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Biomass Heating

Biomass heating is the use of biomass fuels to heat your house.

Typically this is using either wood or waste.

It may not seem particularly environmentally friendly to be burning something in order to create heat. But the carbon created by burning wood pellets, for example, is the same amount as the product would have absorbed.

Therefore these products are carbon neutral.  Also, waste would only be sitting in a landfill site, so using it to heat your house is a more efficient use.  Local fuels should be sourced in order to minimise the carbon output.

The main way of using biomass fuels is with a specialised boiler.  These feed wood pellets or logs from a hopper into a boiler. The boiler burns the fuel which creates the heat for your central heating.  Alternatively you can use a stove, normally these are standalone and used as heaters for individual rooms.

For either of these the flue or chimney will have to be suitable for wood fuel. It is also important to check that any installation complies with Building regulations.

We recommend that you seek advice from a specialist before undertaking to install a Biomass heating system.

Further information:

  • HETAS for specialist advice on biomass fuels and installers
  • Low Carbon Building Programme – government renewables grant body Tel: 0800 915 0990
  • Energy Saving Trust consumer publication ‘Biomass Buyer’s Guide’

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