Heating Oil for a Sustainable Future
With every passing year, heating oil continues its evolution into a newer, cleaner and more efficient fuel. Knowing more about today’s oil heat will make you feel good about how you heat your home — now and well into the future.
Cleaner Than Natural Gas
One of the biggest transitions in heating oil has been the move to ultra-low-sulfur heating oil. This refined fuel reduces the need for maintenance, improves efficiency and reduces emissions from heating systems. It has also paved the way for the next generation of compact, super-efficient boilers and furnaces. Many gallons of heating oil include Bioheat®, a blend of heating oil and renewable materials like vegetable oils.
According to a comprehensive report conducted by Brookhaven National Laboratory and presented to Congress in 2015 by the National Oilheat Research Alliance (NORA), blends containing 20% or more Bioheat produce lower greenhouse gas emissions than natural gas!
The report states, “Bioheat heating oil is a clean, responsible alternative to natural gas heating systems and performs admirably against all other heating systems.”
This is only the beginning. The quality of heating oil will get better and better in the years ahead. Soon, homes that heat with oil could be using even cleaner, burning blends.
We’re excited by these new opportunities because they will positively influence the long-term future of the industry and the environment while uplifting the oil heat experience of our customers.
The Tanks You Get
They say you get better with age, but that’s not true of oil tanks. If your oil tank is more than 30 years old, we recommend replacing it.
While it’s true that oil tanks last many years, they eventually do give out. Life spans vary depending on the humidity, the thickness of the tank’s steel and more. And when tanks do fail, it’s hard to see it coming, because they can erode from the inside out.
Today’s oil tanks are light-years ahead of old models. The new generation of aboveground tanks are virtually leakproof and feature:
- sleek designs
- double-wall construction that includes an outer tank of corrosion-resistant galvanized steel
- a leak-detection system
- long-term warranties
If that’s not enough, the newest generation of aboveground tanks generally can be installed in small or unusually shaped spaces.
In short, today’s tanks provide peace of mind and convenience — in addition to all the other benefits of heating your home with oil!
Getting More Efficient All The Time
If your boiler or furnace is at least 15 years old, consider replacing your heating system soon; the performance and reliability of heating equipment typically deteriorates after 15 years (earlier if maintenance has been neglected).
At minimum, a new high-efficiency oil heating system should help you save up to 20% on your annual heating costs. Additionally, you will also have virtually eliminated the need for the expensive repairs and the escalating maintenance costs associated with an aging system.
And when you combine a new oil heating system with clean-burning Bioheat®, you’ll have a double-win.
Bioheat is not only kind to the environment, it’s kind to your heating system too. It’s extremely clean-burning and boasts the highest Btu content of any alternative fuel. Bioheat has also paved the way for the next generation of compact, super-efficient boilers and furnaces.
Endless Hot Water For Less Money
Many of our customers now use their boilers not only to heat their homes, but to produce hot water for showers, hot tubs, washing machines, dishwashers — you name it. And they get it virtually free in the winter.
It’s called an indirect-fired water heater, and if you have a boiler, it can be a phenomenal option for you to consider.
Anytime your boiler is heating your home, your indirect water heater works for free. It’s like having your cake and eating it, too. A traditional stand-alone water heater has to use gas or electricity to keep that water hot. And that’s a huge waste of money.
If you have a gas or electric water heater that is 10 years old or older, start checking out your options today!
Anytime your boiler is heating your home, your indirect water heater works for free!
Oil heat is cleaner, greener and more economical than ever! The latest oil heating systems are small, smart and super-efficient. Plus, there are many different equipment options to fit your budget.