Posted: September 5, 2023
How does Bioheat® fuel compare to traditional heating oil from the past? First, a primer: Bioheat fuel is a blend of renewable biofuels and ultra-low sulfur heating oil. Biofuels, a gallon-for-gallon replacement for petroleum fuel, are made from organic and recycled ingredients like used cooking oil, soybean oil and animal fats.
You can use Bioheat fuel in your current home heating system without modification. But here’s the key difference: Bioheat fuel represents an enhanced eco-friendly alternative to conventional heating fuel.
You don’t lose any heating power with Bioheat fuel. On the contrary, it burns much more efficiently, reducing heating system maintenance, improving energy efficiency and reducing emissions. And it has the highest Btu content of any alternative fuel!
Bioheat® fuel is not only helping to reduce carbon emissions right now, it will continue to reduce emissions each year as it evolves into B100, an all-biofuels home heating fuel.
How does Bioheat fuel accomplish this? Its already low carbon emissions are considered recycled carbon since that carbon becomes fully absorbed by the organic materials contained in biofuels.
In contrast, when traditional fossil fuels that do not contain biofuels are burned, they take carbon that was originally stored in the ground and release 100% of that carbon into the atmosphere, where it will remain for decades.
Bioheat fuel cuts harmful greenhouse gas emissions significantly because biofuels achieve emissions reductions of at least 50% compared to petroleum. Using Bioheat fuel instead of traditional heating oil means reductions not only in carbon dioxide, but in sulfur dioxide, particulate matter and mercury.
Our efficient and clean-burning Bioheat Plus® fuel—which has a 20% biofuel blend— saves you money on fuel and equipment service. It also burns cleaner than natural gas because it generates fewer greenhouse gas emissions. 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.
Because Bioheat fuel is so clean-burning, you’ll get higher efficiency from your home’s heating system. With today’s high-efficiency oil furnaces and oil boilers, you could reach efficiencies of 90% or higher. Heating oil gets your home warmer faster than natural gas or any other fuel.
A heating-oil-fired furnace or boiler can also last about 25 years, while the life expectancy of a natural gas furnace or boiler can be as little as 10 years.
Bioheat fuel is better for heating systems because it burns cleaner and leaves fewer deposits on heat exchangers. That means fewer breakdowns and a longer life for your furnace or boiler.
When the utility companies try to persuade people to convert from oil to natural gas, there’s never much talk about safety. That’s because, hands down, heating oil with a biofuel mix is the much safer fuel option.
With heating oil, you can safely store fuel on your property with no dependence on underground pipelines. Heating oil cannot explode—even if you drop a lit match into it. Heating oil is also much safer in the case of a carbon monoxide leak because you will get a warning sign about a malfunction—unlike with natural gas.
Read more about heating oil delivery and premium B20 Bioheat Plus fuel from Wilson Oil and Propane.