Cleaner-burning wood pellets are produced from waste products such as lumber mill sawdust, and chips or scraps left over from lumbering or tree thinning.

According to National Geographic, while many Americans are bracing for high heating bills this year, some New England families are reducing their costly household oil or gas dependence by turning to a traditional fuel with newfound popularity: wood. More than 20% of New England households that use heating oil - which is the primary heating source in this region - also use wood as a source of heat, said U.S. Energy Information Administration analyst Chip Berry, about twice the national rate.

Many wood users simply burn firewood or wood scraps, and about half of them save money by cutting the wood themselves. Only about 6% of America’s wood-burning households use pellets, according to EIA stats. But pellets have some environmental advantages over firewood - cleaner-burning pellets are produced from waste products such as lumber mill sawdust, and chips or scraps left over from lumbering or tree thinning.

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