It's a fact. You CAN go green and save money! How? Biomass boilers burn wood and other sources of biomass without needing any fossil fuels. The fuel is saved from the landfill, and the savings that you see can be enormous. Using these devices for heating can make it much more cost effective for you, and offer environmental protection at the same time. Let's look at some facts.
Looking at this map of Canada, the green indicates the amount of land that is woodland. 41% of Canada is covered by trees. So wherever you live, wherever you are sitting right now exploring the potential of KOB biomass heating your business, it is highly likely that your source of wood fuel to burn is close by and more than you could possible use in your lifetime.
Energy Consumption Facts.
Stats Canada in 2005 released information relating to energy consumption between residential and commercial buildings. The results showed that 52% of energy consumption came from space heating. Lighting is 12% for a comparison.
Ceteris Paribus (All things being equal) a 40% reduction in the cost of energy for example from oil to wood biomass for 52% of your space heating requirements will make a much larger impact on your bottom line than changing light bulbs on 12% of your energy consumption.
If you refer to Fink Machine’s Fuel Cost Comparison Chart you will see for example at 2.50 cents/kWh in the left hand column and following the row across you will see the cost equivalent price that you should be paying for differing kinds of energy in their own unit values. So, if you are a consumer of propane you should be paying 17.8 cents/Litre for the same energy that you would get from a tonne of pellets costing $132.45. The red indicates ranges of costs of these common fuel types. When was the last time you heard of people buying propane for 18 cents a litre? 1980?
Being able to easily compare different units or measures of energy allows you to see exactly what you are spending compared to other fuels on the market at present.
The more energy you consume the faster the payback. The kind of energy you consume and your geographical location based for transportation of fuel/energy also needs to be taken into account.
Saving money using a KOB wood biomass plant depends on government grants available, the province or state Carbon Tax laws that may or may not exist, locating your fuel source, determining transportation and how often you will be using the boiler play into determining savings.
However, if you live on Vancouver Island where gas is $12.00 – $17.00 GJ (4.5 to 6.3 cents/kWh) or somewhere in BC that has only propane or oil for 60 – 90 cents/Litre (8.5 – 10.0 cents/kWh) with wood biomass as cheap as $40 tonne for green chips to premium pellets at $132.00 delivered (1.25 cents/kWh – 2.5 cents/kwh), it becomes easier to grasp the profit/savings potential of KOB CO neutral heat plants.