A biomass boiler is a great option to heat your home, especially if you are using an expensive energy source like oil.
Biomass boilers are fuelled by wood pellets, chips or logs to power a central heating and hot water system. Compared to electric heating, you could save up to £990 a year by using wood fuel. Find out the top 3 reasons for getting a biomass boiler.
1. Affordable heating solution
The price of wood varies a lot, but compared to most heating options it is cheaper. Replacing an LPG boiler with biomass could save you between £845 and £1265, according to the Energy Saving Trust.
2. Renewable Heat Incentive
Biomass boilers are eligible for the Renewable Heat Incentive, which is a government-backed scheme where you can earn an income for generating your own heat. You could earn between £1,015 and £1,580 a year for 20 years.
3. Reduce your carbon footprint
The carbon dioxide emitted when the wood in the boiler is burned is equal to the amount that the plant absorbed when it was growing. That means that in itself, wood fuel is a carbon-neutral solution, as long as new plants grow in place of the ones that have been used for fuel.
There are some emissions from the manufacture, cultivation and transportation of the fuel for biomass boilers, but as long as the fuel is local the emissions are much lower than those produced by fossil fuels.
Biomass boiler cost
Biomass boilers are more expensive than a typical gas boiler. You should expect to pay anywhere between £9,000 and £21,000 for an automatically fed pellet boiler, but manually fed log boiler systems might be cheaper.
Experts estimate that you’ll pay off the cost of installation within 7 to 9 years with the Renewable Heat Incentive. And since you earn the tariff for 20 years, after that the rest of the money will be profit.
If you’ve got the room to keep a large store of fuel, you can save money by buying in bulk. Logs are generally cheaper than pellets, but you need to factor in the cost to transport them to your home.