We've attached a link to great article with a comprehensive overview of everything to do with climate change and the future of energy in Northern Ireland, including what's likely to happen to your oil and gas boilers and if these fossil fuels are likely to be replaced by hydrogen. The article is featured on the Energy Saving Trust website and we would urge anyone interested in these topics to read it, especially when it comes to trying to understand the fundamental differences between the two competing NI Climate Change Bills. We certainly learned a lot.
By the way the NI assembly is in summer recess until the 5th of September, so nothing will be happening with the two Bills until then but at least if you read this article you'll know what our politicians are arguing about. There's lots of useful background information to other aspects of Northern Ireland's unique energy context too. NI's extensive rural areas, poor gas network, dependency on oil for heating (some 68% of homes), fuel poverty (22% of homes) and over-reliance on personal vehicles are all areas that present real challenges. However, NI's strong renewable energy potential also offers great opportunities to cut carbon emissions. We would also add that a wood burning stove also has an important part to play in the low carbon home and doing your bit for climate change as well as helping to mitigate the effects of fuel poverty.
With the current crippling energy prices many of us are going to have to rely more and more on our stoves and, if we haven't got a stove, our open fires. There's going to be a real temptation therefore to burn whatever we can lay our hands on rather than pay out for kiln dried or seasoned wood and smokeless coal. After all it's free fuel, isn't it? ...more
Please don’t. Instead, if you can, think seriously about installing one of the new breed of highly efficient, low emissions Ecodesign stoves. One of these will make your fuel go up to four times further than an open fire as well as save you serious money, both on the cost of your fuel, and also on how much you will need to use your gas or oil-fired central heating… read more
According to The Sun today we're heading for especially sunny weather during this coming extra long Jubilee Bank Holiday weekend and that's when the barbecue season will well and truly kick off. Eating al fresco with friends and family when the sun is shining is one of life's great pleasures and it's all the better when the food is good too. At The Stove Yard we're ready and waiting with some of the very best barbecues and grills for those of you who are planning to upgrade their old grill and who want to take their outdoor cooking to another level... read more