A fine point on the seismic activity and gas lines. Oddly enough I rented a house for a year a few years ago that was in a condomino on the side of a volcano that had a gas line...it was so nice not dealing with refilling large propane tanks but yeah if there is a major eq i can see those lines rupturing and at best releasing the gas into the air and at worst blowing upZenth wrote: ↑Tue Oct 15, 2019 11:26 pmFor many people, wood is essentially free. You just walk into the forest or onto someones land and pick it up. Therefore, buying processed wood pellets doesn't seem to make sense not them. Like the dairy farmer buying milk at the store. Better wood burning wood stoves would help as would better kerosene heaters. Done right, neither of these pollute that much.
I don't think gas lines are the answer in many areas due to seismic activity. I heard natural gas is more expensive than propane; it's usually the other way around because propane contains more energy per cubic however you measure. Somebody please verify or correct this statement.
With proper insulation, electric heating would not be too expensive for most of the country. I bet Chile has enough wind to power windmills in most areas. Plenty of geothermal locations as well. If the politicians could move aside, and let real free enterprise take the lead, everything would be fine.
It's too bad there aren't pellet stoves that can use propane for the electric part...they way they do for dryers and freezers that run on propane. I imagine the pellet stove would just sip propane and make the pellet stove work with power outages the way a wood stove can.
But yet, people think it's better to pick up "free" wood in the forest or buy wet wood rather than do pellets as well as the high initial cost of a pellet stove. Pellets are more expensive than buying firewood in bulk but there are benefits in not dealing with all the dirt and grime and bugs and pests of large wood piles versus pellets and the benefit of loading a pellet bag once a day versus tending the wood stove hourly. The cleanliness and time saving may well offset the cost premium of pellet fuel...still its DOA for most people that dont want to pay more upfront for a pellet stove. However if electricity was cheap enough (by somehow or someway, even if its mass subsidies) it seems the most likely way to get the most people including the poor to stop or cut down dramatically on urban wood burning
If chile tries to carbon tax domestic electricity usage it's going to be the exact wrong thing to do...becasue people will just compensate with more wood burning which by far does the most air pollution emissions of anything else on the map particularly when it is done by people that dont know how to burn as clean as possible