What Makes Wood Pellets a Clean Alternative?

28 June 18  |  Fuel   |  

what makes wood pellets a clean alternative.jpgHeating your home, business or commercial location with wood pellets is a great alternative to cord wood, propane, and heating oil. What makes wood pellets a clean alternative? Learn more about the reasons you might want to heat your home with wood fuel pellets.

There are many reasons why you might want a clean alternative for heating your home, business or commercial location. Heating will wood pellets can help you reduce dependence on fossil fuels and can help reduce the amount of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. Close to one million homes in the United States rely on wood pellets for heat, according to the Pellet Fuels Institute (PFI). Learn more about what makes wood pellets a clean alternative.

Wood Pellets are Clean Burning

Not only are wood pellets clean for the environment, they are clean for your home. Unlike cord wood, wood pellets are bug free and bark free. Additionally, because wood pellets contain very little moisture and ash content, they burn with very little ash. This will make the task of cleaning out your pellet stove’s ash tray simple and clean.

Wood Pellets are Efficient

Wood pellets are made to release as much heat as possible when burned. According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), wood pellets are the most efficient solid fuel source available to consumers today. Wood pellets have a low moisture content.  Wood pellets offer about 9,000 BTU/lb, which creates an energy efficient fuel for heating your home, business or commercial site. High efficiency wood pellet stoves and boilers burn wood pellets around 95 percent combustion. Compared to burning firewood or cord wood, which burns at 70 to 80 percent combustion, wood pellets are an efficient choice.

Wood Pellets are Renewable

 According to information from the U.S. Department of Energy, renewable energy refers to energy that comes from sources that can be replenished during the span of a human lifetime. Because the resources can be replenished, they will never run out. When compared to finite resources like fossil fuels including oil, natural gas and coal, renewable energy is a clean alternative. Energy Pellets of America makes pellets from sustainable sources. Using wood energy pellets can also help reduce the amount of greenhouse gases in the environment. This can help combat global warming.

Wood Pellets are Recycled

Energy Pellets of America makes wood pellets from recycled wooden shipping pallets. This prevents waste from going into landfills and helps reduce the carbon footprint. Pallets that are broken and no longer useful in the shipping industry are used to make our wood energy pellets. Energy Pellets of America does not use chemically treated pallets in the pellets manufacturing process. This makes our recycled wood energy pellets 100 percent natural. The entire production and shipping process creates a wood pellet product that is accessible to consumers and is a renewable source of energy. This recycling process saves pallets from going into landfills and adds to the environmentally friendly notion of using wood pellets as fuel.

Wood Pellets are Convenient

wood pellets are a clean alternativeWood pellets are available by the bag or by the ton. Energy Pellets of America’s wood pellet delivery service makes it easy to have wood pellets delivered to your home, business or commercial site. Our distribution methods are streamlined and can reduce the carbon footprint. We take advantage of space on trucks already heading your way to deliver wood pellets. These convenient options make wood energy pellets a smart way to heat your home.

Wood Pellets are Biomass

According to information from the U.S. Energy Information Administration, biomass refers to organic material that comes from animals and plants and is used as a source of energy. If you burn biomass, the energy is released as heat. This means that if you burn wood pellets in your pellet stove, you are burning biomass. Wood pellets are an organic energy source and the energy is released as heat. This heat can be used to do things like heat a home or business or even power a generator. Biomass is carbon neutral. This means burning it leaves a net zero carbon footprint. Biomass offers clean energy. Minimal greenhouse gases like carbon dioxide and methane are produced and released into the environment by burning biomass. According to the EPA, the carbon dioxide created by burning biomass generally does not increase the levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere.

Wood Pellet Stoves Can be EPA Certified

Wood pellet stoves are part of what makes wood pellets a clean alternative. Many wood pellet stoves and appliances are certified by the EPA. This means they have been tested and deemed safe for the environment. The EPA can certify a variety of pellet-burning products, including:

  • Pellet stoves
  • Fireplace inserts
  • Masonry heaters
  • Hydronic heaters
  • Forced air furnaces

EPA certification means that the appliance or stove meets government clean air standards. Fewer particles are generated. This means fewer emissions. It is important to note that EPA certified and EPA qualified are different. EPA certified stoves have passed testing at a third party laboratory. EPA qualified means the stove has been found to meet EPA guidelines in voluntary tests.

Wood Pellets are Safe

Wood pellets are safe for use in your home and safe for the environment. Energy Pellets of America does not use chemically treated wood to make pellets. Additionally, we do not use any chemical binders in our pelletizing process. This means our pellets are 100 percent natural, without additives, and safe for use. Additionally, Energy Pellets of America meets all U.S. guidelines set by the PFI. Our pellets also meet European guidelines set by the ENPlus A1 for premium wood pellet fuel. Both sets of guidelines prohibit the use of chemically treated materials.

Ready to Get Started with Wood Pellets?

What makes wood pellets a clean alternative? You’ll find many reasons, many of which are outlined above, why wood pellets offer clean energy and heat. Wood pellets are a clean alternative to heating sources like cord wood, fuel oil and propane. Call Energy Pellets of America today at (937) 265-0676 to learn more about our pellets or place your order.