Wood Burners and the Cost of Heating Your Home
The cost of heating our homes continues to rise each year, figures from uSwitch show that the cost of heating a home in the UK has increased by a massive 63% in just five years. The average cost of heating a home has increased from £360 to £587 since 2007. That is nearly £100 / month during the winter months of October to March. Dual energy bills now average £1247 / year.
The Cost of Energy: The Outlook is Bleak
What is more, energy price increases are planned which will add another £90 to dual fuel bills.
As a result many householders are rationing their energy use, worrying that they will not be able to afford to keep warm during the winter.
By 2016 it is estimated that 9m people will suffer from fuel poverty. A household is considered to be in fuel poverty if more than 10% of its income is spent on home heating.
Open Fires and Wood Burning Stoves
For those lucky enough to have a working fireplace, lighting a fire is a lower cost alternative. Over the past few years many people have installed wood burning stoves to reduce their fuel costs. These stoves which incorporate the latest clean burn technologies can heat homes very efficiently. Burning logs is not only a cost effective way of heating your home, but is also environmentally friendly.
Saving Heating Costs with a Wood Burning Stove
A wood burning stove can cost around £700 and £1500 to install, but it is estimated that the initial outlay could be recovered in around five years, as your household heating costs are reduced. Seasoned hardwood that is wood that has been dried for a year to eighteen months costs about £80-£110 per cubic metre. This could last the the average 5kW woodburner a few winter months depending on the severity of the winter.
It is cheaper to buy unseasoned logs and season them yourself but you need a log store as explained here.