We have been building energy efficient stoves in Honduras for the past five years. We have recently checked in to see how the stoves and more importantly the families are doing. The health of the families in which we work has improved enormously as energy efficient stoves are virtually smokeless leading to less respiratory infections. The structures themselves are still in perfectly operative condition.
An energy efficient stove is built to last approximately 20 years. Energy efficient stoves are approximately 50% more efficient than an open fire. These stoves are also a safer method of cooking for the communities. Previous methods of cooking with two stone fires resulted in many burns.
In addition to the saving in greenhouse gas emissions, the reduced need for firewood leads to a corresponding reduction in the amount of time spent collecting the material. They provide more food in less time making them perfect for large quantities.
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