Is Bioheat® or Electric Heat Cleaner?

Choosing the Most Sustainable Home Heating Option for Your Family

clean energy massachusettsWe all want to do what’s best for the planet and our children, but finding the cleanest energy source for your home heating system can be challenging.

Today, there is a lot of talk about the electrification movement–the push to use only electric-powered home heating equipment. According to advocates of full electrification, electric heat pumps are way cleaner than heating oil-powered appliances. But that is far from the whole truth.

Is electricity is a clean fuel? The answer may not be what you imagine.

Electricity relies on unsustainable energy sources

While electric appliances and electric heat pumps don’t produce any emissions at home, the power plant that generates the electricity probably does.

Indeed, our power grid relies heavily on coal or natural gas-powered plants. These fuels are among the largest sources of greenhouse gas pollution in the United States. Lawmakers are working to make the electric grid more reliant on clean, renewable sources like wind, solar and hydropower, but we don’t know how long that will take.

Bioheat fuel offers a much cleaner alternative

Contrast the environmental effect of electric heat with the Bioheat fuel FSi delivers. Bioheat fuel is a blend of ultra-low-sulfur heating oil and renewable Biodiesel. We further enhance this mixture with our own advanced fuel treatment.

FSi’s Bioheat fuel burns more cleanly, with far fewer emissions than electricity or natural gas. Made from natural sources like soybeans, it’s non-toxic, biodegradable and wholly sustainable. Because Bioheat fuel burns more efficiently, you’ll use less fuel to get the same amount of warmth, and your heating system will last longer. You’ll also likely find that you need fewer repairs on your system.

The Bottom Line

We expect to see major innovations in greener, more sustainable energy sources in the years to come. FSi’s Bioheat fuel already plays a significant role in finding a more carbon-neutral future. Electricity also has practical uses, but it isn’t the whole answer.

So, if you are deciding whether an electric heat pump or a Bioheat fuel appliance is the cleaner option, the answer is clear: Bioheat represents the evolution of oil heat.

To learn more about FSi’s dedication to cleaner-burning heating fuel, check out our Bioheat page. If you live in Western Massachusetts and want to take advantage of this sustainable heating oil, become a customer today!