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South East Wood Fuels Ltd

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Saving money through use of a wood fuel heating system

Wood fuel typically costs up 50% less than oil or liquid petroleum gas (LPG). See the chart and table below. If you heat with either of these it would not take long to make sizable dent in your ongoing heating bills.

Wood fuel is lower cost than fossil fuels, is locally sourced and can provide long term energy security. These savings together with the government’s renewable heat incentive will pay for the capital cost of a new heating system and contribute to the costs of extras like district heating pipework if you want to consolidate multiple gas or oil fired heating systems.

Earning income through wood fuel in partnership with the Renewable Heat Incentive

The government’s Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) scheme offers a 20-year index-linked payment for commercial and institutional organisations opting to shift away from oil, gas and electricity to renewable heat technologies such as wood pellet and wood chip boiler systems.

These technologies are being used successfully in hundreds of organisations across the UK. Modern wood heating integrates with your existing heating system but displaces expensive oil and gas to save fuel costs AND attracts a 20-year RHI tariff.

RHI tariffs for wood heating systems are currently up to 8.3p/kWh. With heating oil and Calor Gas costing 5 to 8p/kWh, these are attractive tariffs. Wood chip costs 2.5 to 3p/kWh and is the cheapest fuel in the UK. It can match gas prices in most cases. Wood pellet fuel costs 3.5 to 4.5p/kWh. Add these fuel savings to the RHI income and you have potentially a great business case to make the switch.

Providing a sustainable fuel option for your heating

Wood or ‘biomass’ is a sustainable fuel which provides heat, hot water and energy at both large and small scales. Moreover, woodfuel is considered to be ‘carbon lean’, meaning that each tree absorbs the same amount of carbon dioxide when growing as it releases when burned. It is only the minimal amounts of fossil fuel used in processing that makes it carbon ‘lean’ rather than carbon neutral.

When a woodland area is managed in a sustainable manner new tree growth absorbs atmospheric carbon dioxide, offsetting that released by the woodfuel. The overall contribution to atmospheric CO2 levels is minimal.

Fuel Price per unit kWh per unit pence per kWh
Wood chips (30% MC) £100 per tonne 3,500 kWh/t 2.9p/kWh
Wood pellets £200 per tonne 4,800 kWh/t 4.2p/kWh
Natural gas 4.8p/kWh 1 4.8p/kWh
Heating oil 60p per litre 10 kWh/ltr 6.0p/kWh
LPG 50p per litre 6.6 kWh/ltr 7.6p/kWh
Electricity 14.5p/kWh 1 14.5p/kWh
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