Hearth & Home is the leading  retailer of  Modern Wood Burning stoves in Ireland
The Benefits of Wood as an Energy Source

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Burning wood has the lowest carbon dioxide rating of all fuels per kilowatt hour of energy
For BER Certification, a chimney in a dwelling with a gas point to the side it will assume a gas fire of 20% efficiency will be installed - if no gas pipe then assumption is solid fuel efficiency of 37% is the default.

If no chimney then assumption for secondary heating is electric which has the highest CO2 rating of all the fuels.

Kyoto Protocol sets targets for 5.2% reduction in Greenhouse gases by 2012.
Ireland must limit increase of greenhouse gases to 13% above 1990 levels with a 12% contribution from Renewable Energy.

So Why Wood?

  • Wood is renewable, sustainable and can replace coal, peat & oil.
  • It is carbon neutral, very clean and safe.
  • The fuel costs for wood are lower and more stable than Gas, Electricity or Oil
  • Is independent of International Energy prices.
  • It provides local employment and prosperity.

Why Wood-Burner as secondary heat??

  • Savings on coast of construction
  • improved design flexibility
  • provides a sought after focal point in the living room
  • allows the use of less expensive fuel
  • reduces the environmental impact of the dwelling
  • Has very high efficiency levels
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If electric was to be used then to achieve the target emission rates, solar heating, heat pumps or higher values would have to be installed at considerable costs.

A wood burner with an EFF of 70% would allow an architect to increase the window area of a dwelling from 25% of the floor area to 58% because of the reduction in the carbon.

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