Even if you don’t believe in investing in technologies to “save our planet,” most business owners can get behind a smart financial investment—regardless of any connotations, political or otherwise. Here are some of the benefits associated with making the switch to a commercial biomass boiler:
1. Tax credits: Regardless of how you personally view the problem of climate change, it’s hard to argue with tax incentives for your business. In fact, new biomass systems with high-efficiency ratings will be offered a 30% tax credit capped at $2,000 as of the first of January in 2023! Isn’t it refreshing to find new ways to save on taxes?
2. Low cost of fuel: Just because high-tech biomass boilers happen to be a “newer” technology doesn’t mean the fuel for them is expensive. In fact, a common fuel for many biomass boilers is wood waste products—which can cost as much as natural gas, or even less. This low-cost fuel would otherwise be destined for the landfill and does not have to be painstakingly harvested like other fossil fuel resources.
3. High efficiency: Wood chip boilers nowadays usually offer an efficiency level of 80% or more—with new technology developing every year for better ways to harness this energy. This puts them about on pace with regular, fossil-fuel-powered boilers, which tend to operate at around 90% efficiency. This means you are spending less on fuel over time while keeping your energy bills as low as possible!
4. Serves two functions: Wood pellet biomass boilers not only space heat your home or business, but they can also double as a hot water heater. This can save you from installing redundant hardware or energy systems by covering two basic human needs at once.
5. Self-sufficiency and independence: It’s not necessarily a bad thing to rely on existing electricity infrastructure to power your home or business—however, garnering your own energy can protect you in the event of an emergency or natural disaster while also providing a sense of autonomy and capability as well. That way, if the larger system goes down, you still have heat and fuel to keep life moving forward—and even keep the doors of your business open longer.
6. Relatively simple maintenance needs: While there are some amazingly mechanized boiler systems out there, fortunately, they tend to require little weekly maintenance from the home or business owner. Typically, all that is needed is for the property owner to sweep out the ashy byproducts of the combustion process, provide a quick clean to the unit, and refill the wood chip hopper to keep things running at peak efficiency.
7. Neutral ecological impact: If you are interested in conserving natural resources and leaving behind a habitable planet for our children, biomass boilers come with the added perk of being carbon neutral. Fewer carbon emissions mean a cleaner atmosphere in the present while setting future generations up for the best lifestyle possible.