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Heating Oil Benefits

Written on: February 19, 2024

Heating Oil Gets Cleaner

heating oil hudson valley Home heating oil has progressively grown cleaner and more efficient. In recent years, there have been significant improvements in efficiency and cleanliness, thanks in large part to vast reductions in the sulfur content of heating oil. Here is why this is important.

Bioheat® Fuel Lowers Our Carbon Footprint

In the Hudson Valley and elsewhere in the country, heating oil has been reformulated with Bioheat fuel, which consists of ultra-low sulfur heating oil that’s blended with renewable biodiesel.

The most refined grade of heating oil available, Bioheat fuel is one of the cleanest burning heating sources for your home. It reduces greenhouse gas emissions significantly and no changes to your existing heating oil system are necessary.

Here are a few reasons why the use of Bioheat fuel plays a significant role in reducing carbon emissions, according to Clean Fuels Alliance America.

Additionally, Bioheat fuel is available right now and is currently offered by many heating oil retailers. It’s heating both homes and domestic water right now — all while reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

The overall goal is to transition to even higher levels of Bioheat fuel, which will further reduce our carbon footprint and actually turn heating oil into a carbon-neutral energy source.

Where Does Heating Oil Come From?

Heating oil comes from crude oil, which needs to be refined to remove impurities. It’s then separated into different “fractions.” More refined, lighter fractions are used to produce such products as gasoline, kerosene, jet fuel, diesel fuel and No. 2 home heating oil, which is what you use to heat your home.

Refining is just a step in the process. There is more work to be done before your fuel reaches your heating oil tank. After it is refined and ready for use, heating oil is transported by ship, barge, truck, and/or pipeline to major fuel terminals. It is distributed from these terminals to local heating oil companies.

Many of these companies have their own storage facilities, which can hold thousands of gallons of heating oil. These secure storage facilities ensure that an adequate supply of fuel is on hand during the cold months to ensure people get their heating oil delivery whenever they need it.

How Is Bioheat Fuel Made?

Bioheat fuel is a blend of ultra-low sulfur heating oil with renewable biodiesel that’s made from organic and recycled products. These products can range from soybean oil, used cooking oils, and inedible corn oil to canola, tallow, fats, and algae.

These renewable products are defined as feedstocks for producing biodiesel. Blends of biodiesel in heating oil are designated in percentages. For example, a 5% blend of biodiesel is defined as B5. B10 refers to a 10% blend, while B20 is a 20% blend.

Please reach out to your local Hudson Valley heating oil company to learn more about Bioheat fuel.