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What Is Bioheat® Fuel?

Posted: February 21, 2022

It’s the Green Fuel for Your Home

The heating oil industry is well on its way to transitioning to a green, renewable fuel oil—and Wilson Oil and Propane is proud to be doing our part with deliveries of our B20 Bioheat Plus® fuel.

Bioheat fuel is a blend of biodiesel and traditional petroleum-based heating oil. Biodiesel, which is made from vegetable oils, animal fats and other renewable materials, is considered a biogenic fuel that reduces carbon output 100%. That’s because the combustion of biofuels and other biogenic energy sources actually recycle carbon dioxide emissions through renewable plant materials and other biomass feedstocks. That’s why you’ll be hearing a lot about net-zero carbon emissions in the years ahead.
In fact, leaders in the heating oil industry have passed a resolution that outlines what the industry’s progress needs to look like over the next few decades.

  • By 2023: greenhouse gas emissions will be reduced by 15% (based on 1990 levels)
  • By 2030: greenhouse gas emissions will be reduced by 40%
  • By 2050: we achieve net-zero carbon emissions.

Here are some key benefits of Bioheat fuel.

The Environment

Our clean-burning B20 Bioheat Plus fuel—80% ultra-low-sulfur heating oil blended with 20% renewable biodiesel–produces fewer greenhouse gas emissions than natural gas. Methane—the main component of natural gas—has the capacity to trap so much heat in the atmosphere that over one century, one ton of this gas causes 32 times as much warming as one ton of carbon dioxide.

The production of Bioheat fuel is extremely efficient, and the fuel itself is nontoxic, biodegradable, and promotes better air quality and environmental sustainability by reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

Bioheat also reduces energy consumption by providing a cleaner, more complete and energy-efficient burn. As a result, there is less wear and tear on heating equipment.

The Economy

The biodiesel industry supports more than 60,000 U.S. jobs, generating billions of dollars in GDP, household income, and tax revenues. That impact is projected to grow significantly as biodiesel production increases.

Biodiesel also creates opportunities for business owners. For example, restaurant owners can sell used cooking oil—once a waste product—to biodiesel producers as an additional source of revenue. Domestically made, Bioheat fuel also helps our economy by helping meet our nation’s energy needs without incurring the cost for new land use or drilling, or paying premium prices for imported fuels.

The Consumer

Using B20 Bioheat Plus fuel to warm your home saves you money. Your heating system will not only burn fuel more efficiently, it will also last longer and require fewer repairs.

Bioheat fuel can be used in your existing heating system without modification – which means you won’t need to make a further investment in equipment to enjoy its benefits. Further, getting Bioheat fuel deliveries may extend heating equipment life while reducing heating maintenance and service calls.

Bioheat fuel is one of the fastest-growing alternative fuels in the nation. Get yours today when you become a Wilson Oil and Propane customer.

Read more about B20 Bioheat Plus fuel.