Installing A Biomass Boiler Can Save You Money And The Planet

Heating your home  can be one of the largest utility bills that you have. Heating oil, natural gas and electricity continue to go up in price, and they also spew plenty of carbon dioxide into the air as well. There are lots of different sources of biofuel, corn husks, corn stalks, coconuts, wood pallets, tree trimmings, straw from wheat harvests, wood shavings from saw mills, and the list goes on. Most of this biomass ends up in the landfills, rotting and releasing carbon dioxide and methane into the air.

 

Planet Earth

Mathematically Speaking Biomass Burning Is Equal To Rotting

When agricultural waste rots it releases the same carbon into the air that went into it when it grew in nature, so it’s a closed loop, continually renewable as long as the plants are regrown each season again. This basically applies to all organic matter on earth, when it grows it absorbs carbon, when it rots it gives it up, and when it regrows it reabsorbs that same carbon over again.

Where human civilization has run into a problem with carbon is from the extraction of fossil fuels from the ground. This oil, gas, and coal is the remnants of plants that grew hundreds of millions of years ago, when the planet was hot. By releasing that carbon into the air when we burn it, we risk heating up the earth to the same high temperature that it was 100 million years ago.

If You Work On A Farm Or In A Factory There May Be Biofuel Available For Free

Lots of farmers have thousands of tons of biofuel that they have trouble getting rid of, like corn husks, straw from wheat, or the seeds from avocados. At the same time, many food manufacturers have the same problem with the leftover cellulose from extracting olive oil, palm oil, or even waste cherry seeds. And a furniture manufacturer might have tons of sawdust to get rid of too. All of that goes into the landfill where it rots over time.

By Taking The Waste And Burning It In Your Biomass Boiler You’re Saving Everyone Money

When you take waste pallets from shipping companies or tree trimmings from a landscaping company, you’re saving them the dump fee and yourself from buying fossil fuels to heat your home, it’s the perfect win-win situation.

All that is needed is the right boiler or furnace to take advantage of the fuel you have, many furnaces can burn quite a few different fuels as well. There are some that are made to sit outside you home and others replace the boiler you already have. It’s also quite possible to keep your gas, oil or electric furnace as a backup for the times you’re out of waste fuel.

Biomass Boiler Installation Can Be Quite Varied Depending

In some cases all that is needed is to change the firebox to use a different kind of fuel, like wood pellets, that can automatically be fed, and all that the homeowner does is keep the hopper loaded. Other times the boiler can sit outside the home and only pump heated water into a heat exchanger that’s been installed inside.

An outside biomass boiler installation would be the easiest, as the boiler would be a self contained unit, a firebox with a large water tank to be heated. Then when the water is hot, it’s pumped inside the home via insulated pipes through a heat exchanger that can be installed into an already existing furnace.

When the thermostat clicks on, the water pump and home furnace fan come on simultaneously, pumping hot water through the heat exchanger where the furnace fan blows the air up into the regular ducting throughout the house. As long as the firebox is loaded and lit, the water stays hot and the system clicks on when needed. The regular furnace only needs to be turned off while the biomass boiler is in service.

Switching over to a biomass heating system for your home isn’t as complicated as it might sound at first, but having a continuous supply of fuel is your first step. Once that is in place you only need to find the right boiler or furnace that will burn the fuel, heat the water, and circulate it to the heat exchanger. There is plenty of information available on the internet for further research.