December already? Heat is a big deal this time of year, and according to a report by the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA), it’s likely to be quite expensive as well.
Oil prices have continued to increase in the Northeast, even more so than previous years. This year’s 33-cent price jump brings the cost of oil to $3.71/gallon.
Many consumers are thinking the same thing and primarily switching to gas. But switching from oil to gas doesn’t solve the underlying problem—prices are skyrocketing because we’re depending on limited, nonrenewable resources, where the price is controlled by someone other than us.
Currently, only four percent of the Northeast’s thermal energy comes from renewable, American-grown resources, like wood. Why such a low number?
Clearly there’s room and reason for change. WoodMaster has implemented some ways to help lower the cost of making the switch. Read about WoodMaster’s surprising affordability. Individual states are also offering many incentive programs for renewable heating, further helping to lower the cost of change.
An added benefit of growing the wood thermal heat market in the Northeast is the creation of new jobs. The Biomass Thermal Energy Council estimates over 140,000 jobs could be created as a result of a 25% penetration in the Northeast.
Steadily increasing oil and gas prices will eventually force everyone to make the switch to alternative, renewable energy sources. Why not stay ahead of the curve, enjoy some serious ROI on your heating investment and become energy independent now?