Heating your home with a Pacific Energy Woodstove or insert means choosing a green home heating solution.
Since 1978 Wood heat science, and the concept of environmental responsibility, has been an essential part of Pacific Energys product development.
In the 1980s, Pacific Energy perfected the secondary burn system and became a recognized leader in clean burn technology. Improving environmental performance and energy efficiency has continued to be Pacific Energys primary focus. Leading the industry just came naturally.
Cut greenhouse gas emissions and save money at the same time
Firewood is a renewable energy resource like wind, solar and hydroelectric power. To meet the challenge of global warming, we’ll need to use more renewables and less oil, gas and coal in the future. Heating with wood can be a part of the solution, provided the wood is burned efficiently. Fortunately, that is not hard to do these days.
Because new trees grow to replace those that die or are harvested, the burning of wood does not contribute to global warming and climate change the way the fossil fuels do. When oil, gas and coal are burned, the carbon they contain (which was buried millions of years ago) is oxidized to carbon dioxide (CO2), the main greenhouse gas. The use of fossil fuels releases ancient carbon, increasing the atmospheric concentration of CO2.
Wood also releases carbon when burned but its use is almost carbon neutral because trees absorb CO2 as they grow. When trees fall in the forest and decompose they release the same amount of CO2 as if they were burned. In other words, rotting is slow oxidation, whereas combustion in a wood stove is fast oxidation, with heat as the main by-product. When considered over the normal tree life cycle of about fifty years, heating with wood can be considered almost CO2 neutral, except for the energy used to harvest, process and transport the firewood.