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Virtually no one seems to realize how terrible electric heating is in this regard. Many electric heat homeowners actually think they are being GREEN in not using heating oil or natural gas to heat their houses, while the reality is exactly the opposite! They just complain that it costs more in dollars! It also ACTUALLY costs FAR more in consequences to the environment!
All you would need to do would be to collect some leaves and grass cuttings and similar things, around 100 pounds of it, equal to standard good-sized pile of leaves! As that organic material naturally decays and decomposes, it gives off heat. That heat has virtually never even been noticed before. But that moderate amount of leaves or grass clippings that you collected, that 100 pounds, will produce around 900,000 Btus of heat as it decomposes! In other words, enough to entirely heat your house, with NO expense at all for fossil fuels!
You would not actually even be changing anything natural. You would still be letting those leaves and grass decompose as they always do. Only, you would have this done inside a well insulated chamber, where you will be able to capture nearly all of that generated heat.
In other words, this process does NOT create any NEW carbon dioxide to add to the atmosphere, as heating oil, natural gas or electric heating does, but instead uses a process that was going to occur anyway, NATURALLY, laying on your yard! Absolutely GREEN!
There is even another possible bonus. In addition to no longer having to pay for your bags of grass clippings and bags of leaves to be hauled away, once this process is done, it leaves a material called humus, which is considered the best possible fertilizer for gardens! You may be able to SELL the resulting humus, and therefore even wind up making money for heating your house!
Can it get any better than that?
C Johnson, Theoretical Physicist, Physics Degree from Univ of Chicago