The high cost of oil is causing many people to panic about winter heating bills as homeowners brace for higher prices than last year. According to estimates by the Department of Energy, households using heating oil will pay an average $4.34 a gallon, or $2,644 for the heating season, up more than 30 percent from last winter and up 150 percent since 2003. This uncertainty and added budget concerns are prompting people to purchase alternative heating options, such as wood boilers, wood stoves and pellet stoves.
Greenwood Technologies, a manufacturer of high efficiency, EPA-qualified wood boilers is one such company that has seen a dramatic increase in wood boiler sales over the past few months. This interest has been fueled not only by high fuel prices, but also by the growing awareness of performance and air quality improvements offered by clean technology appliances.
“Homeowners recognize that today’s high fuel prices are here to stay and are looking for long-term, environmentally responsible solutions to control heating costs. Clean-burning wood boilers significantly reduce heating bills without the impact on air quality of traditional wood boilers,” said Michael Kuehner, vice president of Greenwood Technologies. “Lines are forming at many dealers as people realize that a small investment now provides lasting security and independence from costly fossil fuels,” he continued.
Greenwood Technologies is focused on satisfying current and future heating challenges through environmentally responsible alternative energy solutions beyond solar and wind. Unlike inefficient traditional outdoor wood boilers which have been embroiled in controversy, Greenwood’s high-efficiency wood boilers employ wood gasification technology that minimizes smoke and dramatically improves efficiency. Recently, Greenwood Technologies received U.S. Environmental Protection Agency designations for the Greenwood Furnace and the Greenwood Aspen Series 175. This designation confirms that these products are extremely clean burning and produce little or no wood smoke.