Energy Guide: No wood? No problem!

Written By: Lola Bamberger

As summer is coming to an end and holidays that call for cozying up next to a fireplace are creeping closer, it is important to remember that what you put into your fireplace finds its way back into the atmosphere.

Burning wood in a fireplace generates carbon monoxide, small debris, and other chemicals that create smog and cause health problems. These include breathing difficulties (asthma), lung inflammation, and pneumonia. But humans are not the only ones that face problems because of wood burning, the Earth is suffering too.

The release of carbon monoxide and other greenhouse gases into the atmosphere leads to global warming, and while burning one fire may not seem as if it’s making an impact the combination of all the fires during holiday season has a drastic effect. On top of that, deforestation leaves a lasting effect and is also a leading factor to global warming.

Luckily, there are plenty of eco-friendly alternatives to wood, the most popular being having a gas fireplace instead of a wood fireplace. This releases no debris, or greenhouse gases. Another alternative that doesn’t require installation is burning wood pellets. They are made from recycled sawdust and other wood particles that would have gone to landfill. The pellets are packed tighter than wood and release far less greenhouse gases.

I know the ambience of a house during the holiday season and at family events is imperative and a fireplace adds that mood, and the alternatives above allow for a health and eco-friendly way to keep your house feeling cozy.

Sources:

  1. https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/ecofriendly-fireplace-alternatives/

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