Going all the way back to 1917, Burt’s Reliable has provided heating oil to homes throughout the North Fork and East End of Long Island. In fact, we provide many types of fuel, from home heating oil to on-road diesel.
You might hear the expression fuel oil from time to time, perhaps even in reference to the heating oil that powers your boiler or furnace. But are fuel oil and heating oil the same thing?
Heating oil is fuel oil, but not all fuel oil is heating oil. Did we confuse you there?
Fuel oil is any petroleum product that can power a home heating system or an engine. A stricter definition of it refers to heavier fuels created from crude oil — heavier than gasoline, for example.
So, what products fall into this fuel oil category?
While petroleum heating oil is similar to diesel, Burt’s Reliable delivers a product called Bioheat® fuel. This is a blend of ultra-low-sulfur heating oil and biofuel. Biofuel is a gallon-for-gallon substitute for petroleum. It’s made with organic and recycled ingredients. These include the following:
What makes our Bioheat fuel so special? To begin with, we use a blend containing 20 percent biofuel (called B20). This blend has a lower carbon intensity than natural gas. It reduces sulfur oxide emissions by as much as 80 percent and nitrogen oxide by roughly 20 percent. B20 Bioheat fuel also significantly reduces mercury and particulate matter emissions.
Additionally, our heating oil is much cleaner-burning and reduces the deposits left in your heating equipment. This will reduce the amount of maintenance you need to do and prolong the life of your system.
And if that’s not enough to get you excited, Bioheat fuel can also lower your New York state tax bill. Empire State residents qualify for a 20¢-per-gallon income tax credit for using B20 Bioheat fuel. Our average customer saves $150 per year.