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

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Our original formula is purr-fect for all cats

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Multi-Cat Formula

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Enhanced clumping works perfectly for multiple cats

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Unscented Formula

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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!

 

New Earth-Conscious Cat Litter Made from Upcycled Wood Fiber

Catalyst Healthy Cat is an innovative new product taking over the natural cat litter industry. Developed by the natural wood product experts at Lignetics – Catalyst is the only kitty litter engineered from upcycled soft wood fibers.

Some of the major benefits of switching from clay litter to Catalyst include:

–  Superior Odor Absorption
–  Effective Clumping
–  Very Low Dust
–  Lightweight + Convenient

Litter created with clean sawdust sourced from the lumber industry is not just ideal for the environment, but for cats and their owners too!

The bags are a convenient weight at just 10 pounds and are are available for a discount with a free subscription to make ordering automatic. Each bag lasts for one month per cat.

A multi-cat and unscented version has also been recently added to the product line now that the formulas have been perfected!

 

Click to learn more about Catalyst Heathy Cat’s green mission and cat litter options!

 

Woodpellets.com Delivery Drivers Compete in the 2019 CHaD Battle of the Badges Fundraiser

The Woodpellets.com team came back with family and friends for another CHaD Battle of the Badges game in Manchester New Hampshire to fundraise for the Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth-Hitchcock.

Each year, a team of local NH police officers take on a team of local firefighters in a battle of “Good vs. Good”, and this year’s event raised over $136,000! We are very proud to have several firefighters on our Woodpellets.com delivery team, and we were thrilled to cheer them on while supporting such a great cause.

To learn more about the incredible work of CHaD, and to see how you can get involved, visit https://www.chadkids.org/donate

Woodpellets.com’s Newest Driver: A Woman with a Work History to Admire

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As a company focused on customer service, home delivery is a significant piece of the Woodpellets.com experience. After a pellet stove owner discusses fuel options with us, or clicks through the website to place an order, delivery is the next big step in the process. Our drivers are responsible for loading up the customer’s fuel, safely transporting it to the home and following the customer’s placement instructions.

Liz was brought onboard this year by JPO Trucking, a small business outside of Poughkeepsie New York and one of our trusted contractors. When asked if we could highlight her in a blog due to her position not typically being held by women, she agreed and said, “Guess I have a history of being employed in male dominated jobs. I am a retired police sergeant.”

Chatting as she walked her rescue dog Daisy after a day’s work, Liz explained she always had an interest in the trucking industry. She knew it was “either that or become a cop”, since she grew up with an NYPD homocide detective father. Instead of choosing between the two paths, she ended up with both.

After nearly 5 years in corrections and 22 years in the police force, 18 of which were as a Sergeant, Liz retired last year. But during that time, she went to school to obtain her CDL knowing she would seek a trucking job following her retirement.

During the years serving her community, she dealt with serious, depressing situations and crimes. “My old job was everyone’s problems all day long. People don’t call the police to help cut a birthday cake.” Talking about the difference between that role and her current trucking job, she says “This is none of that negativity. Now I can worry about myself!”

According to the American Trucking Association, the number of women in the industry has only increased slightly in the last 15 years, from 4.5 to roughly 6 percent. Liz was surprised to hear just how low the numbers are for females in this industry, and said she wishes more women would sign on.

As for her, she doesn’t plan on fully retiring anytime soon. We are lucky to have Liz and our whole network of drivers out there representing Woodpellets.com.

 

 

Wood Pallet DIY Contest: Enter to Win!

Wood Pallet Re-Use DIY Contest

When you finish burning a ton of wood pellets, you’re left with a wooden pallet and empty pellet bags. When you re-stack bags from your pellet delivery, you’re left with the pallets. What do you do with them? Show us a photo for a chance to win an Amazon gift card!

Post a photo of your upcycle project on the Woodpellets.com Facebook page by August 1st to be entered in the 2019 Earth Day Pallet Project Contest. First place will receive a $50 Amazon gift card!

Need some inspiration? Check out some of our past upcycling posts:

Woodpellets.com Wood Pallet DIY and Empty Wood Pellet Bag Reuse Challenge

Reducing, reusing and recycling is so important for the environment. There are so many ways to re-use what you might otherwise throw away, and all you need is a little creativity and (sometimes) a few tools.

Benefits of Wood Pellet Heating

In addition to the long term cost advantage over heating oil and propane, wood pellets have some additional benefits that you may be unaware of.

CO2 Cycle with Fossil Fuel Burning1. The carbon footprint of wood pellets can be neutral, or close to it. A study by The Alliance for Green Heat and VU University Amsterdam revealed that heating with wood pellets can emit about one tenth the carbon as heating with oil. If the forests where the wood pellet raw material has been taken from are sustainably managed, the overall carbon footprint is drastically reduced in comparison with fossil fuel heat.

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