If you want to dispense with fuzzy slippers and flannel pajamas in the winter, then you have a variety of heating methods to make it happen. Some are more “green” than others. The green heating methods are just as good, if not better, than the old standbys. Here are a few.
Pellet stoves use sawdust, wood chips, and anything to do with lumber. The pellets are put into a hopper, which releases the pellets into the stove at a controlled rate. The pellets generate no pollution and only require a vent to the outside instead of a chimney.
Note to homeowners: pellet stoves need electricity for the hopper and fan to work. You will need to prepare a backup plan for when the power goes out.
Natural Gas and Propane
Although both have increased in price the last few years, propane is a clean option, burning much cleaner than oil and even wood. Imagine snuggling up to a cozy propane-fueled fireplace at the end of the day. And since propane burns at 96 percent efficiency (much higher than wood), that peace of mind will help you be even cozier.
The greenest of them all, geothermal heating takes heat from the earth and puts it into your house. The temperature of the earth creates a baseline for your home at around 50 degrees, reducing how much your thermostat has to pull the temperature up or down throughout the year. It can even act as a water heater!
Switching to geothermal is expensive, to the tune of about $25,000. This process involves digging up the yard to install the pipes, and installing the grid in the walls of the house.
Another green method of home heating is solar panels. The attraction of free heat for as long as you own the house is a powerful one. Your house already comes with half of the needs of solar power. A forced air heating system will use the solar power to heat the air it blows. A radiant heated house will use a solar liquid heating system.
Tax incentives and other bargains from power companies accompany each installation of solar panels. You’ll pay about $80 per square foot for each 400 square feet of house. If you don’t think it will fit the budget, just remember you’ll never pay another power bill.
So, there you have it. Green heating methods in your home can look great in your home and work even better to keep it warm.
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