Reason no.

1

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.

2

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.

3

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.

4

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.

5

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.

6

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.

7

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.

8

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

Provision with pellets
with pellets

More wood grows back than is consumed in Austrian forests. This is precisely why the compressed, little "energy ampoules" made from sawdust, a by-product of wood processing, have revolutionised heating so sustainably.

How secure is the pellet supply?

Wood is a regenerative raw material. European wood reserves grow by approx. 770 million m3 every year, of which only two thirds is felled at present. The pellet supply is therefore assured for the long term, even with increasing demand.

In 1997, Austrian pellet production capacity stood at only 5000 tonnes per year. By the end of 2012, this figure had increased to 1.35 million tonnes.

With forecast annual consumption of around 840,000 tonnes, Austria's pellet producers can therefore supply almost twice as many pellets as is actually required.

How secure is the fossil fuel supply?

Precarious in the long term! Because their stocks are assessable. They are becoming progressively scarcer with prices fluctuating wildly as a result and the security of supply more difficult, also due to political instability in the countries involved.

All these developments are reflected in the price, e.g. for fuel oil. Between January 2009 and January 2013, the price per litre for fuel oil almost doubled and now stands at around €1/litre. For households that could rely on this fuel until a few years ago, this situation is increasingly turning into a cost trap.

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