Do you have a fireplace in your home? Do you ever wonder if the natural gas logs are better for the environment than the traditional wood-burning stoves? Are there any alternatives to either choice?
Here are the environmental advantages of having a gas fireplace to heat your home:
- No wood means no trees to cut down
- It can save 25% on your energy bill
- There are no fumes or particles that are being released into the air, no pollution
- Some models have a blower that circulates the heat into the rest of the home (and if you don't have a blower you could use a ceiling fan switched to turn the opposite way you do in the summer)
- If you lower the thermostat while the fireplace is on, it increases more energy efficiency (and lower bills)
Here are the environmental advantages of having a woodburning fireplaces:
- You can use reclaimed or waste wood to burn; wood that would be taken to the landfill
- They're cheaper to run than conventional heating systems
- Reduces your dependency on electricity and natural gas
- Wood is a renewable resource
And here is alternative source of materials to burn in a woodburning fireplace:
Terracycle, an organization that is based around making products out of trash, has a wonderful product called "eco-friendly fire logs".
- It burns cleaner than the alternatives and gets rid of some of the waste from the landfill.
- They also offer a fire starter product that is made for woodburning stoves and charcoal grills.
Another way to stay warm this winter and paying a little less on your energy bills is by lowering your thermostat to 68 degrees (65 at night). And an even better way to do this is to get a programmable thermostat to regulate the temperature to be lower when you're sleeping and when you're out of the house for long periods of time (like when you're at work). These are just a few ways to help your wallet survive this winter. Remember, only 5 weeks to go. :)