Biomass systems, also known as wood-fuelled systems, burn wood pellets, chips or logs, providing warmth in a single room, and or, to power central heating and hot water boilers.

For example, a stove burns pellets or logs to heat a single room, and may be fitted with a back boiler to also provide hot water. A boiler burns pellets, logs or chips, connected to a central heating and hot water system. The Energy Saving Trust suggests that “a wood-fuelled biomass boiler could save you up to £800 a year compared to electric heating.”

The benefits of biomass heating:

  1. Affordable heating fuel
    Although the price of wood fuel varies considerably, it is often cheaper than other heating options.
  2. Financial support
    Wood fuel boiler systems could benefit from the Renewable Heat Incentive.
  3. A low-carbon option
    The amount of carbon dioxide emitted when wood fuel is burned is the same as was absorbed over the months and years that the plant was growing. The process is sustainable as long as new plants continue to grow in place of those used for fuel. While there are some carbon emissions caused by the cultivation, manufacture and transportation of the fuel, as long as the fuel is sourced locally, these are much lower than the emissions from fossil fuels.

Considerations include: space, flue regulations and potential planning permissions.

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