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HARRIS, MI -- With winter approaching, it's important for business and homeowners to prepare for a harsh U.P. winter, and we all know how costly that can be. That's why the Heating the Midwest Conference came to upper Michigan today, to educate on a more natural and efficient source of energy, without draining your bank account.
Tony "T.J." Morice, President of Heating the Midwest, explained, "Heating the Midwest is a group grassroots effort of companies, businesses, government entities from around the Midwest, whose soul purpose is to educate and advocate for heating with biomass fuels."
Biomass appliances, such as wood, chip, and pellet stoves, have seen major changes over the last 20 years. Through various demonstrations at the conference, it was shown how the appliances have been modernized by becoming fully automated and easy to use by a thermostat, and, the waste of energy is virtually non-existent.
Morice added, "Most people in the country don't realize that one-third of all our energy for heating, and heat is like the ugly step-child, it's not one we look at. Biomass is a very efficient and useful way to utilize that resource. Especially in the north woods where we have lots of wood resource, it's another leg for the industry to stand on, which is a very important part of the economy up here."
Not only does it almost eliminate emission, but it also helps drive our local communities.
Grant Gagner, a Sales Manager for Woodmaster, and presenter at the conference shared some insight; "The reason why we're really stressing this importance is keeping a local economy going. You're using fuel from the local economy versus using a fossil fuel, which typically, 75 to 78 percent of that dollar goes out of the community. So, by burning wood pellets, cord wood, wood chips, you're basically keeping the money in the economy."
It's been estimated that if 10% of heating load switched to biomass heat, it would create over 2 trillion dollars in economic activity in the Midwest, and over 130,000 jobs.