The Questionable Environmental Impact of Electrification

For Massachusetts or Connecticut residents, the prospect of having a fully-electric home can be quite enticing. Although we may have the desire to make less of an environmental impact in our environment and ensure our personal energy use isn’t contributing to harmful carbon emissions, is going electric the way to do it? The facts state otherwise. While “electric energy” looks good on paper, the push to convert to all-electric heat isn’t as foolproof as it appears to be. In this article, we’ll be discussing the questionable environmental impact of electricity production and renewable, sustainable alternatives you may want to consider instead. Keep reading to learn about how Bioheat® fuel and propane may be better, cleaner options for your home heating than electric heat pumps.

Electricity’s Heavy Reliance on Fossil Fuels

Solutions to reduce carbon emissions are a huge priority these days. In fact, many policymakers believe that phasing out carbon-intensive fuels through electrification and carbon taxation is the best way to act against climate change. But the statistics regarding electricity production don’t support this. The vast majority of electricity generated in the United States is done so using questionable methods that are actively releasing pollutants into the environment. So, let’s figure out where your electricity is actually coming from.

How is Electricity Produced?

Although electricity has positioned itself as a more environmentally friendly choice than other popular fueling options, the facts represent a different reality. According to, “In 2021, about 61% of U.S. utility-scale electricity generation was produced from fossil fuels (coal, natural gas, and petroleum).” Due to this, electricity generation is the second greatest source of greenhouse gases in the U.S., behind only transportation. The U.S. Energy Administration agrees that greenhouse gas-emitting fossil fuels are currently the largest sources for electricity generation. In fact, only 19% of the electricity in the United States is produced by renewable energy sources.

Is electricity truly a “renewable” energy source if it is still largely reliant on non-renewable resources? As for right now, we believe there are better fueling options out there.

Alternatives to Electric Power for Northern CT and Western MA Home Heating

Unfortunately, only a fraction of electricity in the US is produced using renewable resources and the prices are continuing to skyrocket. This causes us to reevaluate the energy source we choose for our home heating, appliances, and more. Luckily, both Bioheat® fuel and propane offer themselves as realistic and affordable alternatives to combatting this use of fossil fuels.


Propane is a clean-burning, green, easy-to-use fuel source that has one-third the operating costs of electric heat. It supplies even warmth and fast recovery throughout your entire house, also allowing for water heater operation and it can power several of your indoor and outdoor home appliances. To learn why propane is considered a “green” fuel source click the link to the post below.

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Bioheat® Fuel

Additionally, Bioheat® fuel is comprised of renewable biodiesel and ultra-low sulfur heating fuel making it a recycled, renewable, and sustainable blend of agricultural by-products and used cooking oils to create an efficient, reliable fuel source that can effectively heat MA and CT homes. This affordable, eco-friendly, and reliable fuel can work in conventional heating oil systems which means no costly conversions or modifications are required to use it.

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Unlike electric heat, both propane and heating oil can be stored on your property, giving you a greater sense of home safety, protection, and peace of mind, especially when you rely on FSi automatic oil and propane delivery services to keep your home fueled all year long.

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Reduce Your Carbon Footprint with Bioheat® Oil or Propane from FSi

FSi Oil and Propane provides renewable, sustainable, and eco-friendly Bioheat® oil and propane delivery to our neighbors and friends in the Greater Springfield, MA area. We pride ourselves on treating all of our customers with the same level of care, safety and respect. In addition to our fuel delivery services we also offer HVAC service and installations, water treatment, SmartPay Payment Programs and HVAC Service Plans. Get in contact with us today to learn more about how you can reduce your carbon footprint with one of our environmentally-friendly fuels or click here to become a customer today!