It’s easy to get confused about which energy source makes the most environmentally friendly, cost-effective method of heating your home. In the 60s and 70s it was oil, then attention turned to wood heating in the 80s, before moving to gas in the 90s and now electricity in the form of split system air conditioners.

It may interest you to learn that the Federal Government commissioned the CSIRO to conduct research on wood heating. The CSIRO determined that firewood produces less greenhouse gas than all other domestic heating options.

It turns out that the Australian Standards for wood heating are reviewed routinely, seeing a further 60 per cent reduction of emissions since the CSIRO research was conducted. This means modern wood heaters are much more environmentally friendly than they were in the 1980s.

The Deputy Chair of the Australian Home Heating Association (AHHA), Ashley Stride, said that Australia has the toughest standards in the world when it comes to its wood heaters.

“Millions of hard-working Australians rely on wood to heat their homes. Our industry on multiple occasions has provided suggestions to both Federal and State Governments that include buyback schemes to remove old units that aren’t up to the current emission standards, proposals that would actually make a difference to our environment. But they are yet to be supported.

“We encourage all Australians and politicians to do their research when it comes to wood heating, one of the most cost-efficient and greenhouse friendly heating options,” Ms Stride said.

Please visit to ensure your wood fire is up to date by set Australian standards, being fueled correctly, has been installed and maintained by an AHHA accredited service provider.

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