of poor quality.  Whatever the case, inspect the situation and see if you can stop outside air coming through the window on your own.  Feel free to use caulking where appropriate and invest in draft-catchers to prevent air seepage through doors.

Invest in High Efficiency Equipment

High efficiency equipment includes everything from clothes washers, dishwashers and dryers to hot water heaters, air conditioners and light bulbs.

If you've seen this kind of equipment before, you've probably also seen labels related to energy savings on their packages.  Some people misconstrue these labels as salesy advertisements when, in reality, they're facts.  An equipment manufacturer is disallowed by law to place false statements regarding energy savings on packages.

The savings that you see are the savings that you get and, the best thing is, these savings nearly always justify the one-time purchase costs.

Resort to Tradition When it Makes Sense

This doesn't mean you should take your hamper of dirty clothes to a nearby lake with a washboard and soap.  This simply means that when technology makes a traditional method eco-friendly, go with it!  A wood-burning furnace is a good instance of this.

For instance, an Empyre wood furnace increases energy efficiency up to 70% and reduces emissions by 90%.  With furnaces like this, it seems wood surpasses popular forms of heat like natural gas.

When a traditional version of an energy-reliant system is enhanced with modern technology, it comes back with a vengeance and outperforms modern systems.


Savings and Other Advantages of Gasification Wood Boilers

Gasification wood boilers are efficient heating units that burn wood to heat water. Traditional wood furnaces merely combust the wood and lose a large portion of the heat energy contained in the exhaust gas through a chimney. Instead of losing a significant amount of heat, a gasification wood boiler combusts the wood within a firebox and the exhaust gas within a gasification chamber.The gases emitted from the combustion of wood within the firebox are forced, via controlled air flow, into a gasification chamber which holds a temperature as high as 2,000 degrees Fahrenheit. The chamber’s high temperature and mixing of additional oxygen ignites the combustible gas. The heat energy from the firebox and gasification chamber heats water to provide hot water and radiant or forced air heating.

The simple method of igniting both wood and the gas emitted from the wood burning, increases the amount of heat energy gained per combustible product. Obtaining more heat from wood equates to spending less money for fuel. Additional cost savings can be realized through purchasers qualifying for tax rebates or incentives for efficient biomass heating appliances.

Saving money is not the only perk of owning a gasification wood boiler. The inherent design reduces harmful air pollutant emissions when compared to standard wood stoves or furnaces by approximately 90% while still achieving a 70% increase in combustion efficiency. A cleaner burn not only helps protect the air you breathe but produces less ash, creosote, and soot. Therefore, less time is spent on maintenance and cleaning of the unit.

A gasification wood boiler allows people to reduce their dependence on limited fossil fuels. Now, thanks to the revitalization of the gasification method of heat generation, the renewable resource of wood can be combusted with pride to heat indoor spaces and provide hot water.


Tuesday, May 28, 2013

The Weather is Improving, Shouldn’t your Home?

With the icy winds and bitter cold of winter finally falling behind us, the invigorating summer season isn’t far off. Everyone has something to look forward to as the temperature rises, whether that involves heading to the beach, or getting that pesky yard work done. For the most industriously minded out there, summer time is also recognized as the season for home improvement. If you’ve already taken care of the most common problems that plague home owners, why not investigate additions to your living space? A trend that has recently gained resurgence in popularity is the indoor furnace; and it isn’t hard to see why.

Though it may seem somewhat archaic at first, there are several benefits to owning a wood furnace. One of the most exciting is the overall cost efficiency when compared to gas or electrical heating. As gas prices climb ever higher it may become painful to your wallet just to switch the heat on. Wood, which ranges from relatively cheap to completely free, can ease a good portion of the stress on your bank account. Many furnaces are also designed to run off of all three fuel sources, in the event your wood supply runs low.

Wood burning is also much better for the environment as compared to coal or gasoline. Not only are these methods proven to aid in the destruction of our ozone layer, but the earth must be dug up or filled with excavating equipment of some kind to obtain them. Nearly any tree’s wood can be burned without an issue, making it simple and convenient to obtain. Likewise, wood is a renewable resource, unlike burnable fossil fuels. By relying on nature’s most ample resource instead of one that is slowly being drained away, assists in prolonging the welfare of our planet.

Lastly, many find the humble wood furnace to have a comforting primitive charm about it. Just mentioning the forefather of radiators conjures up memories of sitting around a crackling fire with the family to keep warm and share stories. It retains all of the intrigue of a camp fire in the middle of your own living room! Warm vents imbedded in the floor just fail to reach the level of appeal of a welcoming wood furnace. If you find yourself at a lack for how to spend some of your free summer hours, take some time and consider what could really spruce up that sitting room or kitchen.


Thursday, May 23, 2013

Burning Clean to Keep it Green

Are you looking for a cleaner alternative to burning coal, or perhaps just a cheaper means to stay warm? Trying to balance the scales of efficient and globally friendly can be difficult, but it’s not impossible! With a bit of time and ingenuity anyone can create their own clean-burning source of energy. What’s the catch, you ask? Surely you’ll need some manner of expensive fuel, right? Not at all! As long as you have a surplus of scrap wood, plants, or even garbage, biomass gasification could work for you!

Coal-fired power plants are the most common form of gasification, as they can produce extreme amounts of energy under the appropriate parameters. Unfortunately, one of the resultant products it creates is carbon dioxide (CO2) which is one of the largest contributors to global warming. That is where wood gasification comes in! With slight modifications, the same procedures can be done through a wood gasifier with materials that naturally reoccur. Aside from wood, wheat scraps and a list of other crop leftovers can be burned down to generate the appropriate gasses. For those who have excess plant matter, such as farmers or woodworkers, biomass gasification can help both the wallet and the ozone.

Gasifiers can also vary in size, making it a great method for entire power plants or a single home. In fact, if you don’t need to produce 250 million watts of power – the Polk Power Station near Tampa does, and they use biomass gasification – you can make your own gasifier from household products. However, if you lack experience with welding or handling combustibles, it may be for the better if you purchase one from experts. Either way, the gasifier will pay for itself in less than a year, while also reducing your contribution to global warming.

How do you feel about biomass gasification as an alternative source of energy?


Friday, April 26, 2013

Government Just Schooled us on Alternative Energy

Like a money budget, the government also has an energy budget. 

We're not talking about the physical endurance of officials and their ability to stay awake during tedious debates.  We're talking about energy that fuels new construction, powers electronics and lights up the White House.  Non-renewable and renewable energy alike.

The fact is, the government uses many sources of energy to power operations, but the majority of it is non-renewable.  Among using energy resources from the homeland, the government also uses energy sources from foreign lands – mostly oil.  And because the price of foreign oil often fluctuates, the budget is hard to determine.

This is pretty obvious, but what isn't talked about is the government department that used the most energy and how much energy it uses. 

Eighty percent of the government energy budget is used by one department and this 80% accounts for $19.4 of annual energy spending.  Surprisingly, this department that flies under the radar screen when it comes to energy is the Department of Defense (DoD).

The department that creates a defensive blanket for the United States spends this money on national and international structures and defense mechanisms.  Since defense will always remain an imperative goal for the U.S., the DoD recently realized it needs to start broadening its energy sources to create defenses, foreign and domestic. 

Recently, the DoD and U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) formed an alliance.  This alliance has the goal of using alternative energy solutions to reduce the cost of energy and reliance on foreign sources.  By 2025, the DoD plans to make 25% of all energy used a product of renewable energy sources.

What Energy Consumers Can Learn From the DoD

Since the government usually implements eco-friendly practices much later than the public, this is a wake-up call.  The government is making a huge effort to invest in energy sources that are cleaner and self-owned.  That is, they're aiming to create their own energy sources – not borrow from foreign lands.

This is an important lesson to citizens of the United States. 

Look at it like this: the government relies on sources of energy overseas much like we rely on energy sources provided by local gas companies.  Using gas created by local companies once seemed like the only option.  But now, with alternative heating solutions, there's a choice U.S. citizens can make that follows the wisdom of the DoD's decision to create a new energy plan. 


Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Improving the World – and Your Wallet – with Alternative Heating Solutions

Although many of our customers are thrilled just to save money on their heating costs, our alternative heating solutions are more than simple budget helpers. Heating solutions like wood gasifiers and furnaces are also great for the natural environment.

Get More without Using as Much

The furnaces we sell operate at extremely high efficiencies, which ensures that they can release more energy out of the same amount of fuel. Wood gasification, for instance, uses a dual burn system that burns both the fuel source itself and the gases released during the initial combustion cycle, many of which generate a significant amount of additional heat in the process.

By burning the byproducts via a recycling system instead of simply releasing them as most fireplaces and normal wood stoves do, our furnaces and boilers increase efficiency by up to 70 percent. This means that you do not have to deplete as many natural resources to stay warm, and some of our customers even cut the amount of wood they need in half.

In addition, the fact that our products recycle waste gases means that they stay out of the atmosphere. With many of our boilers, emissions are reduced by up to 90 percent, which is a great way to protect the environment.

Using Fuel Sources with Less of an Impact

The best alternative heating solutions use wood sources that are directly renewable, unlike fossil fuels. In addition, these sources do not need as much human intervention to generate, meaning that our customers keep their homes and offices warm without creating as much waste in the process.

For example, natural gas and coal require mining, well extraction, trucks, tankers, and a whole host of other energy-intensive methods to get them from the earth to your furnace. Wood, on the other hand, can often be sourced locally and regrown, and many types of softwood can be transported naturally by floating down rivers. These factors combine to ensure that, in addition to being more environmentally sound, our alternative heating solutions are less market-dependent.

If you're interested in saving money and the environment, we have the products for you. Be sure to browse our site, and feel free to contact us with any questions.


Friday, September 7, 2012

Get in Shape and Save Money with Wood Burning Stoves

Wood stoves are becoming more popular every day, and there are many reasons for this. One good reason is that one can get plenty of exercise while gathering wood for their stove. The cutting and gathering will get quite the cardiovascular workout, and that can cut costs of going to a gym. 

The wood that one burns in their stove is also environmental-friendly. The smell from burning wood puts out plenty of CO2 and leaves a wonderful smell in your home. The coziness of sitting by a wood burning stove will make any time a special time.

Wood burning stoves can help cut on your gas and electric bills, putting money in your pocket. Power outages can happen at any time, and one should always be prepared to have heat for their home if that should ever happen. It never hurts to be prepared for incidences like an outage. Keeping your family warm in the winter months is important, and a wood stove will provide you with that security.

Our wood stoves are very easy to clean. They are designed for safety as everything is enclosed allowing a person to be able to leave their home for a while without the worry of sparks flying out and starting a fire.

We have many different styles of wood stoves to choose from. They work well in a home, office, garage, or any other place a person wants to stay warm in style.


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