Wood burning and the environment

We know that many people have chosen wood burners for environmental reasons, and we know they are cosy and nostalgic, but we want to make sure everyone is aware of the pollution and health impact, and the best practice for avoiding and reducing that.  Wood burning is considered a carbon neutral heating source, because trees absorb carbon dioxide as they grow which neutralises the carbon dioxide […]

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Burning better

Use efficient appliances, such as DEFRA compliant exempt appliances or future EU Ecodesign 2022 appliances, and service and clean them regularly. ‘Burn Right‘ in your appliance, including not shutting off air or allowing the temperature to drop. Types of appliance Particulate matter pollution from domestic heating options: More polluting  Open fire Non-DEFRA exempt stove DEFRA exempt stove Ecodesign […]

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Burning cleaner

Use cleaner fuels on your stove and open fires, such as smokeless, authorised fuels or dry, well-seasoned ‘ready to burn’ wood with low moisture content. Types of fuel Particulate matter pollution from different solid fuels: More polluting  Coal Wet/green wood Low sulphur coal Dry wood Less polluting  Burning household waste in a wood burner or on bonfire is illegal. Garden waste should be composted or collected by your local council, as […]

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Fuel Poverty Awareness Day 2020

This winter is going to be tough for everyone, but particularly for those in fuel poverty. Fuel poverty is caused by a combination of low income, high energy costs and inefficient housing. Households in fuel poverty typically have other vulnerabilities such as old age, young children, ill-health and disability. This fuel poverty awareness day we […]

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Wood burning engagement launch

Southampton City Council, Eastleigh Borough Council, New Forest District Council and Winchester City Council are working in partnership to help residents improve air quality for their health, their community and the environment. This partnership will be working with local environmental charity the Environment Centre (tEC) to deliver an engagement programme around promoting cleaner burning in open fires, stoves and […]

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