Heating Oil: Clean, Renewable Energy for New Jersey

Clean energy

There’s been a lot of talk lately about energy efficiency. What you may not be hearing is the leading role that heating oil is playing in the drive towards clean, renewable energy.

Here are few facts you may not know:

Particulate emissions have been reduced significantly from the already low levels of the past few decades. New heating oil systems now burn fuel 99.9% cleanly, according to studies conducted at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Brookhaven Laboratory.

Thanks to technological advancements, New Jersey homeowners are using 500 fewer gallons of heating oil each year to heat their homes. That’s an incredible savings of both money and energy.

The advent of Bioheat® fuel has put oil-heated homes on a super-efficient path. The blend of renewable biofuels with ultra-low-sulfur heating oil has already led to a cleaner, more efficient fuel and will eventually take us to a carbon-neutral future.

Bioheat’s costs are similar to those of traditional heating oil; the difference in price is typically only fractions of a penny per gallon. Using Bioheat to warm New Jersey homes saves money because it burns more cleanly than regular heating oil, which means a heating system will not only burn fuel more efficiently, it will also last longer and require fewer repairs. Bioheat is kinder to the environment because it generates fewer emissions than conventional heating oil.

Ultra-low sulfur heating oil has been the standard in New Jersey for a couple of years now. Here are a few fast facts:

  • Ultra-low-sulfur heating oil (ULSHO) has 99% less sulfur in it than standard heating oil.
  • The changeover to ULSHO has resulted in a reduction in emissions of over 70%, compared with the emissions produced by traditional heating fuel.
  • Since ULSHO creates fewer deposits on heat exchangers, oil heat customers benefit from better heating efficiency and easier maintenance. The drastic reduction of sulfur means that there will be far fewer system issues, which will lead to lower maintenance costs for New Jersey oil heat consumers.
  • ULSHO opens the door for the introduction of super-efficient heating systems, which are already being used with great results in other countries that use ULSHO.

To sum up, there’s a lot to be excited about when it comes to today’s heating oil, and the future is even brighter!

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