Unplugged Energy Independence

Homeowners Investing in Energy-efficiency

Posted by Kelsey Gagner on Mon,Apr 09,2012 @ 02:35 PM

According to a recent survey conducted by Harris Interactive, 61% of homeowners say they are unaware of any current tax rebates and/or incentives for energy-efficient home upgrades in their area.

If you are in this category, there are many resources available to help you out.  One of the best we have found is DSIRE.

DSIRE is a comprehensive source of information on state, local, utility and federal incentives and policies that promote renewable energy and energy efficiency.  Established in 1995 and funded by the U.S. Department of Energy, DSIRE is an ongoing project of the N.C. Solar Center and Interstate Renewable Energy Council.

With two easy ways to search for incentives in your area, this site is very user-friendly. 

Go to http://www.dsireusa.org/ and use one of the following two options to find incentives in your area:

    1. Click on your state.  A list of incentives for your state will be brought up.

    1. Click on the ‘Search DSIRE’ box and fill in the information that pertains to you and a list of the incentives available will be brought up.


 To find a WoodMaster dealer near you check out our dealer locator.

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EPA: Why it matters to you, Vol. 1

Posted by Kelsey Gagner on Wed,Sep 28,2011 @ 11:16 AM

Together let’s keep our resources clean, safeEPA: what’s that?

The EPA has been around for 31 years now, and we’ve all heard it mentioned a time or two, but what is it exactly? Born in 1970, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) aimed to “consolidate in one agency a variety of federal research, monitoring, standard-setting and enforcement activities to ensure environmental protection.”

From the start, EPA acted primarily as the nation’s environmental watchdog, ensuring that industries met legal requirements to control pollution. Later, EPA developed theory, tools and practices which allowed them to not only control pollution, but also prevent it from happening.

Today, EPA aims to “make sustainability the next level of environmental protection by drawing on advances in science and technology to protect human health and the environment, and promoting innovative green business practices.”

WoodMaster is EPA-savvy.

For hundreds of years, Americans have burned wood as a primary source of heat. Even though it’s the cleanest way to produce heat, burning wood does still affect the carbon footprint. Through the Hearth, Patio and Barbeque Association (HPBA), WoodMaster works closely with EPA on new testing standards and with state and local governments on appropriate regulations to encourage cleaner burning outdoor furnaces. WoodMaster and other responsible manufacturers are ensuring furnaces are properly installed to produce clean, safe heat.

Often thought of as a regulatory agency, the EPA enforces legislation pertaining to the American environment. Any potentially pollutant-emitting industry is subject to EPA regulation and inspection, and myriad industries work with the EPA to maintain high environmental standards. At WoodMaster, we fit into this category.

Measures like the Clean Air Act, Burn Wise Program and Outdoor Wood-fired Hydronic Heater Program are all EPA-enforced. WoodMaster products must meet the strict emission standards and offer consumers industry-leading efficiency. So, for us, staying updated on EPA standards and regularly testing products are important.

Picturing the future

Clean air. Clean water. Safe places to live and work. A beautiful natural environment. The EPA works to reduce overall pollution and unsafe practices in the U.S. so that future generations can continue to enjoy these luxuries.

‘EPA: Why it matters to you’ will be a continual series on Unplugged. Our goal is to teach you about the ‘who, what and why’ of EPA, how to make ‘cents’ of all the information out there and help you reach energy independency. 

 Up next: learn what it means to become EPA-Qualified.

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Clean burn, healthy planet

Posted by Kelsey Gagner on Mon,Aug 22,2011 @ 11:19 AM

Forest photo from sxc.huIf burning through your budget isn’t reason enough to switch, consider the environmental benefits of heating with an outdoor wood-burning furnace.

Burning wood is carbon neutral. Though it does release some carbon dioxide into the earth’s atmosphere, the amount released is equal to the amount trees absorb as they grow. Compared to fossil fuels, wood’s balanced carbon exchange is impressive. Fossil fuels have no way of counter-balancing the gas production. Wood is naturally carbon neutral.

Wood is also renewable. As fossil fuels’ carbon footprint grows, our stock of them shrinks. When we run out of oil, coal and natural gas, they’ll be gone. Forever. Wood, however, is completely renewable. That’s right, you can’t grow oil. But you can sure grow trees. Right here in America. Beautiful.

Since WoodMaster furnaces burn so efficiently, the time it takes to grow a tree is fast enough to replace the tree that was cut down for use in a furnace. This means your WoodMaster furnace keeps your home warm and your property lined with trees.

WoodMaster furnaces burn cleanly. Compared to the 7.5 grams per hour of carbon emissions produced by an indoor wood stove, a WoodMaster pellet furnace emits just 1.2 grams per hour of carbon. That’s a considerable difference.

We hope this is clear: WoodMaster furnaces take it easy on your wallet and our world. Now that’s something worth sharing.

Did you switch your home heat source to an outdoor wood furnace because of its environmental advantages? Please, do tell.

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