Lauren Thomas wins Green Heat contest


Lauren Thomas of Edgartown has won the Win Free Green Heat Contest, sponsored by Harman Stoves and

The prize, valued at $5,500, includes a Harman Accentra pellet stove and a year’s worth of wood pellets (three tons). Nearly 7,000 people entered the national contest, which was conducted via websites, e-mail, Facebook, and Twitter.

“I still can’t believe we won,” Ms. Thomas said. “Since we already had an older pellet stove, we replaced it with the new Harman. We are surprised at how much more efficient it is. With the old stove, we used to go through a bag and a half of pellets a day, but with the Harman we barely go through one bag, and it heats an entire level of our house – about 1,200 square feet.”

After delivered the three tons of pellets to the Thomases in January, Harman shipped the stove to Pyewackets in Vineyard Haven. Pyewackets worked with Nelson Mechanical to install the stove.

Today’s pellet stoves have high heating efficiencies and low emissions. They are easy to operate, burn cleaner than cord wood, gas, or oil, have very low outside air particulate emissions, and help homeowners live greener by heating with renewable fuel, according to a press statement released by the manufacturer.

Made from recycled wood byproducts, pellets are a cost-stable, low-carbon fuel that can reduce greenhouse gas emissions when used as an alternative to fossil fuels such as heating oil, propane, and natural gas. Federal tax credits of as much as $500 are available for the purchase of the stove.