Evergreen Energy Solutions has revealed a woodburning boiler that could mean greener, cheaper energy once you’ve paid for the system to be installed.
The wood pellet condensing boiler – technically known as a biomass system – burns wood pellets, which are automatically fed into the system at regular intervals.
The system is also cleaned automatically, which the company claims helps reduce breakdowns. The product is one of a number of wood-burning boilers on sale.
Our full guide to wood heating systems shows how much you could save: as much as £580 per year if you replace electric heating in a typical three-bedroom semi-detached house (about £100 a year replacing gas heating).
Biomass pros and cons
However, the typical up-front cost these systems is high: from £5,000 £11,500 to buy and install the boiler, and you’ll need space at home to store the fuel.
If you don’t have mains gas heating, you could get a £950 grant towards the cost under a scheme called the Renewable Heat Premium Payment.
A Renewable Heat Incentive scheme – which will pay households which generate heat via some renewable technologies on an ongoing basis – is also planned, though the government is yet to announce when it will open to domestic homes.
See our full guide to the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) for more details on how the scheme is likely to work.
If you want to heat your home using cleaner, renewable energy sources, biomass is considered carbon-neutral, and it will reduce your dependence on traditional fuels such as gas and electricity and on their suppliers. Locally-produced biomass is even better in terms of carbon.
Which? supports making renewable forms of energy more affordable. But we are also keen that consumers make informed decisions about the most appropriate technology for their household needs and are working to ensure consumers have the information to make their choices simpler.