Reason no.


Sustainable heating

Pellets are a renewable natural product and, unlike oil and uranium, they will still be available to future generations.

Conclusion: Wood pellets are future-proof!

Reason no.


Environmentally responsible heating

Pellet combustion is CO2-neutral. During the course of their growth, trees absorb CO2 that is released again during combustion – just like natural rotting in the forest.

Conclusion: Wood pellets are a CO2-neutral fuel!

Reason no.


Economical heating

The price comparison makes it clear: Wood pellets, the ecologically clean way to heat, are also economically attractive. Compared with fossil fuels such as fuel oil and natural gas, wood pellets are significantly cheaper. They are not only good for the environment, but also your wallet.

Conclusion: Wood pellets save money!

Reason no.


Resource-saving heating

No additional trees are felled to make pellets. Residual wood from wood processing is used for this purpose. Furthermore, more wood grows back in Austria and Europe every year than is taken out of the forests.

Conclusion: Wood pellets make optimum use of the raw material wood!

Reason no.


Independent heating

Pellets are a home-grown natural product. With wood pellets, you are independent of international crises and global developments.

Conclusion: Wood pellets are always available regionally!

Reason no.


Heating with regional fuel

When purchasing wood pellets, the added value remains in the country. This boosts the domestic economy and creates new jobs.

Conclusion: Wood pellets strengthen our economy!

Reason no.


Convenient heating

Pellets are extremely easy to handle. They can be delivered conveniently by lorry. Charging of the boiler takes place automatically by auger or vacuum suction system and operation of modern pellet boilers is completely maintenance-free.

Conclusion: Wood pellets are the convenient way to heat with wood!

Reason no.


Compact storage

Pellets require only half as much space as logs and only a quarter of that for wood chip. A year‘s supply for a modern detached house can be stored in an area of approx. 4 m².

Conclusion: Wood pellets are a genuine space miracle!
More information in the ÖkoFEN pellet lexicon

Facts & figures

No matter whether you heat with a pellet fireplace or a pellet central heating boiler, pellets are the by word for pleasant, environmentally responsible heat. And we would like to verify that here on a factual basis.

How much does heating with pellets cost?

Pellets are by far the cheapest energy source. In terms of their energy content, they cost up to 54.2 percent less than extra light fuel oil and 44.8 percent less than gas.

How long will a € 1,500 "heating stock" last?


Prices from October 2012: Extra light fuel oil 10.38 cents per kWh, pellets 4.76 cents per kWh.


Objects of comparison:

Heating systems with similar structural prerequisites and comfort.


Basis for calculation:

An average household with an annual energy requirement of 30,000 kWh. The calculation is based on so-called "heating degree days", i.e. the energy demand curve over the winter months. The cellar contains stocks of heating medium to the value of € 1,500. (electricity and gas are available from the mains).


Calculation example:

Electricity:                           until 4 December 2012

LPG:                                   until 26 December 2012

Extra light fuel oil:                until 30 December 2012

Gas:                                   until 30 January 2013

Pellets:                               until 11 March 2013

Source: APA OTS / proPellets Austria

How much does switching to pellets cost?

The most efficient way to save heating costs is to replace the existing oil boiler with a pellet boiler. You need to reckon with a total investment of approximately € 15,000. However, very attractive subsidies are available.

The pellet life cycle assessment

• Energy for drying pellets: approx. 12% of the pellet energy content (using biomass)
• Electricity required for pelleting: approx. 2% of the pellet energy content
• Transport to customer (100 km): approx. 1% of the pellet energy content
• CO2 saving compared with oil heating: 97%

The natural growth of the pellet boiler

Pellet boilers are recording strong growth in all Austrian states. Here are a few figures from the annual survey of the Lower Austrian Chamber of Commerce, Herbert Hander.


  • At the end of 2011, almost 90,000 pellet boilers throughout Austria were used for heating (< 100 kW).
  • When records were first kept in 1997, this figure was exactly 425
  • 10,400 pellet boilers were installed in 2011, representing growth of 13 percent

Worldwide pellet figures

• Worldwide production 2010: 14 million tonnes
• Production in the EU: 9 million tonnes
• Austria is the third-largest pellet producer in the EU


Stimulated by sunlight, trees produce oxygen essential for life. On subsequent combustion, CO2 emissions are just as low as those for natural rotting in the forest. The sensitive equilibrium of the CO2 cycle is preserved by heating with wood.

© ÖkoFEN 2012

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