Which Fuel Is Better for the Environment?
If you’re a long-time heating oil customer, you probably know a lot about the fuel that keeps you and your family warm. But here are some interesting facts about Bioheat the “new” heating oil that you may not know. It could make a big difference if you’ve ever considered converting your home heating system to natural gas.
Bioheat® Fuel Burns Cleaner than Natural Gas
In New Jersey, many gallons of heating oil are classified as Bioheat fuel. While most of the Bioheat fuel is still in the B5 range (95% heating oil and 5% biofuel blend), it’s expected that B20 will soon be the norm with even higher blends to follow. The higher blends will lead to an even cleaner, greener, more renewable liquid fuel.
Right now, Bioheat fuel is making an immediate impact on reducing greenhouse gas emissions. The heating oil industry’s embrace of renewable Bioheat fuel is transforming home heating and helping to create a better, cleaner energy future.
Today’s heating equipment regularly achieves efficiency levels of 85% or better. With the introduction of higher blends of Bioheat fuel, we will start to see super high-efficiency systems that can achieve efficiency levels of 90% or more!
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Efficiency Matters: Bioheat Fuel Tops Natural Gas and Electric Heat
Heating oil generates nearly 140,000 Btu’s of heat for every gallon burned. An equivalent amount of natural gas only produces about 100,000 Btu’s of heat, and an equivalent amount of electricity only generates a paltry 3,413 Btu’s.
Why does heating oil reign as a leader in energy efficiency? The flame in a heating oil system burns much hotter than other energy systems can generate. This produces more heat and warmer air or water, leading to evenly distributed heat throughout the house. When the outdoor temperatures are in the single digits, that powerful heat output can help keep your home as cozy as ever.
Second, technology has also brought great improvements in heating oil equipment efficiency that have reduced annual fuel consumption by as much as 40%. This has saved heating oil consumers a lot of money on fuel.
Bioheat Fuel: Made in America
Bioheat fuel is sourced and produced right here in the United States, supporting local farmers, local industries and local economies. The U.S. biodiesel and renewable diesel industries now support about 65,000 U.S. jobs and more than $17 billion in economic activity each year.
The production process puts excess plant oil and animal fats to good use, diverting waste products from landfills. Food production is never sacrificed for fuel in the creation of Bioheat fuel.
Bioheat fuel has a significant advantage over other green home heating products: it’s available right now and reducing greenhouse gas emissions every day.
Bioheat Fuel Saves You Money
Bioheat fuel burns more cleanly and more efficiently than conventional heating oil. So, you’ll be using less fuel to get the same amount of warmth, and your heating system will last longer. You’ll also likely find that you need fewer repairs on your system. You may also be able to extend the time between system maintenance. All of this amounts to savings!
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Lastly, being safe at home is just one of the many reasons people prefer to heat their home with oil instead of natural gas. Read more about oilheat safety.