Pellets at work in BC

Gordon Murray, WPAC
December 05, 2017
Written by Gordon Murray, WPAC
Dec. 5, 2017 - I live in Revelstoke, a community of about 7,200 people nestled in the Columbia Mountains of southwest British Columbia. Due to our low population and surrounding mountainous terrain, Revelstoke is not served by natural gas. The most common home heating energy sources are propane, electricity, wood pellets and heating oil.

I recently installed a new 35,000 BTU wood pellet stove on the main floor of my 1,800 square foot house. Although I have propane and electric backup, my pellet stove heats my entire house. The stove and chimney liner cost $4,734 including tax and I paid a WETT-certified technician $650 for installation; total cost, tax included was $5,384. | READ MORE


0 #1 John Christie 2018-03-14 12:03
Gordon - You identify a large opportunity I think in your comments about the affordability - its a big sum for low income earners even if its a fair payback and environmentally beneficial. A few of things could significantly help the low income buyer
1. Monetize the carbon credits to the benefit of the buyer. I The credits will go on for a long time.
2. Carbon tax avoidance - its avoidance benefit will increase significantly as the tax goes up to $50/TCO2e.
3. Most impactful would be an energy company that supplies the wood pellets at equivalent to the previous fuel price per GJ (no savings to buyer until furnace is paid for) with the difference going to pay down the loan on the furnace... .
Thanks again for another great article Gordan. Keep them coming!!

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