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energy crisis intro

The energy sources are divided into three main categories: fossil fuels (e.g. coal, petroleum, and natural gas), renewable sources (solar, wind, hydroelectric, biomass, geothermal power), and nuclear sources (fission and fusion). Energy crisis situation that scientists predict will occur as man continues to deplete the World's natural reserves, therefore alternatives to known energy must be discovered. World leading scientists have now analysed these pressing concerns and concluded that the energy crisis poses one of the greatest threats facing humanity this Century. The biomass based renewable fuels hold great promise for addressing climate-change and energy-security concerns. Bio fuels are derived from biomass such as waste from organic materials (sawdust, rice husk e.t.c).

alternative energy intro

After many years of exhausting the natural energy reserves, the World has come on the threshold of energy scarcity and a call for "Green Revolution" is spread throughout many countries nowadays. The fossil fuels are near to depleted and we all need to turn to alternative energy sources. Biomass energy includes domestic biomass, industrial and agricultural waste materials, as well as dry and wet waste materials and grains, each of which can serve as fuel for powerful steam generators and some of them even could be used to produce liquid and gas fuels. Series of global energy crises in the 70's and 80's of the last century and a drastic increase in consumption of energy and rising prices in recent years have become popular reason for renewable energy. Biomass is an alternative, which has recently gained great popularity.

wood briquettes vs fossil fuels intro

The new carbon tax at a rate of €15 per tonne is being introduced on all fossil fuels. The tax will apply to petrol and auto-diesel with effect from midnight, 9 December 2009; and from 1 May 2010 to Kerosene, Marked Gas Oil, Liquid Petroleum Gas (LPG), Fuel Oil and Natural Gas. The application of the tax to coal and commercial peat is subject to a Commencement Order. Further information on the carbon tax is set out at Annex E which is available on

The above changes will lead to higher expenses for most common solid fuels in Ireland as they become more expensive and the price of peat briquettes and coal will be driven up respectively with 39 cents per bale and €1.79 per 40kg bag. The impact of the changes as per the budget unveiled by the Minister for Finance on Wednesday, 9 th December 2009 is illustrated in the table below.

cut energy bills intro

The rising prices of fossil fuels (e.g. heating oil) is pushing up the bills for home heating, and therefore we see many people opting for wood burning stoves and boilers, open fires and switching to wood briquettes or pellets as more economical and eco friendly - green alternative for heating homes.

The wood briquettes as a fuel alternative is good way to bring your heating cost down and at the same time preserve the environment as it is Eco friendly and CO2 neutral green fuel.

As the new carbon tax, introduced in May 2010 hit the fossil fuels' prices up, home heating bills are set to rise as well, leading to increases of 8.4% in the household heating bills. The carbon tax was imposed on fossil fuels such as petrol, diesel, home heating oil, coal and peat briquettes. Mr Eamon Ryan, the Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources explained that energy from renewable sources and better energy efficiency would reduce Ireland's dependence on fossil fuels and stimulate the Economy.

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