Future Energy launched in 1983 when founders, Woody and Diane Padgett, began selling and installing solar water heaters.  The business expanded and began adding products and services.  Selling wood stoves and gas logs they added chimney services and soon became a full line fireplace shop.  In 1994 Future Energy moved to its current location at 130 W. Graham Street, Shelby NC.

Future Energy continued to expand adding gas grills and the Big Green Egg charcoal grill to its line of products.  Today, Future Energy’s products have expanded even more to include dryer vent services, a full line of outdoor living products and fireplace accessories.  After 30 years Future Energy has become one of the south’s oldest hearth shops under the same management.

Our Team

Founder and CEO of Future Energy, Woody Padgett, a native of McAdenville, NC, moved to Shelby at an early age.  He is a graduate of Shelby High School and Western Carolina University.  Woody holds numerous certifications in the hearth and patio industry and has served as Vice President of the Southeastern Hearth Products Association. Woody and his wife, the former Diane Williamson, have two daughters Lindy Padgett Wease and Katie Padgett Harris.  He is the proud grandfather of four, Addison Wease, Boone Wease, Grant Harris and Sarah Harris. He is an avid saltwater fisherman and holds a captains license from the United States Coast Guard.

Brian Harris, President, has been with Future Energy for almost 10 years. Brian came to the company with experience as an electrician.

​He is a graduate of Shelby High School and Cleveland Community College.  ​

Since joining our team in 2005 he has added a wealth of knowledge in many areas. His dedication to his job and his skills in customer service make him a great team member.

 Brian and his wife ​Katie Harris​, ​have ​two wonderful children, Grant & Sarah. He enjoys fishing, photography, and traveling with his family.

Owner, Woody Padgett (left) and Brian Harris (right) have the knowledge to bring your home the fire you desire.

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  • Certified chimney sweep
  • Gas appliance technician
  • Fireplace installer
  • Solid fuel safety technician
  • Fuel piping licenses

Future Energy’s Mission

We will strive to offer top quality products with expert installation at a fair price. Keep our team members up to date on the newest products, technology and procedures. We will work tirelessly with our patrons to make sure “From Outdoor Eating To Indoor Heating We Give You The Fire You Desire”