Where I live, January is typically the coldest month of the year. We’ve just come out of January, but February is shaping up to be cold as well. There is nothing I enjoy more on a cold day than curling up by a fire, with a warm blanket and some hot cocoa. A good book or movie doesn’t hurt either. My current home does not have a fireplace or stove, and it makes me sad. I am always looking for reasons to justify purchasing a free standing fireplace, also known as a stove. I grew up with a wood burning fireplace, which is now a gas fireplace. It doesn’t really matter to me, as long as it has a flame and warmth.
I just filed my taxes last week, and everytime I get a new tax return, I think of ways to spend it. Trust me, it’s not hard! One of these next couple of returns will have to get me a fireplace of some sort. Upon filling out my taxes I discovered a new tax credit for a popular heating alternative. Reinstated on January 2, 2013, was the federal tax credit on 75% efficient biomass heating appliances. I didn’t know it existed in the first place. What this means is that qualifying biomass-stoves may be eligible for a tax credit! I like the sound of that! Maybe that’ll be my reasoning with the hubby!
Upon doing some research, I discovered that Harman Pellet Stoves actually reduce your carbon footprint! As you can see in the infographic above, using a pellet stove to heat your home costs 44% less than oil, 47% less than eletric, and 53% less than propane heat. I had no idea! Because biomass fuels are composed of renewable carbon-neutral products, they are also an extremely eco-friendly option. Uh, I think I can have the hubs sold! In addition to all of that, Harman Pellet stoves come in a variety of colors, styles and sizes.
Do you have a stove or fireplace?
Now for the fun part – a giveaway! Harman would like to keep you informed and warm by allowing one Clever Housewife reader to win a Harman notebook and Harman t-shirt. The notebook is a journal sized book made from recycled materials. It also includes a pen! To enter, simply leave a comment with why you love Harman – or something you learned about Harman from the infographic, or this post. Giveaway will end at 11:59pm PST on 2/24.