Bioheat®: The Fuel That’s Always Greener

bioheat facts massachusettsElectricity is considered a “clean fuel” by many. But when you take a closer look, it isn’t exactly the “green miracle” people often make it out to be.

Although the electric appliances (or heat pump) in your home don’t produce any emissions, the power plant that generates the electricity certainly does. In fact, in Massachusetts, nearly 90 percent of the electricity produced is generated by burning natural gas, which is mostly methane – a gas with a far higher Global Warming Potential (GWP) rating than carbon dioxide.

Contrast that to the ultra-low-sulfur Bioheat® fuel we deliver.

Because of the industry’s efforts to reduce carbon emissions, Bioheat fuel burns more cleanly, with significantly fewer emissions and harmful pollutants than other fuels – including natural gas. 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)

Few Repairs And Less Maintenance, Too

As a Bioheat use, you’ll also benefit from better heating efficiency and easier maintenance, since highly refined, renewable and ultra-low-sulfur Bioheat fuel creates fewer deposits on heat exchangers.

Looking ahead, the heating oil industry is committed to achieving net-zero carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions by 2050. As higher blends of Bioheat fuel become more common in the coming years, home heating oil blended with biofuel will continue to move closer to becoming a carbon-neutral fuel.

This and other innovations within the industry will help keep heating oil as a leader in America’s clean energy evolution.

Today’s Bioheat® – taking the lead in the green revolution. To learn more about Bioheat deliveries in western Massachusetts, contact FSi today!