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Thursday 26 April 2018
26 April 2018 - NEWS UPDATE
Green Living

Using Biomass Boilers to Warm Up Your Future

Keeping our homes warm and comfortable is essential, particularly in Britain where our winters have the potential to devastate communities. Global warming continues to bring worsening weather, harsher winters, stormy summers, and there have been global movements to pursue greener energy options for the benefit of the worldwide community. Reducing your carbon footprint can start right from changing your heating options. The renewable option of the future that could provide our green solutions? Biomass boilers.

Considering The Environment

Taking that first step into renewables can be a daunting process, but that is where renewable energy specialists come in. Taking into account your home's size and your budget, you can find the most reliable renewable resources for your home to cut back on carbon emissions immediately following installation. Taking biomass into consideration is a relatively easy decision, considering you can install biomass boilers in both homes and in apartment-style buildings to heat numerous floors. So why choose biomass in the first place?

Looking at the environmental impact of biomass, it is clear that the amount of carbon produced is far less than those created by gas boilers that are commonly used around the country. Biomass fuels are also exactly as their name suggests – mass produced, renewable, and more environmentally friendly than the alternative fossil fuel oil and gas options. Over 4.6 quadrillion thermal units of energy in the United States were generated by biomass, demonstrating a real step forward for the renewable energy market.

In Scotland, the government has reported a remarkable 90% of all renewable heat energy being produced by biomass boiler systems. Of course, there is a target for 11% of all energy production to be made renewable by 2020, and there are some ways to go before this will become a reality, but domestic households can begin to reduce carbon emissions starting right now.

Recycling for Efficient Energy

The UK is the world's largest importer of biomass fuels in the world with 28% of global market stocks. Considering the number of trees that Britain fells each year, amounting to only 0.3million tonnes of wood pellets per year, with a demand for over 5million, there is undoubtedly room for the biomass fuel industry to keep growing with such demand. It can, however, create the problem of understanding renewability of biomass fuels, as trees take many years to grow back. Time will tell if there are ways to keep the wood pellet and wood farming industry at renewable, affordable levels.

There is good news on the horizon, however. Homeowners may not be aware yet, but there are ways for your home and/or business to use wood in a more economical, environmentally friendly way: recycling. Over 6 million tonnes of wood are thrown away as waste every year in the UK and there are campaigns being created to inform the public of wood recycling. Think about the amount of clean energy that could be produced by 6 million tonnes when 12 cubic metres can create the same amount of heat as over a thousand litres of oil. It doesn't bear much thinking about other options when put into this perspective.

Keeping our trees protected and able to grow more easily is vital to the wood industry and our ecosystem. Without trees, we will find ourselves in a delicate position with the carbon dioxide they remove from the atmosphere, but we also have to heat our homes. Finding the right balance between felling trees and warming our homes is a developing question.

Taking Biofuels into the Future

There is no doubt that we are in need of real change in our habits to make biofuels work for our future endeavours and to protect the planet. As domestic consumers, we may yet see further changes to the way our energy is produced. It may be some time before biomass systems are affordable enough for all to make use of their unique, carbon-reducing energy production, but there is a growing need for them. With improvements in the biofuel industry, and an increase in the number of people interested in greener energy, there may be a revolution approaching in the renewables market.

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