Wood consumption is , meanwhile, remained stable , thanks to the improved energy efficiency of appliances on the market . Domestic fleet wood heating should nevertheless continue its renewal, older devices (prior to 2002) and open fireplaces , inefficient and polluting , is still very present.
More users but less wood consumed
First source of renewable energy consumed in France , the wood should strongly contribute to climate and energy goals of the country with the aim , in particular, bring to 9,000,000 the number of homes heated with wood by 2020, at constant consumption. According to the “Domestic heating wood and Procurement ” study , they are now 7.4 million to burn wood , against 5.9 million in 1999.
Since 1999 , the volume of log consumption stagnates, the average consumption in cubic meters evolving from 8.6 to 7.5 cubic meters per household. This decrease is due to a better home insulation and improved efficiency of appliances used equipment increasingly powerful being appeared for 10 years . However, some regional differences to note: if consumption fell sharply in the Great East , it stabilized in Mediterranean areas (from 6.3 to 6, 1) and increased significantly in the North Central (6 to 8.1) regions where the proportion of households using wood as a primary heat has increased significantly.
Wood, an energy source that is gaining
During the past twelve years , the wood has become a power in its own right , its use as a primary energy source from 30 to 50% of users . Of these, nearly half are now only heat with wood.
Today, users of wood heating are rather elderly households ( the majority over 50 years), socio -professional category and above average living in rural or suburban areas . 78% are homeowners . Sociodemographic profiles vary according to use : principal heating, it is rather young low-income families in rural areas while the pleasure heating attracted more urban , mostly retirees with high incomes . Interesting data , main , mainly to save money . more info