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New Bioheat® Fuel Vs. “Old” Heating Oil

Date: February 19, 2024

Why Bioheat Fuel Is More Eco-Friendly

what is bioheat massachusetts As many oilheat consumers in the Commonwealth may already know, Bioheat® fuel is a blend of renewable biofuel and ultra-low sulfur heating oil. Biofuel, a gallon-for-gallon replacement for petroleum fuel, is made from organic and recycled ingredients like used cooking oil, soybean oil and animal fats.

It represents one of the best ways for reducing emissions in the environment right now without sacrificing comfort or needing to undertake expensive, disruptive equipment replacements.

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. A heating system does not need to be modified in any way to start using heating oil blended with biofuel.

How Bioheat Fuel Decarbonizes Your Home

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 liquid fuels that do not contain biofuel 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.

What’s Ahead for Bioheat Fuel?

The National Oilheat Research Alliance (NORA) continues to pursue research with other partners on making B100 Bioheat fuel a reality.

NORA has been a leader in the transition to low carbon liquid fuels in the home heating sector for decades through testing and promoting the use of the advanced biofuel (also known as biodiesel) that’s combined with traditional heating oil. NORA’s liquid fuels research laboratory in Plainview, NY is among the leading facilities in the U.S. conducting this type of research.

NORA has also demonstrated that a pilot home in New York that’s heated with 100% biodiesel and using solar panels to produce electricity can reach net-zero carbon emissions quickly — and at an economically viable cost. A high-efficiency heating oil boiler matched with the new B100 burner is used in the NORA Net-Zero Home.

Save $600 with Federal Tax Credits

Homeowners can now claim a federal tax credit of $600 for installing ENERGY STAR-certified heating oil systems that use renewable fuel blends of at least 20% biodiesel.

Since many full-service heating oil companies in the Commonwealth install high-efficiency heating oil systems compatible with Bioheat fuel, there is a good chance you can qualify for this tax credit! (Please reach out to your heating oil company to get started).

There are long-term savings too. A new heating oil system should help you save 20% or more on your annual heating costs.

The inclusion of tax credits for heating equipment powered by liquid renewable fuels provides validation that advanced biofuel (biodiesel) can reliably eliminate carbon emissions from homes.

Please reach out to your local heating oil company to learn more about the benefits of Bioheat fuel.