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Mud and Paul (and Andres) are keen to make an infographic about home heat choices.  Across the top will be types of heat.  And down the left side will be attributes/metrics.  With each metric will be a link to a thread that will act as a source for that row of information in the infographic.  Or, hopefully, a bit of a bibliography.  This thread is one of those threads.

Paul thinks that this work is so very critically important that he wanted to see if by starting these threads, the work can get started.  He very much hopes that you all will add to this effort so that we might be done in a tenth of the time than if it were just him and Mud working on it.


All of the metrics for all of infographic is focused on "average for Montana".  Keeping in mind that the average Montana home is 2000 square feet.

Here is the working thread of all the data collected: https://permies.com/wiki/204534/creating-heat-infographic

The row for this thread is Self sustaining / renewable and will contain data for the following types of heating systems:



Electric Baseboard - if the grid source is renewable




Mini Splits - if the grid source is renewable




In Ground Heat Pump - if the grid source is renewable




Central Natural Gas Furnace - no




Central Propane Furnace - no




Pellet Stove - requires renewable: woodlot AND pellet plant energy AND home energy




Wood Stove - when the woodlot is local and sustainably managed




Modern wood stove - when the woodlot is local and sustainably managed




Masonry Heater - when the woodlot is local and sustainably managed




Rocket Mass Heater - when the woodlot is local and sustainably managed

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Clarification please: does this refer to the energy source itself, or the heating device in situ?

If the latter, there is an urban/rural divide. In a dense urban environment, none of these get a "Yes" because they rely on complex transportation system to move the energy to them, or the energy to operate them.

In contrast, in a rural situation where fuel can be harvested locally, "Yes" applies to Wood Stove, Modern Wood Stove, Masonry Heater and Rocket Mass Heater.

Aside: When responding, is it preferable to copy all the categories and put a comment after each one?
 
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Douglas Alpenstock wrote:

Aside: When responding, is it preferable to copy all the categories and put a comment after each one?



Whatever way it's easy for you!

 
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Electric Baseboard--Dependent on the grid and whether the energy is sourced renewably




Mini Splits--Dependent on the grid and whether the energy is sourced renewably



In Ground Heat Pump--Dependent on the grid and whether the energy is sourced renewably




Central Natural Gas Furnace--No




Central Propane Furnace--No




Pellet Stove----Dependent on the grid and whether the energy is sourced renewably. Also the pellet biomass may or may not be produced regionally in a sustainable fashion.




Wood Stove--Quite self sustaining/renewable when the woodlot is local and well maintained.




Modern wood stove--Quite self sustaining/renewable when the woodlot is local and well maintained.




Masonry Heater--Quite self sustaining/renewable when the woodlot is local and well maintained.




Rocket Mass Heater--Quite self sustaining/renewable when the woodlot is local and well maintained.
 
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