“This year don’t get stuck in the cold. Beat utility costs with a wood stove.”
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Sierra Home Alternatives shares this message with its customers and anyone who happens to glance at the message board while driving, biking or walking down Placerville Drive.
“There’s no heat like wood heat,” said Casey Kish, who owns Sierra Home Alternatives with sister Parrish Stanton.
And today’s stoves, with all the technology and design behind them, can really heat up a home, Kish added, explaining “You’re able to get more energy from each piece of wood with the new stoves. They burn more complete.”
Wood has also regained its popularity thanks to its price and availability. With propane prices heating up and pellet inventory fluctuating as the season wears on, wood is the natural and most popular alternative when homeowners are looking to upgrade and remodel.
“We’re taking out gas stoves that we put in three, four or five years ago,” Kish said.
In this economy people are conscious about their budgets, added Stanton. A wood stove from quality companies like Jotul, Lennox and Vermont Castings provides a great return on investment, assured Kish.
Sierra Home Alternatives has about 70 stoves on display with many in stock and others readily available. New designs, like the three-sided stove (glass on three sides), and colors really can change the look of a room. Stoves come with traditional and contemporary looks.
Energy efficiency is a great selling point, Kish said, and the new stoves are easier to operate. Sierra Home Alternatives offers free, in-home consultations so each customer finds the perfect stove for their home.
Other home improvement projects Sierra Home Alternatives can help with include chimney sweep services, awnings, ceiling fans and natural lighting. Solatube, a 10- or 14-inch round skylight, continue to gain in popularity, Kish said. They bathe a room in natural light, saving people money on their electricity bill.
Sierra Home Alternatives also recently began selling Tempest Torches, outdoor gas lamps that will light up any patio.
With fall around the corner, many customers are already planning their remodel with a new stove and more, according to Kish. For those customers who have the idea but haven’t stopped in yet, he said, “They should start as soon as possible.”
Sierra Home Alternatives is located at 237 Placerville Drive in Placerville. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday; closed Sunday.
For more information call 530-626-6643 or visit sierrahomealternatives.com