Posts Tagged ‘green energy’

State of NH makes it even easier to compare cost savings with wood pellets!

Exciting news! The  state of New Hampshire has added wood pellets to the list of fuels on its savings calculator, making it even easier to see just how much you’re saving with wood pellets instead of oil, propane, or other sources of heat. Just enter the current pricing of the fuels you want to compare, and voila! You have an instant calculation of cost per million BTU, letting you compare apples to apples and find out how much your heat actually costs.

Questions, comments, observations? Sound off here!

We have a winner!! Thank you to all participants in the Festive Hearth Contest

Congratulations to Renee from Massachusetts (entry #9)!

(9) Renee from MA

(9) Renee from MA

Her beautiful hearth received the most votes, and Renee will receive free delivery on her next order.

Thank you to all our participants of the Festive Hearth Contest for sharing your lovely entries, and thank you to our enthusiastic voters!

Model Neighborhood Project helps NH residents cut heating costs by up to 50%!

The Northern Forest Center in Berlin, New Hampshire is launching a new program to support the local economy, reduce residents’ heating costs by up to 50%, and reduce environmental impacts associated with home heating.  The Model Neighborhood Project is sponsored by Berlin BetterBuildings, the City of Berlin, and Maine Energy Systems and funded by corporate and individual donors to cover up to 75% of the cost and installation of a wood pellet boiler system for local homeowners.

According to the Concord Monitor, the Model Neighborhood Project is hoping to help convert up to 40 homeowners in Berlin over the next two years. This means that 40 homes and/or municipal buildings are going to switch from fossil fuels to wood pellet heat… and we think that’s fabulous!

Think about it: for every home that switches from imported oil, that’s money saved each year (probably 40-50% of heating costs – our average customer saves nearly $700 a year by heating with wood pellets instead of oil)!; and 100% of the money each homeowner does spend on heat will stay in the local economy. And on top of the financial savings, that’s somewhere in the neighborhood of 7 tons of greenhouse gases saved per household, per year!

If you’re lucky enough to live in Berlin, NH, contact Mike Wilson at mwilson@northernforest.org for participation details. And if you don’t happen to live in Berlin, check out some of the great state & local programs sponsored in your area.

Dear Darlene – Advice to keep your stove happy!

Darlene is the Customer Service & Sales Manager at WoodPellets.com.  She’s also an experienced pellet stove owner, and she and her team of Pellet Experts answer all sorts of questions from customers on all things pellet.

Got a burning question for Darlene?  Leave it here, and she’ll get you an answer in no time!

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It’s definitely getting cold, and I’m ready to turn my stove back on. Is there anything I need to do to get my stove ready?

-Cold Feet, Hartford, CT

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Dear Cold,

Sure, are you ready for some…..cleaning?

I know, I know, you were thinking FOOTBALL! But what’s not to love – football games and a roaring pellet stove! One thing to keep in mind is that a clean stove is a happy stove, and a happy stove means a happy stove owner.

To answer your question: Yes, there is a short checklist of maintenance & cleaning tips you should go through before you start heating. If you have not already had your stove serviced – and I mean professionally cleaned – since last heating season, I would recommend that you do. Contact a local stove shop first to see if they can provide Annual Stove Service, and if they don’t, then contact a local Pellet Stove Service Technician.

What most people don’t realize is that they should have their stove professionally cleaned after 1-2 tons burned. The reality is most people have their stove serviced annually, which works for the majority of folks. However, pellet stove owners who burn 5-8 tons (or more!) a year should seriously consider having their stove serviced mid-season. This practice will keep your stove running efficiently, and it’ll keep you in better tune with your stove!

Just to give you an idea of what a Professional Cleaning involves, here’s a checklist from a Scott of Pellet Stove Cleaning.  This is a rather comprehensive list, as you can see (and of course, each checklist will vary by stove make and model):

  • Remove pellets; vacuum debris; inspect hopper, auger plate, pressure and/or latch switches; perform minor repairs as needed and refill pellets
  • Inspect auger and auger assembly; test for unobstructed rotation within the auger tube; clean & lubricate auger motor as needed
  • Combustion and Convection Blowers: access, clean, lubricate as needed
  • Visually inspect all wiring and terminals
  • Clean the entire fire chamber including: burn pot, ignition assembly, fire walls, draft chambers, exhaust ports and heat exchangers, etc…
  • Inspect all seals, heat switches, and vacuum sensors
  • Clean out exhaust pipes to the outside air
  • Complete cleaning of electronics from the rear panel of the appliance, and test electrical sensors and igniter for continuity and working order
  • Complete cleaning of the adjacent floor area and stove hearth, and glass on stove
  • Start up the stove to make sure all is working correctly

So, I hope I’ve answered your question and should you need help locating a Pellet Stove Technician in your area, we can help!  Just call 1-800-PELLETS or email us here at info@woodPellets.com.

Happy Heating!!!

Darlene

NH Senator Jeanne Shaheen visits WoodPellets.com!

New Hampshire Senator Jeanne Shaheen visited WoodPellets.com on Monday, and we couldn’t have been happier to host the Senator here at our Goffstown office! Sen. Shaheen met with leaders of the renewable energy industry, including our own president Jon Strimling, to discuss the future of wood pellet heating in America. Wood and wood pellet heating is growing quickly in this country, and here in the Northeast in particular. We’re proud to work with our government representatives to make sure wood pellets are affordable and sustainable, even as more and more people choose to heat with this green resource.

Why did you switch to wood pellet heat? Was it to support a local industry, or to save money on your heating bills? Or maybe to reduce your carbon footprint? Whatever the reason, sound off here!

From left to right, Jon Strimling (President, WoodPellets.com), Lou D'Allesandro (NH State Senator), Senator Jeanne Shaheen, Mary Collins (Small Business Development Center State Director), and Hollis McGuire (Small Business Development Center Regional Manager). Photo credit: Melissa Paly, Cross Current Communications.

Independent Review – Homestead Wood Pellets

Well folks, it was definitely chilly this morning here in New Hampshire. No doubt about it, the heating season is almost upon us!

In honor of the 2011-2012 heating season (you can feel it right around the corner!), Rob over at WoodPelletReviews.com has fired up his stove and burned his first bag of the season – Homestead premium wood pellets, a brand we’re carrying for the first time this year. See what Rob has to say here.

After putting Homestead through our rigorous quality testing, we can guarantee that they exceed the Pellet Fuel Institute’s standard for premium grade pellets, providing a high heat, low maintenance burn. We like to say they’re manufactured for the budget-minded customer who doesn’t want to sacrifice quality. In other words, they’re easy on your stove and your wallet!

As always, you can call us at 1-800-PELLETS or visit www.woodpellets.com to see what brands are available in your area.

Got feedback on Homestead? Join the conversation here!

Arlene gives us 5 stars!

“5-star company! Excellent service from beginning to end! Good customer service, good choices, prices + great delivery service. Hopefully, I don’t ever need to complain about wet pellets as I did w/ other companies, but can be positive they would be replaced with you!”

-Arlene, new customer in 2011