The first cold in Italy, with a sharp drop in temperatures across the peninsula. With the reopening of the schools and the return to everyday life after the hot summer just passed, we need to start thinking about how to heat the house. This year will be a problem for many, given the incredible price increases. The gas and electricity bills will reach higher and higher figures, almost doubled compared to last year, with expenses of almost 3,500 euros per family. This is why many are thinking of switching to pellets. But is it really worth it, given the price increase? The short answer is yes, also because there are bonuses to be exploited to build the plants.
What is pellet, how it is produced and why it is considered sustainable
First of all, it must be said that pellets are certainly one of the most important choices green that is possible to do with regard to fossil fuels. It is obtained in fact from waste of the industrial processing of wood and from agricultural waste through a mechanical compression process. The result of this process are small cylinders with a diameter of about 7 millimeters.
Burning pellets for home heat is more environmentally friendly than most alternatives. Furthermore, the raw material is particularly convenient compared to diesel and methane. However, as long as you have systems with a flue of adequate size, choose a stove or a boiler with high efficiencywith maintenance constant, and certified and low humidity products. We have explained to you here because pellets are a green choice.
Is pellets still worthwhile despite the skyrocketing price?
Like other goods, energy and non-energy, pellets have also seen their price increase significantly in the course of 2022. A 15 kg bag has gone from costing on average between 3 and 5 euros to well 10 euros. The reasons for the price increases are numerous. The war in Ukraine has unleashed a domino effect on the entire supply chain.
The blocking of imports of timber from Russia and Belarus, le sanctions economic against Moscow and the reduction of exports from the Nordic countries to cope with the energy crisis have led to an increase in the costs of raw materials. Factories also spend today also the 50% more for its production, mainly due to the increases in the bill.
However, pellets remain an alternative cheap to gas and diesel, given that the price of these fuels is destined to increase further in the coming months, and it is not possible today to predict what will happen in the future and what figures it will reach.
Furthermore, despite initial fears, producers have reassured consumers that there will not be shortage of pellets in the shops during the autumn and winter seasons, despite a decrease in flows from Central and Northern European countries. There will therefore be no the feared shortage of pellets on the shelves, as announced here.
What are the bonuses pellet stoves and for which jobs they can be requested
The most important cost, however, is that of the appliances. It ranges from a minimum of 1,500 EUR for an air pellet stove to a minimum of 2,500 EUR for one with water. The plant can cost too 300 EUR, to which the possible construction of a flue must be added, where it is not possible, for example, to convert the existing one of the chimney. In this case, the expense can also be around 50 euro per square meter.
The State, however, provides various tools, known collectively as bonus stoves or bonus pellets, which allow the construction of new plants at subsidized costs. Let’s see what measures it is.
- I count thermal. The thermal account is provided by the GSE (Energy Services Manager). It encourages interventions to increase energy efficiency and the production of thermal energy from renewable sources. In this case, the intervention for biomass boilers and stoves concerns only the replacement of an existing system and not a new installation and covers up to 65% of the cost of the work.
- Ecobonus. The Ecobonus gives the right either to a refund of 65% up to a maximum of 30 thousand euros for energy redevelopment interventions for properties already registered in the land registry or with a registration procedure already started or to a refund of 50% up to a maximum of 96 thousand euros for building renovation works. In this case, the pellet stove must have an efficiency equal to or greater than 70%.
There are also gods bonus regional. The most important are those of the Lombardy Region, the Veneto Region and the Emilia Romagna Region. The amounts allocated and the requirements change in these territories, and it is good to consult in detail the calls on the sites and dedicated platforms to understand if it is possible to benefit from these additional local incentives. Better therefore to take advantage of it, since from 1 October comes a maxi sting in the bill for all Italians, as explained here.
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