WITH winter well on the way and electricity bills continuing to increase, local residents are urged to consider returning to combustion style heating.
In particular, Pellet Fires Tasmania owner Rob Douglas recommended the use of pellet heaters, which “provided the warmth of a wood heater, but with the convenience of a gas heater.”
“Many people tell us that heat pumps just don’t provide the degree of comfort they want and that they are looking for alternatives,” he said.
“A pellet heater creates warmth by burning small wood pellets, which are manufactured in Tasmania and made from sawdust – a recycled by-product of sawmills.
“Pellet heaters are clean burning, virtually smoke free and controlled by a thermostat that contains a programmable timer to automatically turn them on and off.
“Sales for pellet heating has skyrocketed as a result of last year’s energy crisis and has become the preferred choice for people who cannot get natural gas or do not want to manage a wood heater.”
Mr Douglas said it costs around $660 per winter to heat a typical Tasmanian home using pellet heating.
“Tasmanian-made pellet fuel sells for $10 per 15-kilogram bag in Hobart, which equates to less than 0.13 cents per kilowatt hour of heating energy, making it the cheapest domestic heating available today,” he said.
“One tonne of pellets equals more than four tonnes of firewood and with a 15-kilogram bag of pellets burning for up to 28-hours, pellets are a very cost-effective heat source.”
Tasmania currently has the largest range of pellet heaters in the country, with more than 16 models to choose from and a range of hydronic pellet heaters for central heating.
Pellet Fires Tasmania has showrooms and fuel depots in Hobart, Ulverstone and Launceston to ensure statewide fuel distribution and customer service.
A rebate of $25 per kilowatt of maximum heat output is also available for all new pellet heaters installed by Pellet Fires Tasmania.
For more information, visit www.pellet.com.au.