On March 22nd, 2018, the world celebrates Earth Day, a day to remember the earth and what it does for us. The intention of course is for people to be more aware of the earth, its resources and how we manage them.
Oddly enough in Ontario our government has positioned itself with a so called green alternative, which is costing the consumers a huge amount for electrical bills. However, despite that they have really not moved anywhere near a green sustainable energy supply. In fact it has changed little, with between 2/3 and 3/4 of all daily electricity being produced by nuclear generation. This followed by water generation – which is of course one of the more green energy sources we have. Then 3rd is often gas generation but sometimes it is wind for periods of time – problem being wind does not blow all the time! Way down the list at less than 1% contribution is the solar!.. yes less than 1% of generation is solar. Further to this – the solar and wind has to be backed up 100% – often by gas – for those times when the sun is behind clouds, at night or when the wind is not blowing much. Oh well.. politicians like to make it sound good.
But what about wood? Well realistically for the mass wood is not a solution, but if you live in an area where it is available at a good cost then it is a very attractive alternative. In fact wood is more “green” than natural gas, more “green” than fuel oil or any of the other fossil fuels. Wood is in fact near net zero contribution to the environment, the tree absorbs carbon (a carbon sink) and then releases the same carbon when burned. This is the same that would happen naturally when the tree decayed. Now the downside is if you burn dirty – you stove and chimney must be maintained and cleaned! And a more modern stove is also beneficial – as older stoves, while not producing necessarily a lot more carbon can produce particulate matter in the atmosphere which is not good! Call a Certified Chimney Sweep.. and get your stove maintained and cleaned today!