Lignetics Group Donates Heating Pellets to Local Equine Rescue that Helps Both Horses and People

Lignetics Group Donates Heating Pellets to Local Equine Rescue that Helps Both Horses and People

Sitting on 146 acres just outside Denver, sits a treasured retreat for both horse and human alike called Zuma’s Rescue Ranch. An equestrian center providing top-notch compassionate equine education programs through a herd of 67 horses rescued from neglect, abusive situations, and homelessness. Once recovered, the horses take on roles as educators in the riding programs and act as therapy partners in the mental health program. Saving more than lives, Zuma’s Rescue Ranch provides their community with a multitude of programs healing both horse and human.

To kick off the new year, Lignetics Group took the opportunity to support this amazing organization by donating 1.5 tons of its Green Supreme brand heating pellets as well as some Catalyst Pet litter. “Lignetics’ wood fuel pellets are our primary source for heating the building that hosts therapy and education services. This donation is saving us money that we can now use for therapy sessions for at-risk youth and veterans as well as feed for the rescue horses,” says Jodi Messenich, founder of Zuma’s Rescue Ranch. “This donation will make such a positive impact on our organization, especially with heating bills being exceptionally high this winter.”

Since 2004, the Messenich family has dedicated their facility to saving the lives of thousands of horses and farm animals. After witnessing mistreatment of show horses during and after their prime years, Jodi and her team created an Experiential Learning Program that cultivates volunteerism and inspires a commitment to the welfare of horses. Volunteers are trained as mentors to guide people of all ages through experiences with the horses where the animals and humans meet in an equal partnership to heal the mind, body, and spirit. “One of our goals is to make whole people out of the pieces of people who come to us,” shared Jodi. Through compassion-based education and animal rescue, they are changing the perception of how horses are trained and animals are treated while providing a place for families, at-risk youth, and veterans to enjoy time outdoors with these amazing animals.

“For all the amazing good they do for animals and people alike, it gives us great joy to be able to support Zuma’s Rescue Ranch,” says Frank Kvietok, Senior Director of Innovation from Lignetics Group.

To learn more about the many available programs and volunteer opportunities at Zuma’s Rescue Ranch, please visit www.zumarescueranch.com.


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A Massachusetts Therapist Honored with Harman® Pellet Insert and Woodpellets.com Fuel

A Massachusetts Therapist Honored with Harman® Pellet Insert and Woodpellets.com Fuel

To recognize and show gratitude toward heroes in communities across the country, Harman and Woodpellets.com (of the Lignetics Group) teamed up to supply a Harman Hero recipient with a Harman Accentra52i-TC pellet insert, one ton of Cleanfire Superior heating pellets and one ton of animal bedding. This year’s Harman Hero recipient was social worker and therapist Rachel Novak of Hanson, Massachusetts.

The pellet insert was installed at the Novak home by The Chimney Chaps who donated their time and expertise to professionally install the insert. The pellets were delivered by WoodPellets.com and all of the venting was donated by Duravent. The Novak family, who lives on a small farm aptly named Second Chance Farm, will use the new insert as their primary source of heat. The one ton of heating pellets will last at least two months taking them through the coldest month, and the bedding for their four horses will last 6-10 weeks.

The Harman Hero Giveaway honors those who have served the front lines of our country and communities: military, first responders, police, fire, healthcare, and school workers. For the past three years, Harman and Lignetics have partnered together to award a pellet stove and one ton of heating pellets to a deserving person nominated by a fellow community member.

“At Harman, we have always been anchored to the steadfast pride of our American Heroes and we want to pay tribute to those who sacrifice for the betterment of others.” said Karen Smeltz of Harman. Additionally, Lignetics donated one ton of animal bedding to this year’s winner for their horses. “Nothing gives us greater pleasure than being able to help this deserving family on multiple levels,” says Jonah Levine, Director of Heating for Lignetics Group. “With her can-do attitude, hard work, compassion and dedication to her family and community, Rachel is a wonderful example of the type of human we all aspire to be.”

Rachel, nominated by her husband, is a mother of two and a social worker working with teens. “She meets with these kids seven days a week and is always there to answer calls when they need her,” her husband, Nathaniel, stated in his nomination letter. “We also have our own two teens. Our daughter is very ill and sees around 12 specialists at Children’s Hospital Boston. She receives infusions every three weeks to stay alive. My wife manages her care and takes her to every appointment.”

“I am speechless when it comes to finding the right words to say thank you to the entire Harman and Lignetics families and, trust me, that is not easy as I am a therapist and talk for a living.” says Rachel Novak. While selecting a winner from many deserving nominations is difficult, Rachel stood out for her dedication to the youth in her community. “Her unwavering commitment to each teen is second to none. Even during the stove install, she received hundreds of texts from teens on her day off,” continues Smeltz.

The Harman Hero giveaway was first held in 2014. Each year, it receives countless honorable nominations. “We were flooded with amazing stories of heroes all over the country, of wonderful people making the world a better place with their kindness and hard work. From the bottom of our hearts at Harman, we thank all those who serve our country and communities.”

A Winter of Shakes, Shivers and Shoveling Ahead According to the Farmers’ Almanac 2022-23 Weather Forecast

According to the new Farmers’ Almanac Extended Winter Forecast, frigid temperatures should flow into many areas nationwide with some places getting record-breaking cold temperatures of 40 degrees below zero!


Not only will winter be arriving earlier than usual this year, this newest addition of the Farmers’ Almanac forecast has warnings of a season full of “shakes, shivers and shoveling” thanks to plenty of snow, rain and mush in addition to extreme cold.

To learn more about what’s to come this winter, check out the Farmers’ Almanac website.

To secure your wood pellet fuel now for free driveway delivery in the month of your choice, visit Woodpellets.com or call 1-800-PELLETS to speak to an expert today!

Oil vs. Pellet Fuel Comparison Shows Wood Pellets as Clear Winner

Daily Fuel Cost Comparison
(Average Cost per Unit) x (Number of Units per Season) / 182

Oil = $18.45/day
Pellets = $6.92/day 

Based on data from the 2021/22 heating season, choosing pellets over oil would save you over $2,000!


Cost Comparison by Heat Output
(Fuel Cost per Unit) / (Heat Content per Unit) x 1,000,000

Oil = $27 per million BTUs
Pellets = $18 per million BTUs


All calculations are based on the following:

  • Oil has 138,500 BTUs per gallon at an average of $3.69/gallon with an average use of 910 gallons in a heating season
  • Pellets have 17,200,000 BTUs per ton at an average of $315/ton with an average use of 4 tons in a heating season
  • There are 182 days in a heating season


Sources: https://www.eia.gov/tools/faqs/faq.php?id=987&t=7https://www.eia.gov/energyexplained/units-and-calculators/british-thermal-units.php
https://www.eia.gov/dnav/pet/pet_pri_wfr_a_EPD2F_PRS_dpgal_w.htm

Woodpellets.com Offsets Carbon Emissions by Planting a Tree for Every Delivery

Woodpellets.com Offsetting Carbon by Planting One Tree for Every Wood PelletDelivery

As the next step in our sustainability journey, we’re proud to announce WoodPellets.com has partnered with Ecodrive to plant 1 tree for every delivery! Trees have a natural ability to capture and store carbon dioxide, making them important assets in the fight against climate change. Our wood pellets are created from the waste of the lumber and other wood industries or standing dead trees to provide clean, green heat to homeowners. We understand the value that trees provide to people and the environment, so we think that planting trees is the best way to do our part in the fight against climate change. We look forward to doing our part to make our planet healthier and the future brighter!

Our new partner, Ecodrive, plants mangrove trees on protected land in Madagascar. Mangroves can capture and store more carbon than almost any other tree on the planet. Each tree can sequester about 680 pounds of carbon in its lifetime. 

Mangroves also create habitat for hundreds of animal species, including those that are endangered or only exist in Madagascar. They also protect shorelines from erosion and storm surges, keeping ecosystems and the people who live there safe. As mangroves take in water they filter out any pollutants before releasing water vapor back into the air. When you place an order for delivery you will receive the same high-quality pellets you’ve come to expect, but with the added bonus of having a tree with amazing ecological benefits planted for you!

In addition to this initiative’s ecological benefits, it also alleviates poverty in the nearby community by employing local villagers to plant and manage the trees. For every 100 trees planted, one full work day is created for a villager in need. We love that with the help of our customers we can create employment for people who need it, while healing the earth in the process. 

We believe in the responsible use of our natural resources. Staggering quantities of wood “waste” (sawdust, wood chips, shavings, etc.) is generated through the production of lumber, flooring, cabinetry, millwork and furniture. We turn this waste into wood pellets to be used as renewable fuel, preventing it from ending up in a landfill and releasing greenhouse gasses as it decomposes. Burning one ton of wood pellets eliminates 1,500 pounds of carbon emissions compared to heating oil. While our wood pellets already provide a renewable heating source to so many families, we wanted to take our sustainability to the next level by partnering with Ecodrive to make every delivery climate positive. 

We look forward to discovering the positive impact we can make by planting trees with the help of our wonderful customers and our new friends at Ecodrive!

Wood Pellets: 3 Reasons to Consider This Low-Carbon Renewable Fuel for Home Heating

Renewable Across the Board

Wood pellets manufactured from carbon-neutral wood fiber is an innovative utilization of wood waste generated by the manufacturing of other products.

Every day wood “waste” (sawdust, wood chips, shavings, etc.) is generated in staggering quantities through the production of lumber, flooring, cabinetry, millwork and furniture.

These leftover clean wood residues that would otherwise be considered as “waste” and sent to a landfills is acquired by pellet manufacturers and engineered into an efficient heating fuel.

In 2020 alone, 8.8 million tons of wood product waste was purchased by pellet producers from upstream forest product manufacturing sites.

A Necessary Low-Carbon Option

Rising carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere are in large part a result of burning of fossil-derived fuels for energy. Wood pellet fuel interrupts this cycle by recycling the carbon dioxide emitted during combustion in the regeneration of the forests grown to meet the demand from the forest products industry on which it relies for fiber.

Wood pellet fuel brings a low-carbon alternative to the home heating landscape and displaces demand for fossil-based fuels with higher carbon intensity such as heating oil and propane.

Contributing to the Local Economy

Not only do they create jobs in their facilities, but wood pellet manufacturers generate jobs in trucking, logging and maintenance.

Additionally, it’s worth noting that five hundred million dollars of wood pellet sales for residential heating were generated in 2020 – often for independently owned small business owners.

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Want to learn more about the wood pellet industry?

Access the Pellet Fuel Institute’s digital booklet, “Sustainable from the Beginning: 3 Facts About Wood Pellet Manufacturing and Use” here.

Ready to place an order for quality-guaranteed wood pellet fuel to be delivered to your home?

Shop online at Woodpellets.com or simply call 1-800-PELLETS to speak to an expert!

 

It’s Official: Wood Heat Tax Credit for Homeowners Passed by Congress

Recently, parts of The BTU Act (Biomass Thermal Utilization Act) were passed through Congress and signed into law, officially placing wood pellet stoves on a level playing field with other renewables that have been receiving appliance tax credits for a long time.

What does this mean for residential wood pellet heating?

A three-year investment tax credit (ITC) for high-efficiency wood-fired home heating equipment is now official!

The credit applies to the installed cost of home heating and hot water systems that utilize wood pellets, chips and cordwood at efficiencies greater than 75 percent high heat value.

The tax credit is for 26 percent in 2021 and phases down to 22 percent in 2022 and 2023.

For example, a wood pellet stove that costs $4,000 to install in 2021 will result in a savings of approximately $1,000 when applied to the homeowner’s 2021 tax return.

Charlie Niebling, a consultant for wood pellet producer Lignetics, has been working to enact the BTU Act for more than a decade. He has called the tax credit plan a “game changer” for residential wood heating.

“Our message to Congress for years has been…don’t pick winners and losers,” explained Niebling. “[Wood heat] deserves the same recognition in the federal tax code that solar and wind do.”

If you’d like details about this bill passing, read more here.

Woodpellets.com Driver Hit by Motorist During a Delivery Still Manages to Complete the Wood Pellet Delivery

“I received my delivery yesterday. Unfortunately we had a problem where the [Woodpellets.com] truck was struck by an oncoming car. The driver was fine and his truck just sustained a flat tire. The driver of the car was arrested and charged with DUI.

I wanted to tell you just what a fantastic job the delivery driver did. He was totally professional and courteous through the whole incident. At the time of the accident he had unloaded 3 of my 9 pallets. After the accident was cleaned up and the police left he continued with my delivery while waiting for help with his tire.

He was one of the nicest and most professional delivery drivers we have ever had. All in all he was there over three hours and I thank him for his delivery to us!”

-Chris, Massachusetts

Coupon Code for New Upcycled Wood Fiber Cat Litter by Catalyst

An Earth-Conscious Mission to Overthrow the Litter Aisle.

Lignetics, Woodpellets.com’s parent company, has launched a new brand of cat litter made entirely from sustainably recycled wood. It’s natural like your heating pellets, but with everything your cat needs for litter.

Click here to shop the Catalyst site and use discount code WOODPELLETS for 30% off your first order!

What are some of the benefits of switching to Catalyst litter?

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SUSTAINABILITY 🌍

Catalyst is made from upcycled wood fiber and decomposes naturally – it is 100% renewable!

Clay litter goes straight to the landfill and lasts forever.

SCENT / ODOR CONTROL👃

Due to its wood base, Catalyst has a natural and gentle pine scent that effectively masks odors. For the cats that prefer no scent, a new unscented version is now available!

Other litters often use strong synthetic perfumes that may harm your cat’s health.

WEIGHT / USAGE 🏋️‍♀️

Catalyst is half the weight of clay litter and lasts three times as long per pound!

Do you really want to be lugging around a heavy bag of clay litter all day? Catalyst litter is lighter which cuts down on transportation costs and emissions.

CLUMPING 😺

Catalyst clumps better than any other natural litter brand and has 3x the absorption of clay litter.

Leading natural litters are easily tracked through your home due to poor clumping.

DUST 🌪

Catalyst does not have any dust fumes because of its wood fiber material.

Clay litter often has nasty airborne dust plumes that can bother your cat’s lungs!

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Healthy Cat Formula

$22.99  Ships Free

Our original formula is purr-fect for all cats

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Multi-Cat Formula

$22.99  Ships Free

Enhanced clumping works perfectly for multiple cats

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Unscented Formula

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For those who prefer no added gentle scent

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★★★★★

No smell what so ever…no dust..no mess!!! Clumps like a dream and so easy to scoop! Thank you again for everything and I’m shopping with you guys from now on!! Fast delivery!!!

– Lori L.

★★★★★

Catalyst litter is seriously amazing. My cats took to it right away. It’s so soft on their pads and conceals odor very well. Very easy to scoop too. I am so happy to be using an eco-friendly litter now. I’ll never go back to clay litter.

– Marcy T.

★★★★★

I’ve tried every type of clay litter under the sun and have found NOTHING to help with the odor of having four cats. Catalyst is a dream come true. The pine smell is amazing and the odor control is unmatched. Not to mention it is super lightweight and clumps better than any clay litter I ever used. It also doesn’t track like regular clay litter. 10/10 would recommend. I’m not going back! 

– Sara S.  

How to Recycle Your Empty Plastic Wood Pellet Bags

As a company in the business of green energy, we’re very aware of the serious problems our environment is faced with. While recycling rates have been increasing along with growing public concern over pollution and landfills, there is much room for improvement. In 2017 alone, there were 267.8 million tons of trash generated – and 139.6 million tons of that ended up in landfills.

Read >> Study Shows Carbon Savings from Forest Residue Based Power 

Read >>  Materials, Waste and Recycling EPA Facts & Figures

Avoiding single-use plastics and participating in home recycling are a couple of easy ways many Americans contribute to a greener future. Regarding the bags your wood pellets are delivered in, there is more we can do – aside from finding new ways to upcycle them.

Plastics labeled with the recyclable arrows symbol are categorized for acceptance based on your municipality. Find out if your town accepts wood pellet bags, which are low-density polyethylene (LDPE) number 4-coded plastic, for curbside pickup hereIf your town does not allow this type of plastic in your blue recycling bin, you don’t have to just throw it away.

Thousands of stores across the country have entryway drop off locations for those plastics not accepted in traditional recycling programs. Like many folks, you have probably walked right past these boxes in places like Target, Walmart and Hannaford without noticing them! Many clean, dry, empty plastics can be brought to these drop boxes, including clean pellet bags, bread bags, dry cleaning bags, shipping air pillows, shopping bags and so much more. To find your local list of drop off locations, enter your zip code here.

Proper recycling can be a challenge due to variations in recycling programs, unclear labeling, and inaccurate recyclability claims. Have you ever seen the How2Recycle symbol on items in your home? The How2Recycle labeling program was created to provide consistent and transparent on-package recycling information, making it easier to know what to do with non-recyclable plastics. Any package that you see with the How2Recycle Store Drop-Off label can be brought to any drop off location.

So what happens to these plastics? Instead of ending up in landfills, these materials are recycled into synthetic lumber for decking, park benches and playground sets. The broken down plastic is also commonly used to make new bags, pallets and containers. Learn more about the entire process and how you can help from the experts at Plastic Film Recycling!

 

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