Comparing Bioheat® Fuel and Regular Heating Oil

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If you use heating oil in your home, you’ve probably at least heard of Bioheat® fuel. But how much do you really know about this great new fuel, and how is it different than conventional home heating oil? Let’s take a look.

Bioheat® Fuel Basics

Bioheat® fuel is a fuel made by blending ultra-low sulfur heating oil (ULSHO) with biodiesel – a renewable energy resource made from vegetable oils, animal fats, recycled restaurant oils and other natural sources. In most cases, Bioheat® fuel can be used in modern heating oil equipment without modification – in fact, if you’re a current FSi customer, you’re already using Bioheat® fuel! Most major heating system manufacturers accept Bioheat® fuel as covered under their warranties for use.

Fuel Costs

The price difference between Bioheat® fuel and No. 2 heating oil is slim, with Bioheat® fuel typically costing pennies per gallon more. However, when you consider the total costs associated with the two fuels, Bioheat® fuel comes out far ahead. That’s because Bioheat® fuel burns cleaner than regular heating oil – which means your heating system will last longer, retain more of its efficiency over time, and require fewer repairs.

The Environmental Benefits of Bioheat® Fuel

How does Bioheat® fuel stack up against No. 2 on environmental impact? It comes out on top there, too. Bioheat® fuel burns cleaner than common heating oil, which reduces greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) of Sulfur, Nitrogen Oxides and Carbon Dioxide.

By burning cleaner, Bioheat® fuel typically also extends the life of heating equipment, which means that fewer furnaces and boilers will find their way into the landfill.

Did you know that FSi offers Bioheat® fuel delivery in the Greater Springfield, MA area? Contact us today to learn more, or to become an FSi customer!