I need to preface this article by assuring readers that, contrary to what many people are saying, New York State is not considering passing legislation that would prohibit burning wood or woody biomass products (pellets, scrap wood, sawmill and forest residues) at this time. There is a draft-plan, however, in which the state Climate Action Council’s advisory panel sets out scenarios for an 85% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, with overall wood use decreasing within that time frame.
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The Heating Season is Coming and Heating Fuel Costs are High
It’s the time of year when North Country homeowners and renters start to think about and prepare for the upcoming heating season. The price of heating oil, propane, and natural gas all reached record highs earlier this year. And, what we’ll be paying for those fuels during the winter is anyone’s guess. The price will depend on many factors, including the weather, supply and demand locally and worldwide, and inflation. Whatever the cost, it’s apparent that high fuel prices aren’t going away. And that fuel prices are just one of several inflation pressures that everyone’s facing.
An upswing in woodstove use might sound yawn-worthy, but recent findings about the dire health effects of wood smoke might mean the long-term future of wood as a heating fuel is in question.
As someone who grew up with wood heat, I assumed it was hands-down one of the most sustainable, eco-positive fuels for home heating. Like many other widely shared conventions, it turns out the veracity of that assumption depends on a lot of things.
How many people burn wood in a given locale is an obvious factor. The number of homes using wood heat rose sharply in the years following the 1998 ice storm which left residents without power for weeks on end. Also no surprise, the COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated the use of wood heat.
NYSEG and RG&E would like to remind their customers that enrollment for New York’s Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP). Customers who feel they may need assistance this winter should act as soon as possible and determine their eligibility. The enrollment period for HEAP opened on November 2, according to the New York Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance (OTDA).
HEAP is for helping low-income people pay for the cost of heating their homes. Those eligible may receive one regular HEAP benefit per year, but may also be eligible for emergency benefits should they run out of fuel. Eligibility and benefits are based on a variety of factors, such as household size, what your primary heating source is, income, young children or seniors present, or permanent disabilities.
To find specific qualifications, or more information on how to apply to HEAP, click this link.
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