Up in Smoke: How to Save Money with a Smart, High Efficiency Wood Stove
There are lots of ways to save money on energy. You can upgrade to new light bulbs, buy more efficient appliances, or unplug your gadgets when you leave the room. But none of these savings compare to the money you spend on heating your home and the money you could save by switching to a high efficiency wood stove. A little less than half of America’s residential energy consumption goes to home heating and it’s a good bet that your money is going up in smoke without an energy efficient wood stove.
Many wood stove users I have talked to stressed that saving money is a part of why they switched to wood heating. That’s no real surprise. A typical wood stove user can spend half as much on heating as users of heating oil, propane, or electricity. But that isn’t to say a traditional wood stove is an energy efficient wood stove. In laboratory testing, older wood stoves rarely earn marks above 50%. That means that in carefully controlled conditions, half of the wood’s energy goes up in smoke.
In the real world the situation is even worse. Without an incredibly experienced user and constant adjusting, traditional wood stoves tend to overheat rooms, wasting wood and making you less comfortable.
Introducing a smart, high efficiency wood stove
Catalyst does something a little different. Unlike traditional wood stoves, Catalyst lets you set your room temperature with the Catalyst Smart App, and then works to maintain it. Even better, Catalyst is constantly learning using smart stove technology. Because no two homes are alike, we built the Catalyst Smart App to learn from your previous burns and adjust itself to better maintain your ideal temperature. As a result, Catalyst is a high efficiency wood stove. No wood is wasted on heat you don’t need, and you stay comfortable.
Research on similar thermostats for other heat sources estimate that switching to a programmable thermostat can provide up to a 30% energy savings over more manual control methods. Learning thermostats, like the Catalyst Smart App, do even better, providing additional gains of about 20% over their non-learning counterparts. The Catalyst has the ability to get every bit of energy out of every piece of wood using smart stove technology, which is why the Catalyst is truly a high efficiency wood stove.
Translating efficiency into savings with Smart Stove Technology
What does that mean for you? With Catalyst’s impressive laboratory efficiency of 70%, and an estimated smart efficiency saving of an additional 20%, Catalyst uses only about half as much wood as a traditional wood stove. Even when compared to other top energy efficient wood stoves, Catalyst uses smart stove technology to help you use 20% less wood each winter. For a typical wood stove user, that amounts to savings of between $160 and $400 each and every year. If you want to save hundreds of dollars a year on wood and get the maximum comfort from your stove, check out our Catalyst smart, energy efficient wood stove today. We think that’s pretty smart and a lot more fun than swapping out that light bulb.
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Taylor Myers is the CTO of MF Fire.
 U.S. Energy Information Administration, Residential Energy Consumption Survey, http://www.eia.gov/consumption/residential/data/2009/index.php?view=consumption
 U.S. Energy Information Administration, Average Consumer Prices and Expenditures for Heating Fuels During the Winter, http://www.eia.gov/outlooks/steo/tables/pdf/wf-table.pdf
 Nest, Energy Savings White Paper, https://nest.com/downloads/press/documents/energy-savings-white-paper.pdf