If you use heating oil to heat your New Jersey home, you’ve probably at least heard of Bioheat®, or biofuel. But how much do you really know about this revolutionary energy source, and how is it different than conventional “No.2” home heating oil?
Let’s take a look.
Bioheat is a fuel made by blending ultra-low sulfur heating oil (ULSHO) with biodiesel – a renewable energy resource made in America from soy other vegetable oils, animal fats, recycled restaurant oils and other natural sources. Typical blends range from two to twenty percent biodiesel per gallon (the blend percentage is indicated by the “B” number in the fuel name: B5 is five percent biodiesel, for example).
In most cases, Bioheat can be used in modern heating oil equipment without modification – in fact, if you’re already a JW Pierson customer, you’re using Bioheat already! Most major heating system manufacturers accept Bioheat as covered under their warranties for use.
The price difference between Bioheat and No. 2 heating oil is slim, with Bioheat typically being pennies more per gallon or less. However, when you consider the total cost of the two fuels, Bioheat comes out on top by a substantial margin.
You see, Biofuel is more cost effective as a fuel than No. 2 oil in the long run – mostly because it burns cleaner than regular heating oil. That means your heating system will probably last longer, retain more of its efficiency over time, and require fewer repairs.
How does Bioheat stack up against No. 2 on environmental impact? It comes out on top there, too. Bioheat burns cleaner than common heating oil, which reduces greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) of Sulfur, Nitrogen Oxides and Carbon Dioxide.
By burning cleaner, Bioheat typically also extends the life of heating equipment, which means that fewer furnaces and boilers will find their way into the landfill.