Can you believe it?! Winter is coming. Time is sure flying fast these days. It’s time to start getting our fireplaces and stoves cleaned up and ready to go. A friend of ours has already started a fire in her wood insert. She had her chimney cleaned and inspected back in the spring.

Insurance companies require that you have your fireplace inspected and cleaned on an annual basis. So, if you did not have the time to get that done at the end of the last burn season, now is the time! We sure do hate to hear about people who had a flue fire. Your home and family is precious to you and to us, so give us a call, and we’ll get you scheduled.



1) Clean the Air, Inside and Out

All of the newest wood stoves are certified to strict EPA standards that cut emissions, both inside and outside, by more than 70% compared to uncertified stoves.
Natural gas and propane-fueled stoves and fireplaces are also some of the cleanest burning fuel options available.
Phase 2 certified outdoor wood hydronic heaters, units that burn wood or pellets to provide heat and hot water to homes, are 90% cleaner than unqualified models.
2) Purchase the Most Efficient Product

Most fireplace and stove products are efficiency-rated and assigned a score between zero and 100. Look for the highest efficiency rating — a higher score means the product can burn less fuel but still heat efficiently and effectively.

3) Heat in the Zone

People regularly use less than 40% of their home and using a fireplace, stove or insert to warm the rooms used most (zone heating) allows families to heat more efficiently by turning down their central thermostat, which also saves money — potentially 20-40% of their fuel bill.
4) Explore Renewable Fuels

Many of today’s stoves, fireplaces and inserts are engineered to burn biomass. These fuels are derived from renewable and sustainable sources such as wood, pellets, corn, and other alternatives.
5) Burn Wood Wisely

Although today’s fireplaces and stoves are cleaner than their older counterparts, using a newer product is only half the battle.
Burn Wood Responsibly: Don’t burn trash or plastics, use only the recommended fuel for the product you have.
Maintain your properly installed product: To ensure a product’s efficiency, consumers need to have their product properly installed and maintained.
1) Take Advantage of the Stimulus Package

If you don’t have a fireplace or stove or want to upgrade the one you have, the recently- passed Economic Stimulus bill includes a 30% tax credit (up to $1,500) for the purchase of a 75%-efficient biomass-burning stove (details on which stoves qualify are expected soon from the IRS).
2) Do the Math and Compare Costs

As the cost of heating oil and natural gas rise, using an energy-efficient wood or pellet stove combined with the tax credit could help you save money. You be the judge: apply our user-friendly calculator to compare the costs of burning different fuels.

3) Keep Heat Inside Your Home

No matter the product, it is important to keep heat within your home. Make sure that seals around windows and doors are tight and that your house is properly insulated.


See full size imageWell, it looks like Spring has finally sprung!!  This warmer weather encourages us all to step outside and enjoy the sun. Oh, how we have missed that beautiful, golden piece of our universe. As winter wraps up, along with it comes responsibilities. Campbell’s Stoves is certified by the Fireplace Institute to clean and inspect your fireplace/stove and chimney/pipe. We are working hard for our clients to assist them in getting ready for the next burn season. So, call today to book your appointment, 1-866-590-6515. Then, you can sit back and relax, or just get started on all that yard work!!

The Boston Globe

After a year’s worth of haggling with the state’s utility companies, Massachusetts officials yesterday unveiled a set of ambitious energy efficiency standards that some say are unequaled in the nation.

To meet the new standards – a 2.4 percent reduction in electricity use across the state, and a 1.15 percent reduction in natural gas use – the state’s utilities will invest approximately $2.2 billion in expanding efficiency measures like home energy audits, weatherization, and rebates for home appliances, over three years.

The aim is to triple the number of consumers in Massachusetts who make improvements to their homes to reduce their energy use. The money, much of it expected to go toward incentives for utility customers, will come from a combination of sources: third-party financing, revenue from the state’s participation in carbon credit auctions, an existing energy efficiency charge on utility bills, and a modest increase in rates for customers.

Officials say they expect those costs to be offset by roughly $6 billion in efficiency-related savings over the life of the program.

Geothermal Energy

What is geothermal energy?

Well, consider the word geothermal. Geo means earth and thermal means heat. So geothermal is earth heat. Geothermal energy is a form of renewable energy derived from deep in the earth’s crust. For every 328 feet below ground, the temperature increases 5.4 degrees fahrenheit. This is a renewable energy source, simply because, the water is replenished by rainfall, and the heat is continuosly produced by the earth.

Geothermal energy is utilized in 3 technological catagories:                      

  • Heating and cooling buildings via geothermal heat pumps
  • Heating structures with direct use applications
  • Generating electricity thru indirect use.

A common way geothermal energy is obtained is through tapping into geothermal sites, also called geothermal springs. These are geologically active places where the water seeps into the Earth’s crust and is heated by the Earth’s interior, rising to the surface as steam.

How do geothermal heat pumps work?

In winter, the geothermal heat pump, pumps heat from the earth into your home. In summer, it pumps heat from your home into the earth. Earth’s constant temperature contributes to the efficiency of the geothermal heat pump.

What are the pros and cons  of a geothermal heat pump?

Well, honestly, the only con I could find was the start up cost. The unit itself is a bit costly, but it’s the drilling into the earth that will affect your wallet. So why spend so much money on this? The pros are outstanding. Since you are letting the earths heat, warm your home it will save you money. Most people see a return on their investment in 5 to 10 years. How is this possible? A geothermal heat pump uses 70% of it’s renewable energy from the ground. It will save you 30 – 40% on energy bills. Since the more expensive parts of this unit are protected by the earth, there are less repairs, making this a very reliable aternative energy resource. Not only does it provide 100%  of your home heat sorce, it also heats your water supply as well as providing air conditioning.  No additional use of oil, natural gas, or any other fossil fuel is used. It is environmentally friendly since the emissions are very low.

Just a little note: We at Campbell’s Stoves do not service, sell, or install gethermal heat pumps. Since this blog is about alternative energy sources, we thought it deserved a discussion. Please leave us a comment and let us know what you are thinking.

Sources:            consumerenergycenter.org                 our-energy.com

Feeding the Fire

Don’t discount firewood as renewable energy source

By Jim Redden

The Portland Tribune, Jan 14, 2010

In our rush to develop renewable energy sources, are we overlooking an old-fashioned standby — firewood?

In recent years a great deal of attention has been paid to solar panels and wind turbines. But firewood is also a sustainable source of energy, says Mark Havel, a local engineer who owns 25 acres of forest land.

“Forests can and should be operated sustainably,” says Havel, whose family . . . . read more

Carbon monoxide — odorless, colorless and tasteless — is a deadly hazard all year round, but it becomes a particular threat during cold weather, when space heaters, furnaces and stoves become the must-have appliances.

All fuel-burning equipment and appliances create the risk for carbon monoxide, including water heaters, gas furnaces, wood and gas fireplaces, generators and automobile engines.

At its mildest, carbon monoxide poisoning can feel a little like the flu, causing headaches, dizziness, exhaustion, confusion, fainting and vomiting.

But at its worst, exposure to carbon monoxide . . . . . read more