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Emma Hanson

Emma Hanson is the wood energy coordinator for the Vermont Department of Forests, Parks & Recreation. Emma is a leading voice for advanced wood heating in Vermont. She has a unique background in working lands policy, advocacy and sales, and boundless enthusiasm for renewable energy. Upon finishing her Masters’ degree in Agriculture, Food & Environmental policy at Tufts University, she and her husband took up residence in the Mad River Valley, where they promptly removed all of the fossil fuels from their house.

By: Emma Hanson

March 18th, 2021

Use Wood to Create an Efficient Heating System

Energy Savings | Learn Something New

Winter is coming to an end, making it a great time to consider upgrades to your heating system that will improve your comfort next winter! You’ve probably heard that the state has a goal of reaching 90 percent renewable energy by 2050, but you may not have heard that part of that goal is to reach 35 percent of our thermal energy needs from wood heat by 2030. It’s true! Vermont has a long cultural history of heating with wood, and already 24 percent of our thermal energy comes from wood heat, but modern advances in wood heating technology have made it easier, cleaner, and more sustainable than ever before.

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