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If your finances are already tight, winter heating costs can be a real headache. Traditionally October 1st is considered "central heating day" - the first day when people turn on their central heating for the winter.
An electric aga can make good use of cheap electricity tarrifs. They have high thermal mass and can release their stored warmth over many hours.
How would your family cope if a disaster affected your energy supply or local infrastructure? Could you stay warm, safe and fed? Having a stove in your home is the perfect backup... heating that isn't dependent on the grid and you can even cook on the top.
Learn how you can help get your neighbourhood back on it's feet after a super storm. If you have a chainsaw get out there and help clear roads and driveways.
You might even get some free firewood too.
Share your storm stories here...
Wood chips would make an incredibly appealing fuel for domestic use if various practical limitations could be overcome. Wood chips can often be sourced for free from local tree surgeon and council work crews. Large commercial power stations already process wood chip, along with other biofuels...
Home heating with wood is a tricky business. Unless you already have a wood stove you are unlikely to have spent much time thinking about how heat moves around your home. Traditional home heating systems...