If you use heating oil to heat your eastern Long Island home, chances are you’ve at least heard of Bioheat® Fuel (known here at Burt’s Reliable as Natural Heating Oil). But how much do you really know about this great fuel, and how does it differ from conventional “No.2” home heating oil?
Let’s take a look.
Bioheat® is a blended fuel made by mixing ultra-low sulfur heating oil (ULSHO) with biodiesel – a renewable energy resource made in America from soy other vegetable oils, animal fats, recycled restaurant oils and other natural sources. Typical blends range from two to twenty percent biodiesel per gallon (the blend percentage is indicated by the “B” number in the fuel name: B5 is five percent biodiesel, for example).
Burt’s Reliable is the only heating oil company on the North Fork that delivers a low-sulfur B20 biofuel blend, which contains 20 percent renewable biodiesel fuel; other companies typically use a much weaker biofuel blends.
In most cases, Bioheat® can be used in conventional oil-fired heating systems without modification – in fact, if you’re a Burt’s Reliable customer, you’re already using it!
The per-gallon difference in cost between Bioheat® and No. 2 heating oil is slim, with Bioheat® typically being pennies more per gallon or less. But price per gallon doesn’t tell the full story when it comes to long-term value: when you consider the total cost of the two fuels, Bioheat® comes out on top by a substantial margin.
Why? Because Bioheat® burns cleaner, your equipment efficiency will improve, you won’t need as much maintenance, and your appliances will last longer. Bioheat also saves you money as a NY State resident because you can apply for a 20¢-per-gallon Clean Fuel Credit on your state income taxes.
Eco Benefits Of Bioheat®
If eco-performance and protecting the planet means a lot to you, you’re in luck: by using Bioheat®, you won’t just save wear and tear on your heating equipment – you’ll also shrink your carbon footprint.
That’s because every gallon of Bioheat® you use reduces airborne emissions compared to using other sources of home heating, including coal-generated electricity and conventional No. 2 heating oil. Here are six pollutants potentially produced by heating your home – and every one of them is reduced by using Bioheat® rather than other energy sources:
- Sulfur oxides (especially sulfur dioxide, or SO2) – 80 percent reduction vs. No. 2 heating oil
- Nitrogen oxides (especially nitrogen dioxide, or NO2) – 20-30 percent reduction vs. No. 2 heating oil
- Carbon dioxide (CO2) – 20 percent reduction vs. No. 2 heating oil
- Carbon monoxide (CO)
- Volatile organic compounds (VOCs)
- Particulate matter emissions (particulates)
The bottom line
As you can see, Natural Heating Oil® is a great choice for heating your home in an environmentally responsible way– so great, in fact, that residential Bioheat®® fuel-fired heating equipment is not even regulated under the Federal Clean Air Act.
Looking to learn more about Bioheat®? We can help! Contact Burt’s Reliable today to learn more about Bioheat® deliveries in Long Island’s East End and North Fork!