Thursday, January 3, 2008

Coal to heat your home?

Like many people living in New England, I try to reduce my heating bill by burning wood in my fireplace. With the insert, I can pretty much heat the entire downstairs portion of my home.

Since solar and wind power are not viable for my home, I thought coal might be an interesting option. Back in the day, my grandparents heated their home with coal. If prices for oil continue to climb, could coal make a comeback for heating our homes.

Probably Not:
1. Not environmentally friendly;
2. Transporting coal is expensive. Getting it to thousands of homes would be a nightmare;
3. I doubt many people would enjoy feeding the furnace.

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