According to the government’s “reasonable worst-case scenario”, a four-day contingency plan in January will involve a four-day period of power cuts and blackouts amid the electricity shortfall as costs soar. The plans would mean industries and households would be without power during the period due to below-average temperatures and reduced electricity imports from Norway in a bid to conserve gas.
But during this period, households with wood-burning stoves can still get warm, while those stuck with gas boilers can freeze.
While wood stoves are classified as space heaters that can comfortably heat the rooms in which they are installed.
They also provide radiant heat to other rooms in the house, reducing the need for gas and electric heating.
According to Erica Malkin of the Stove Industry Alliance (SIA), wood stoves “would allow people to heat their homes”.
“A wood-burning stove is totally independent of everything. You wouldn’t be without heat if there were to be this situation.
“I remember reading stories of people during last year’s storms in Northumberland and Scotland who said they didn’t know how they would have done without their wood-burning stove because it was their only form heat during the coldest months of the year.
“It is quite destabilizing for consumers. Energy prices are already quite low, but to think that electricity could also be cut.”
As well as keeping the house warm when the electricity is out, wood-burning stoves also cost about a third of the price of electric heat and about 13% less than gas central heating for the average household, according to the SIA.
SIA Chairman Andy Hill said: “As energy bills spiral and awareness grows of the shortcomings of grid dependency during severe winter weather causing long power outages, a stove wood burning stove offers a reliable and affordable way to keep warm. our houses.
“A modern wood-burning stove costs around a third of the price of electric heating and around 13% less than gas central heating for an average household.
“These savings are expected to increase further when the next energy price cap increase is introduced this fall.”
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