Those not lucky enough to live in a warm part of the US this winter will inevitably be hit with the higher costs to heat their homes – particularly homes heated with traditional heating oils or propane. Those heating with wood or biomass, however, are expected to pay around 40 percent less than those relying on fossil fuel-based sources. This fact, combined with an upcoming tax credit available beginning January 1 for pellet stoves is leading to a boom in stove and pellet sales throughout the US. A stove company worth mentioning is Austria-based Rika that offers a line of pellet stoves with a clear emphasis on aesthetics in addition to function. Not only do they look good but they’re technologically advanced, sporting features such as microprocessor temperature-guided boiler adjustments and cellular phone remote activation.See the following link to the company’s Web site to find out more.