As society hurdles towards more efficient ways to thrive in this world, the collective mind turns towards everyday needs. Among the issues faced is that of heating the home. There are three sources of heat that usually come to mind: gas, electric and wood. Let’s look at just how environmentally savvy the more well-known types are as well as one that might not be given as much credit.
Gas heating has its advantages. It’s pretty easy on the budget as well as being smoke free, and you don’t have to wait long after you’ve turned on your space heater to feel that warmth. However, some disadvantages are pretty detrimental to the user’s health. Without proper ventilation to the room or house, the pollutants could cause poisoning. The most infamous is carbon monoxide poisoning which can lead to damage in the brain and/or organs and in extreme cases even death. A heater that isn’t well maintained and collects dust and residue could also be a fire hazard.
Electricity is probably the most popular when it comes to heating. You can set the thermometer to how toasty you want the residence to be and you don’t have to stoke any fires or turn anything off. Most of the time it’s automatic and will shut off when it reaches ideal temperatures. Although electric isn’t really dangerous, the price of keeping it running can get pretty steep. If the furnace is outdated or if there’s poor sealing on the exterior and interior of the building, those drafty places can really take a chunk out of your wallet.
Wood burning stoves are nostalgic and smell of what home used to mean before electricity became more accessible to the majority of people around the country. While it does cut down on utility bills, if the house isn’t properly ventilated- which means proper chimneys and upkeep of the vents and flues, it could spell disaster for the inhabitants. Another thing to consider is how many trees have to be harvested for a single family to survive the winter. Now multiply that by the hundreds of thousands of people all over the globe using this heat source. That’s a lot of trees being cut down. Space is another issue. Unless you have a wood shed, it can take up a considerable amount of space to store and cure the wood.
Considering all of these options, there’s one ace in the deck that’s sure the be a hit. Enviro bricks are blocks of compacted sawdust that families are turning to as a good alternative to the sources mentioned above. These space saving bricks burn longer and emit more heat than regular wood. Sawdust also means less trees harvested. They are also very affordable and are easy to use. They can be used in fireplaces as well as outdoors in fire pits when camping.
No matter what your preference is when it comes to heating your home, always practice smart, safe handling and maintenance of your equipment.