Pellet heating: is it still profitable?

In a context where ecological and economic concerns are increasingly present, the choice of a heating system for your home becomes crucial. Among the existing alternatives, pellet heating represents an interesting option to study. But is it still profitable to heat with pellets today?


The advantages of pellet heating

Pellet heating has several undeniable advantages:

  1. Ecological : Pellets are wood pellets resulting from the recovery of sawmill residues. They constitute a source of renewable and local energy, with a neutral carbon footprint.
  2. Efficient : Pellet boilers and stoves offer high energy efficiency, greater than 90%, allowing you to benefit from comfortable heat while making energy savings.
  3. Automated : The operation of pellet heating devices is automated, which facilitates their use and reduces the maintenance required. In addition, certain models are connected and can be controlled remotely using a mobile application.

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The evolution of the market and the price of pellets

Previous years have been marked by a significant increase in demand for pellets, particularly due to the rise in the price of fossil fuels. This growth has led to an increase in pellet prices in certain regions.

Pellet prices may vary depending on several factors, such as:

  • The quality and origin of the pellets (DIN+ or EN+ label, local or imported origin)
  • The purchase volume (prices are generally decreasing depending on the quantity purchased)
  • Delivery method (in bulk or in bags)
  • The time of year (as demand is greater in winter, prices may be higher at this time)

Here you can download the energy price index for main heating.

Compare the prices of pellets with those of other energies

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To determine whether pellet heating is still profitable, it is necessary to compare the cost of pellets with that of other energies available on the market. In 2021, the average price of pellets excluding taxes was €0.058/kWh, while the average price of electricity was €0.179/kWh, three times more expensive.

Likewise, the average price of domestic fuel oil reached €0.072/kWh, or around 24% more than the cost of pellets. Finally, natural gas had an average price of €0.063/kWh, slightly higher than that of wood pellets.

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The cost of installing and maintaining pellet heating

In addition to the cost of the energy itself, you also need to take into account the installation and maintenance costs of the heating system. As an indication, the average price of a pellet boiler is between €8,000 and €15,000, while that of a pellet stove varies between €1,500 and €6,000.

The importance of the quality of the device and installation

Choosing a quality device is essential to guarantee optimal performance and reduce maintenance costs. In addition, an installation carried out by a qualified professional will allow you to benefit from installation that complies with current standards and optimization of energy performance.

Financial aid to reduce the cost of installation

There are several financial aid schemes to support households wishing to opt for pellet heating:

  • The “Heating Help” energy bonus
  • The energy transition tax credit (CITE)
  • Aid from the National Housing Agency (Anah)
  • Zero-rate loans (eco-PTZ)

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Factors influencing the profitability of pellet heating

Several elements must be taken into account to determine whether pellet heating is still profitable:

  1. Housing insulation : Well-insulated housing (insulating, bioclimatic) will reduce heating needs and optimize the use of pellets.
  2. Ventilation : Good ventilation (vmc 2f) will help to renew the indoor air while limiting heat loss, thus improving the efficiency of pellet heating.
  3. The use of a combined solar system (cesi) : In addition to pellet heating, the installation of a cesi will make it possible to produce domestic hot water using solar energy, thus reducing the overall energy consumption of the home.

Thus, despite a certain increase in pellet prices, pellet heating remains an interesting and competitive option compared to other available energies. However, all of the factors mentioned above should be taken into account to determine whether pellet heating is suitable and profitable for your home.

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