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Calculate potential outdoor furnace energy savings

admin | July 7th, 2010 | No Comments »

One of the first things you should do before purchasing an outdoor furnace is to calculate your energy costs. Take these numbers and compare them to the potential costs of installing and running an outdoor furnace and we think you’ll find that the the financial benefit is there. And of course, the environmental benefit is a given.

For the calculation, you’ll need to know the amount of heat created or used in your home or business. It’s is measured in BTU’s. An average home uses 200,000,000 BTU’s of total energy for heating per year. Approximately 25% of that number is exclusively for hot water. Depending on your appliances, you could be higher or lower. Also, with how your home is insulated, the types of windows, etc, you may use more or less energy. However, using the average home and based on this total consumption, the following amounts of fuel would be required to produce 200,000,000 BTU’s.

Heating Method Annual Requirements Cost Per Unit Total Annual Cost
Electricity
58,600
$0.08
$4,688
Propane
8,264
$0.89
$7,380
Fuel Oil
5,509
$0.54
$2,947
Natural Gas
5,665
$0.21
$1,207
Wood (Birch)
8.5
$75.00
$638

The data above was provided by outdoorfurnaces.org and all the prices are in Canadian funds. However, using simply math in a chart like this spefic to the costs in your area, you’ll get a good idea of your potential savings.

A windy/sunny day gets you thinking

admin | May 6th, 2010 | No Comments »

compare-wind-turbinesOn a day like today where the winds are gusting, the sky is clear and the sun is bright, it’s hard not to think of alternative energy. The average electricity bill in Southern NH is right around $85 a month and the thought of getting off the grid and having a few days a month where PSNH actually pays you is really tantillizing.

A couple new wind turbines that take up little space and spin quietly as your electrical meter grinds to a halt and perhaps even starts spinning the other way, is worth looking into. Seriously, there are so many sizes and shapes to select from, surely one or more of those would fit your lifestyle. The stereotype of a giant propeller spinning with that gentle but prominent “whoosh” sound is no more.

But say you don’t want all that metal spinning in your backyard like some sort of Calder sculpture. Maybe harvesting all those trees that have fallen over in the yard because of gusty winds or recent ice/snow storms. Cut it up large and load your wood-burning outdoor furnace. Now is a perfect time to stock up for the cold months. Better to have too much than too little. In fact, if you don;t have enough, ask you neighbors. They are likely to just want to get it off their grass and whether it’s pine or oak, you can burn it all and save money.

For those looking to capitalize on the sun, solar panels are starting to become cost-effective for residential installations and coming first-hand from a small installation in Amherst, in about 10 years everything will be paid for with annual electricity savings. Not bad considering there is little to no maintenance on the panels.

Combine any number of these and you are looking at significant savings and for no other reason, you are doing your part to keep the Earth healthy for future generations.