With the recent rises in the price of electricity and gas, people are finding it harder to heat their homes without breaking the bank. Global consumption of these resources has never been higher, and as bills go up we are also being encouraged to reduce the amount of energy we use in our homes.
As gas or electric fires become too expensive to actually use, an increasing number of people are turning to wood burning stoves or multi-fuel stoves as an alternative and more cost-effective source of heat. Both are more efficient than an open fire and less costly than gas or electric, and can actually bring a real sense of warmth to the home as well as the actual heat!
Wood Burning Stoves
Burning dry, seasoned hardwood will ensure that burn times are longer, heat yield is higher and ash production is lower. This is an ideal option for those who have access to cheap sources of wood, reducing heating costs significantly and offering a cleaner, carbon neutral way to heat the home.
This type of stove allows a wider choice of fuel, including wood, peat and smokeless fuel. This makes it a more appropriate choice for those who live in smokeless zones, or for those who have limited or intermittent access to wood supplies. The multi-fuel stove allows the owner to use alternative solid fuels when necessary.
Whichever type of stove best suits a home and its environment, there is no denying that choosing this method of heating will reduce heating costs for the home. Some stove suppliers claim that in some circumstances, heating costs can be reduced by as much as half! Improved efficiency reduces fuel consumption and thus, running costs, while the absence of open flues eliminates those chilly drafts.
The range of designs available allows customers to find a stove that will slot perfectly into the décor, bringing a real focal point to the room. Large viewing windows ensure that you get the beauty of a real fire with a much higher heat output, without all the inconvenience of an open fire.
A stylish cast-iron stove can transform the look and feel of a room - just picture the scene: when the temperatures plummet and it's miserable outside those windows, how nice it would be to draw the curtains and settle down in the warm and rosy glow cast by a multi-fuel or wood burning stove.
About the Author: Kath Anderson enjoys writing articles on home interiors, in this article she looks at how to save energy and money by choosing an alternative type of fireplace.