There is nothing you can do about winter. It was around long before you came to this planet and that will continue to be the case long after you are gone. The only thing you can really do is protect yourself from the cold that comes with this season.
Different homes use different heating systems during winter, but the most popular fuels are natural gas and oil. It is common knowledge that the prices of these two commodities are on the rise. As a result, it might be necessary to make the switch to alternative heating sources. Here's some information that will help you make the right decisions as you journey down that path.
Understanding the Available Options
There are quite a number of options that you will have once you decide to shift from the two aforementioned fuel sources. Here are some of them.
Wood Pellet Stoves
If you are keen on environmental conservation (as everyone should), then you should seriously consider getting a wood pellet stove. As the name suggests, wood pellets is the fuel source. If you are wondering how burning wood amounts to conserving the environment, here's the explanation. These pellets aren't made from pure wood i.e. logs instead they are products of wood waste. The waste being referred to here is the stuff that you would expect to find on construction sites among other areas.
Still on the issue of eco-friendliness, wood pellets produce good clean heat. You, therefore, don't have to worry too much about the issue of carbon emissions when you use them. Do bear in mind, however, that electricity is required to run these stoves meaning that if there's an outage, you will be left in the cold.
The amount of energy that the sun dumps on planet earth in one day is enough to cover all our energy needs for years. The sad reality, however, is that humans haven't taken full advantage of this free commodity. Solar heating has been around for years. Basically, how it works is that energy from the sun is used to heat water or air. These are then passed through ducts installed inside a building consequently heating it up.
Using a coal stove and coal bunkers to heat your home will definitely get the job done but at a cost. You see, coal being a fossil fuel releases a wide range of carbon-based toxins when burnt.
Examples of such include carbon monoxide and carbon dioxide. While modern coal stoves are designed to somewhat mitigate this risk, one cannot completely rule out the possibility of the two gases finding their way into the living environment. The risks associated with inhaling emissions from coal stoves include asthma and other respiratory conditions. To say the least, this is not the best alternative way to heat your home.
Ask Important Questions
Before settling for any alternative heating system, you need to ask yourself a number of questions including
What's the environmental impact?
Has it been approved?
What are some of the safety features it has?
How efficient is it?