An interesting discussion to be sure. I live in B.C. where it is currently a beautiful sunny day where no heat is required. I remember, with some pleasure, the days when I lived " off the grid", using wood for heating and hot water. After five years, I hooked up to the grid. My pioneer days were over.
Wood heating is great - for some people. But imagine if all the people who live in climates where heating their home was necesaary had to use wood. Burning wood pollutes, both in and outside your house. While a few people burning wood produces a lovely aroma in the neighbourhood, millions of wood burning stoves wood just simply pollute the air.
Oh, and where would all this wood come from? From the forests that are currently being destroyed at an alarming rate so that the over-consuming world can over package products that are advertised in mostly unread flyers that show up in mailboxes each day?
Here's a thought. In La Manzanilla, where we use fossil fuels to heat water and power our homes, we could use the sun, which shines almost every day. By feeding solar power back INTO THE GRID, we could use a totally clean source of power. Of course it's not cheap to do so ....... about $12,000. But then again, price out the cost of going to wood heat, with a wood-burning kitchen range, water boilers, wood-fired furnace, not to mention the cost of whatever alternative method of powering lights, electronics, telephones, etc.
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