How Long Does a Water Heater Last?

Proper Maintenance Extends Water Heater Life

water heaters new jersey It’s impossible to stay comfortable at home without a reliable supply of hot water. As you know, people depend on it for showering and bathing, cooking, washing clothes and dishes, and more. But do you know how long you can depend on your current water heating system to keep you comfortable?

The life span of the most common water heater—units with a storage tank—can vary greatly, anywhere from 7 to 13 years. (Tankless, on-demand water heating units last much longer because water is not constantly sitting in a tank being heated).

How long your storage tank water heater lasts depends on a number of factors, including the temperature of the water you set for the tank, the volume of water used, the overall quality of the water heater model, and perhaps most importantly, the water quality. Many people in New Jersey have to contend with “hard water,” which means your domestic water has a high amount of mineral content.

To head off any problems, especially if you have hard water, it’s a wise idea to call on an experienced heating oil technician to flush out your oil-powered hot water storage tank once a year. This procedure will remove sediment that has accumulated at the bottom of the tank. This sediment is caused by the build-up of minerals. Your technician can also check the condition of the anode rod, which generally lasts from 3-5 years.

What Is an Anode Rod?

Storage tank water heaters contain many parts and components, including a long metal anode rod, which extends the life of your water heater by preventing corrosion from building up inside your tank.

Usually made of magnesium or aluminum, the anode rod does its job through a process called electrolysis. The metals in the anode rod attract ions that normally would cause rust in iron and steel. But instead, these ions latch onto the anode rod and as a result, cause it to degrade over time. Without the anode rod, your water heater could rust out in just a few years. That’s why it’s so important to replace the anode rod after it degrades.

Oil-Powered Water Heaters

A direct-fired water heater is the most common type, with a dedicated burner inside to heat water that is stored in a tank. As you use the water in the tank, the supply of hot water is constantly replenished.

On the other hand, an indirect-fired water heater uses the burner inside your boiler to heat your tap water. A typical design is a water tank with coiled pipes inside. These coiled pipes connect to your boiler. Hot water from the boiler passes through the coil, which heats up the water surrounding it. As you can see, the boiler water never mixes with the contents of your water heater. Because of this configuration, an indirect-fired water heater is highly efficient and just one example of why heating oil is a leader in efficiency.

Q: How Do I Know If My Water Heater Is Wearing Out?

A: Some telltale signs include higher water heating bills, water stains and unusual noises. If it takes longer to heat water than it used to, or the water doesn’t get as hot, these are also signs that you may be ready for a new water heating unit. A big trouble sign is a slow leak from your tank or rust on the tank or in your tap water. (A water tank rusts from the inside out).

If you think your water heater is failing, please contact your local heating oil company for advice about a water heater replacement.

How Does a Boiler Heat Your Home?

Be Better Prepared to Identify Any Boiler Problems

boiler maintenance new jersey Since North Jersey has five times the number of boilers as the national average–South Jersey has 2.5 times as many– there’s a good chance you may be among the many homeowners in the Garden State who rely on a boiler to stay warm during the winter.

And with another heating season upon us, it’s a good idea to review the basics of how a heating oil boiler keeps a home warm. That way, if you run into heating issues over the next few months, you’ll be better prepared to discuss the situation with your heating oil service technician.

Types of Heating Oil Boilers

There are two main types of boilers found in New Jersey homes: a steam boiler, most often found in older homes, and the modern, and more energy-efficient, hot water boiler. Steam boilers require special safety precautions because of the temperature of the steam (the water must be heated to 212°F). As a result, it is vitally important to follow a regular maintenance schedule.

Your boiler extracts heat from heating oil as it burns; this heats the water (or creates steam) that will run through the zones that are calling for heat. The heat is delivered through your radiators or baseboards.

The problem is that some heat (as much as 30% in some older boiler models) will be lost as exhaust, which means you are paying a lot of money for heat that will never reach your living space. See how much you could save with a new boiler installation.

Condensing Heating Oil Boilers

A more efficient version of the hot water boiler is the condensing boiler, which is designed to keep heat loss to a minimum. By recycling heat from the exhaust process – and by operating at lower temperatures overall – your condensing boiler can improve operating efficiency by 10-15% compared to a non-condensing boiler.

However, a condensing boiler is not practical for all homes. Plus, condensing boilers cost more to manufacture. Installing a condensing boiler correctly requires highly trained technicians who know how to capitalize on the efficiency benefits of these sophisticated heating oil systems.

Maintaining Your Heating Oil Boiler

Regular maintenance is a vital money-saving investment for heating systems– not just because it can keep your equipment running safely and at peak efficiency, but also because four out of five heating system breakdowns are preventable if you follow the manufacturer’s maintenance recommendations.

A tune-up allows your heating oil technician to fix minor issues before they become big problems (worn parts, etc.). Regular tune-ups can also help you conserve heating fuel over the winter.

Your professional heating oil technician will conduct many tests to make sure your heating system is running at the best possible efficiency. Any adjustments and repairs can be done after this initial evaluation. Here are some of the tests they may do:

  • CO2: Testing for carbon dioxide levels shows how airtight your heating system is. A high level of CO2 means your system has air leaks. Your technician will find and seal up those leaks.
  • Draft overfire and stack temperature: These two tests measure the amount of heat and volume of air going up the chimney.
  • Smoke reading: This test looks for smoke, which indicates a few problems, such as some of your fuel not turning into heat when burned. Second, smoke build-up in your system reduces its efficiency.
  • Draft at breech: This test measures the draft inside your heating system. If the draft is weak, it won’t vent combustion products properly. But a draft that is too strong sucks heat out of your home.
  • Total efficiency: Your professional heating oil technician combines all the readings taken while testing your heating system to give an overall efficiency rating for it.

Contact your local New Jersey heating oil service to find out more about arranging for boiler maintenance. You’ll get a more efficient system and peace of mind. And you’ll also be all set to go when winter returns to the Garden State.

What Is Heating Oil?

Heating Oil Is a By-Product of Crude Oil

heating oil new jerseyThere is a lot of work involved long before heating oil eventually reaches your heating oil tank. It starts with heating oil being refined from crude oil, which is a complex mix of hydrocarbons plus oxygen, nitrogen, and sulfur. The refining process separates crude oil into different “fractions” while removing impurities.

The lighter fractions of crude oil eventually become propane, butane, and petrochemicals while heavier fractions are used to produce gasoline, kerosene, jet fuel, diesel fuel, and No. 2 home heating oil. Even heavier fractions become No. 4 or No. 6 heating oils. This is used for commercial and industrial buildings, schools, and hospitals.

After refining, No. 2 home heating oil resembles the color of champagne. However, for tax purposes, regulations require that heating fuel be dyed red before it is sold so it cannot be confused with on-road diesel fuel, which is subject to tax. The dye has no effect on the fuel and how it burns. In short, diesel fuel and No. 2 fuel oil are virtually the same thing, in terms of their chemical composition. The dye is used to set them apart.

Speaking of similarities, there is also a No. 1 fuel oil, which is similar to kerosene but less refined. No. 1 fuel oil has a lower pour point, which means it won’t gel as quickly as No. 2 heating oil does in extreme cold. However, it produces fewer BTUs of heating energy than No. 2 heating oil.

How Heating Oil Gets to Your Storage Tank

After it is refined and ready for use, heating oil is transported by ship, barge, truck, and/or pipeline to major fuel terminals. It is distributed from these terminals to local heating oil companies. Many of these companies have their own storage facilities, which can hold thousands of gallons of heating oil. These company storage facilities ensure that an adequate supply of fuel is on hand during the cold months for people who rely on heating oil delivery to keep their homes warm.

Why Heating Oil Burns Cleaner Today

Home heating oil has progressively grown cleaner and more efficient, thanks in large part to vast reductions in the sulfur content of heating oil. Here is why this is important.

  • Ultra-low-sulfur heating oil (ULSHO) has 99% less sulfur in it than standard heating oil.
  • The changeover to ULSHO results in a reduction in emissions of over 70%, compared with the emissions produced by heating oil from the past.
  • A buildup of sulfur in the heating system can lead to system maintenance issues. The drastic reduction of sulfur means that there will be far fewer system issues, which will result in lower maintenance costs for heating oil consumers.
  • Because there is virtually no sulfur in the heating system now thanks to ULSHO, heating oil systems can burn the fuel more efficiently, leading to lower heating bills.
  • ULSHO opens the door for the introduction of super-efficient heating systems, which are already being used with great results in other countries that widely use ULSHO.

Heating oil has also been reformulated with Bioheat® fuel, which consists of ultra-low sulfur heating oil that’s blended with renewable biodiesel. Bioheat fuel blends represent the future of heating oil in our country.

The most refined grade of heating oil available, Bioheat fuel is one of the cleanest burning heating sources for your home. It reduces greenhouse gas emissions significantly and no changes to your existing heating oil system are necessary.

Read more about the benefits of Bioheat fuel.

Is Heating Oil a Safe Way to Heat My Home?

Oilheat Provides Multiple Safety Features

heating oil safety new jerseyMany families in New Jersey rely on heating oil to keep their homes warm. And they can do this with confidence, knowing that heating oil has always been a remarkably safe fuel.

Think about it. When was the last time you heard about an oil-heated home exploding? The reality is, home heating oil has an excellent safety record, especially considering that it has been widely used for nearly 100 years.

Let’s begin by looking at flammability. Heating oil is not only biodegradable and nontoxic, it is nonflammable too. That means it cannot burn in its liquid state. Before combustion can occur, heating oil must first be vaporized by an oil burner at temperatures above 140°.

That’s why the oil in your tank is as likely to explode as the water in your backyard swimming pool. It’s that safe!

Secure and Safe Supply with Your Oil Tank

With an oil tank on your property, you can always count on having a secure, on-site supply at your home. Heating oil is easily transported and handled by highly trained professionals using equipment and techniques that keep safety at the forefront.

Modern heating oil storage tanks have been designed to be virtually leak-proof. Whether your oil storage tank is located in your basement or outside your home, the tanks being installed today have been designed with corrosion-resistant materials.

Safety Net for Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

A heating oil system poses a very low risk of carbon monoxide poisoning. If an oil burner malfunctions (most often due to a lack of maintenance), the safety devices in the unit will typically shut the furnace or boiler off.

Of course, this doesn’t mean that heating oil consumers shouldn’t have working carbon monoxide detectors inside their homes, especially near all bedrooms. Besides a malfunctioning boiler or furnace, there are many other sources for carbon monoxide leaks, including:

  • operating unvented appliances for long periods of time
  • backdrafts caused by pressure imbalances near the heating system
  • leaving a vehicle idling in an attached garage
  • running a gasoline-powered generator in a basement or attached garage
  • a blocked flue

Make sure you check your carbon monoxide (and smoke) detectors regularly to confirm they operate properly!

Heating oil – the best and safest way to heat your New Jersey home! If you have any safety concerns or questions, please reach out to your local heating oil company.

Types of Heating Oil Boilers

Know What You Have & When to Replace It

boiler options new jerseyThere are two main types of boilers found in New Jersey homes: a steam boiler, most often found in older homes, and the modern, and more energy-efficient, hot water boiler. Steam boilers require special safety precautions because of the temperature of the steam (the water must be heated to 212°F). As a result, it is vitally important to follow a regular maintenance schedule.

Your boiler extracts heat from heating oil as it burns; this heats the water (or creates steam) that will run through the zones that are calling for heat. The heat is delivered through your radiators or baseboards.

The problem is that some heat (as much as 30% in some older boiler models) will be lost as exhaust, which means you are paying a lot of money for heat that will never reach your living space.

Condensing Boilers

A more efficient version of the hot water boiler is the condensing boiler, which is designed to keep heat loss to a minimum. By recycling heat from the exhaust process – and by operating at lower temperatures overall – your condensing boiler can improve operating efficiency by 10-15% compared to a non-condensing boiler.

However, a condensing boiler is not practical for all homes. Plus, condensing boilers cost more to manufacture. Installing a condensing boiler correctly requires highly trained technicians who know how to capitalize on the efficiency benefits of these sophisticated heating systems.

Five Warning Signs

Like any piece of equipment, your boiler will eventually have to be replaced one day. Here are five signs that will help you determine if a replacement system is in order.

  1. Age

    If your boiler’s age is close to 20 years old–or older–you’ll save money on your annual heating costs by replacing it with a new, more efficient system. New oil boilers heat your home using significantly less energy compared to older generation equipment.

  2. Signs of Corrosion

    Just like your water heater, if you see outward signs of rust on your boiler, its time is running out. A professional inspection may also reveal damage to piping or other boiler components.

  3. Your Comfort Levels

    Is your old boiler keeping you warm enough? A properly working oil boiler should keep you comfortable even on the coldest New Jersey nights, but a boiler’s operating performance diminishes with the passage of time.

  4. Your Heating costs Continue to Rise

    Your boiler’s efficiency slowly degrades the older it gets. Lower efficiency means higher heating costs. Add in a higher number of repairs for an old system and this is another strong sign that you would do well to let go of your old oil boiler and upgrade to a new one.

  5. Diminished Hot Water Production

    If you depend on your boiler to heat your domestic hot water—and you’re not getting as much hot water as before–this could be a sign of a leaking or corroded coil on the boiler, a warning of potential boiler failure.

Understanding Today’s Heating Oil Systems

The latest oil boilers (as well as furnaces) are small, smart and super-efficient and can save you 20% or more on your annual heating costs. There are many different equipment options to fit your budget and your local heating oil company has expertise in all types and models of oil heating equipment.

To see how you can save on heating costs with a new, high-efficiency system, reach out to your local heating oil service provider and they’ll be glad to crunch some numbers for you. You may be pleasantly surprised at how much you could actually save. Equipment rebates for new boilers are also available! Read more here.

Should I Stay with Heating Oil?

Factors to Consider Before You Convert

why heating oil new jerseyIt’s no surprise that New Jerseyans who heat their home with oil may be thinking of converting to a different home heating fuel to escape the stress of paying giant heating oil delivery bills next winter. That’s a valid worry, especially if we don’t see relief soon from our current shockingly high fuel prices.

Just remember, however, that the problem of high prices is not limited to heating oil. All energy sources have been affected. But if history is a guide, we can expect to see heating oil prices drop pretty significantly in the not-too-distant future.

Oil Prices Rise and Fall—Sometimes Dramatically

During the Great Recession, crude oil prices dropped from a high of about $134 per barrel in June 2008 all the way to under $40 per barrel by February 2009.

While that may seem like a distant memory by now to many people, most of us clearly remember the shocking fall of crude oil prices during the early days of the pandemic.

In the Spring of 2020, when many of us were locked down and cooped up in our homes, crude oil prices had actually briefly fallen to negative $30 per barrel because demand for oil had hit rock bottom. Traders actually had to pay buyers to take oil! This was only a brief aberration, however, and since then, prices have been steadily rising as global demand went up before they skyrocketed due to the war in Ukraine. This sent shivers through the energy markets and beyond.

The Cost of Conversion

If you do decide to convert to another home heating fuel, be aware that the payback on energy savings could take much longer than you anticipate. That’s because the upfront cost to convert a heating fuel system alone can be expensive.

Plus, it really doesn’t benefit you to switch to a less efficient fuel when heating oil can keep you warm even on the coldest of nights. Read more.

Why Heating Oil Keeps Your Home Warm

Heating oil generates a very high number of Btu’s of heat energy per gallon, so it will warm your New Jersey home reliably—and more evenly.

Modern, efficient heating oil systems in well-insulated homes can help homeowners achieve the same amount of warmth while using much less fuel. This results in huge savings and reduces fuel consumption considerably.

And keep this in mind if you are ever on the fence when it comes to switching fuels. When it comes to efficiency, heating oil systems are no different than any other outdated heating system, regardless of the fuel used. Old furnaces and boilers can generate higher-than-necessary fuel bills, but they can be easily replaced with equipment that incorporates today’s new heating oil technology.

And with the availability of New Jersey heating oil equipment rebates, it is easier than ever to cut your fuel costs and save even more by upgrading to the best heating oil system available.

Transition to Bioheat® Fuel

Full-service heating oil companies in New Jersey and other states are embracing Bioheat fuel, mostly beginning with B5 blends (5% biodiesel) and increasing from there. Each increase in the percentage of Bioheat fuel in the blend results in even greater energy efficiency and lower emissions.

Heating oil companies in New Jersey, along with the entire industry, have committed to adopting even higher blends in the not-too-distant future. This includes achieving industry-wide blends of B20 by 2023, B50 by 2030, and a 100% Bioheat fuel by 2050, which will result in net-zero carbon emissions! Bioheat fuel is a big reason that homeowners in New Jersey can look forward to a long, comfortable and fuel-efficient future as heating oil customers.

If you’re ready to upgrade your home energy efficiency with a new heating oil system, please reach out to your local heating oil company in New Jersey.

Ways To Conserve Energy and Save Money

Tips for Saving Money on Heating & Cooling

saving energy new jerseyWith energy prices painfully high and overall inflation rates draining cash from our pockets every day, most New Jerseyans are trying to save money whenever and wherever they can. With that in mind, why not examine proven ways you can cut down on air conditioning expenses right now–and then create a plan to conserve on your heating costs next winter?

There are actually many small yet important energy conservation methods that can add up to impressive savings over time. Here is a closer look at some of the steps you can take to improve your home’s energy efficiency.

Be Diligent in Maintaining Your Heating Oil System

Regular maintenance is a vital money-saving investment for heating systems– not just because it can keep your equipment running safely and at peak efficiency, but also because four out of five heating system breakdowns are preventable if you follow the manufacturer’s maintenance recommendations. A tune-up allows your heating oil technician to fix minor issues before they become big problems (worn parts, etc.). Regular tune-ups can also help you conserve on heating fuel over the winter.

Maintenance Tasks You Can Handle on Your Own

If you have a forced-air system (one with vents rather than radiators or baseboards), the most important self-maintenance task you have is to check your air filters regularly, cleaning or changing them when needed. Check the manufacturer’s guidelines. Clogged filters rob your furnace of efficiency by making it overwork to keep you warm; that means higher heating bills and more wear and tear on your equipment. Note: the same principle about air filters applies if you have a central air conditioning system in your home.

If you have an older steam boiler, check the water gauge periodically. Low water levels are a leading cause of boiler shutdowns. Steam boilers should also be flushed when the water in the gauge looks rusty. If you have a modern hot water boiler, the boiler’s automatic filling system should maintain the proper water level.

Smart Programmable Thermostats Save Energy

When used correctly, a smart programmable thermostat will pay for itself in just a short time. If you choose a Wi-Fi thermostat, you can control your home’s temperature from your smartphone. In the winter, the optimal setting is 68°F when you’re at home. Dial it down toward the 60°F range when you’re asleep or out of the house. Don’t go too low or you’ll risk frozen pipes. The temperatures you ultimately choose will depend on factors like the outdoor temperature and your family’s comfort preferences. Remember, these are just guidelines.

Weatherize and Insulate

This is also a good time to caulk any air leaks around exterior doors and windows. While you’re at it, replace door weatherstripping that might have worn away.

In terms of insulation, most homes are under-insulated. Adding enough insulation to meet recommended R-values is one of the most cost-effective ways to improve your home’s overall efficiency and comfort. Read the Energy Department’s Guide to Home Insulation.

Use the Sun’s Free Heat in the Winter

During the cold months, keep curtains and shades open in sun-exposed rooms to absorb all that free heat and energy during the day, then close them at night to keep the heat in at night. Do the reverse in the summer by closing curtains and shades during the day to block solar heat. Smart window treatments can help manage solar energy throughout the year.

Close Fireplace Damper, Keep Vents & Radiators Clear

An open fireplace damper is like an open window; close it when you are not using your wood-burning hearth. You should also move any furniture, drapery or rugs away from air vents, baseboards or radiators. This helps improve airflow and keeps heat circulating into rooms.

To learn about how you can make a big impact on your home’s energy efficiency through upgrades to systems like high-efficiency heating oil boilers and heating oil furnaces, please go here.

What’s Happening with Heating Oil Prices in NJ?

Understanding the Energy Markets and Oil Price Fluctuations

oil barrel price new jerseyYou already know that the price you pay for heating oil in New Jersey can change from year to year. But it’s been a long time since we have seen such a dramatic rise in heating oil prices—although it’s true that prices have been trending slowly upward for quite some time.

What Is Happening With Energy Prices?

First, it’s important know that for the most part, the price of oil has been fairly stable since 2014. But there have been a lot of changes over the past year that have upended the markets.

Second, the market price of heating oil is always tied to a variety of factors that are constantly changing.

If you would like to view a long-term history of heating-oil prices in New Jersey, please go here.

The War in Ukraine

Global crude oil prices soared to their highest point in eight years after Russia invaded Ukraine in late February. As you probably know all too well by now, as the price of crude oil goes, so goes gasoline, heating oil, and the many other products derived from it.

Prior to this, energy prices in all sectors—oil, propane, natural gas and electricity—had been on a steady rise because global oil production hadn’t yet caught up with the pent-up demand that quickly followed the perceived end of the pandemic.

Even before the war in Ukraine further accelerated price increases, frenetic consumer spending–combined with persistent supply shortages–had sent inflation rates in our country to their highest level in 40 years. Economic experts say massive government spending over the past two years to combat the COVID-19 pandemic has also contributed to the inflation rate.

Possibly the only good news in all of this is that this price spike occurred near the end of winter, instead of at the beginning. You can view a heating oil price update from the U.S Energy Information Administration by going here.

So how did we get here and where are we going now?

Lagging Oil Supply

As was noted before, global crude oil production hasn’t yet caught up with pent-up demand. So, why can’t we just “drill for more oil at home?”

It’s not that simple. First, even if the U.S. did drill for enough oil and keep it all here to gobble up for ourselves, that crude oil would still be tightly married to the global oil market—and beholden to whatever the world’s highest bidder is willing to pay for it.

This “solution” is also ignoring the fact that, right now, oil companies are feeling enormous pressure to give up fast growth in favor of steadier profits and stock-boosting finance moves, such as higher dividends, more share buybacks, and reduced debt. Read more about this here.

Investors have also been reading the tea leaves and realize that a zero-carbon emissions world is not too far off in our future. Big money is holding back on fossil fuel investments as legislators try to move the country toward more renewable energy. Investors instead are looking to sink their money into long-term, profitable opportunities in the burgeoning green energy field. By the way, the heating oil industry is making excellent progress with making our fuel more dependent on renewable energy, too. Read about the benefits awaiting us in the future with Bioheat® fuel.

Another factor influencing oil companies is the painful memory of the breathtaking fall of crude oil prices during the early days of the pandemic. In the Spring of 2020, crude oil prices fell all the way to negative $30 per barrel! Traders actually had to pay buyers to take oil! Since then, however, prices have been steadily rising before they exploded in late February after the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

Could they drop that far again? Well, by mid-March, crude oil prices had begun to fall–but quickly took a U-turn and went up again as the situation in Ukraine remained unstable and the call for boycotts of Russian energy products picked up steam.

To say that we are currently in the midst of an extremely volatile energy market could be viewed as an understatement.

How Your New Jersey Heating-Oil Company Can Help

When prices spike like this, people tend to think that their local heating oil company makes more money. In fact, the opposite is true. Customers cut back on fuel use and they have trouble paying their bills. Meanwhile, heating oil companies have to pay their suppliers within a few days at much higher levels. Supply chain issues remain a big challenge to overcome. It’s an awful mess for everyone.

Although your local heating oil company cannot control world energy prices, they do have some ways to make things a little easier.  Consider your New Jersey heating-oil company your energy-saving partner, one that takes pride in delivering service with a personal touch.

During the heating season in New Jersey, your full-service heating-oil company will always maintain and ensure an ample supply of fuel to make sure you stay warm and safe.

Your local heating-oil company may be able to make life easier with automatic deliveries of fuel so that you don’t have to worry about calling for deliveries or running out of fuel when you need it the most.

To take away any worries about the normal ebb and flow of oil prices, contact your heating-oil company. Many companies offer programs designed to save you money and keep your heating bills manageable—no matter what happens with world oil prices or heating-oil prices in New Jersey.

Rest assured, your New Jersey heating oil supplier will do everything possible to ensure that they can make deliveries—no matter the cost or difficulty they face.

What Comes Next with Oil Prices?

We don’t know where things will go from here, but if history is a guide, we can expect to see prices drop pretty significantly in the not-too-distant future. If you would like to read the U.S. Department of Energy’s short-term energy outlook, please go here.

Nothing will make your local New Jersey heating oil company happier than when prices return to normal.  Until then, trust your heating oil supplier to look out for you and let’s hope that—regardless of what happens with energy prices—we will soon be living in a more peaceful world.

The Bioheat® Fuel Path to the Future

It’s One of the Cleanest Burning Heating Sources for Your Home

biofuel industry new jerseyIn much of the country, heating oil has been reformulated with Bioheat® fuel, which consists of ultra-low sulfur heating oil that’s blended with renewable biodiesel. Bioheat fuel blends represent the future of heating oil in our country, and New Jersey is one of the leaders in making this clean-burning fuel available to heating oil consumers in the Garden State.

The most refined grade of heating oil available, Bioheat fuel is one of the cleanest burning heating sources for your home. It reduces greenhouse gas emissions significantly and no changes to your existing heating oil system are necessary.

Reducing Our Carbon Footprint

Here’s why the use of Bioheat fuel is a game-changer in terms of reducing carbon emissions.

  • Bioheat fuel mixes low-carbon renewable liquids like biodiesel with conventional heating oil.
  • Biodiesel is a gallon-for gallon substitute for petroleum-based fuels, which have a higher carbon intensity.
  • By 2030, it’s estimated that biodiesel will displace 529 million gallons of heating oil.
  • Wide-spread use of Bioheat fuel in the Northeast annually avoids more than 1.5 million tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions.
  • 1.5 million tons of CO2 emissions is equivalent to removing 320,000 vehicles from the road—-or the equivalent of the emissions from the annual energy use in 180,000 homes.

Why Biodiesel Is Carbon Neutral

The biodiesel blend in Bioheat fuel is composed of various organic products, including vegetable oils, animal fats and even algae. New studies have also shown the viability of using various grasses for the production of biofuel.

Biodiesel is considered a biogenic fuel that eliminates carbon output. By contrast, when traditional fossil fuels that do not contain biodiesel are burned, they take carbon that was stored in soil and put 100% of that carbon into the atmosphere.

The combustion of biofuels and other biogenic energy sources recycles carbon-dioxide emissions through renewable plant materials and other biomass feedstocks. That’s why you’ll keep hearing a lot about net-zero carbon emissions in the years ahead.

Biodiesel Production Grows

Today, more than 125 production plants around the country make biodiesel. The United States biodiesel industry produces about three billion gallons of biodiesel now.

Increased production isn’t just about achieving a cleaner environment. It’s about building a stronger economy too.

The biodiesel industry supports nearly 60,000 jobs and generates billions of dollars in GDP, household income and tax revenues. And that number will grow in the years ahead.

Find out more about Bioheat fuel.

Why People in New Jersey Like Their Oilheat

oilheat new jerseyThere are so many benefits to living in an oil-heated home. Here is a prime example: the flame inside the heating oil system burns hotter than other types of systems. As a result, homeowners who use heating oil often report that their homes are warmer with a more evenly distributed heat.

Plus, you have so much choice about the company that delivers your oil and services your equipment. This way, you can select a company that best fits your needs and your budget.

New Jersey’s heating oil companies are fiercely competitive, surviving on slim margins to provide quality products and services to their customers. It’s this ultra-competitive landscape that works to the customer’s benefit, ensuring the best possible prices and the highest quality of service and support.

10 Reasons To Love Oilheat

Here are 10 more reasons why heating oil is a great way to go.

  1. The latest oil storage tanks are virtually leakproof. They’re constructed with corrosion-resistant galvanized steel and include a leak-detection system in case of emergencies.
  2. The development of ultra-low-sulfur heating oil and renewable Bioheat® fuel makes it possible for heating oil companies to deliver always-improving versions of heating oil.
  3. Contrary to what many people believe, heating oil will not burn in its liquid state and will not explode. In fact, if you were to drop a lit match into heating oil, the flame would go right out. Read more.
  4. Modern oil burners emit near-zero levels of pollution; heating with oil today means no odors, soot, or other residue in your home.
  5. Heating oil is very low risk when it comes to concerns about carbon monoxide. While malfunctions are rare, it’s worth noting that when they do occur, it’s usually due to a lack of maintenance. And if an issue happens to come up, the oil boiler or oil furnace will, in most cases, be shut off by the unit’s safety devices.
  6. Just a single gallon of heating oil provides an average of five hours of heat. Almost 140,000 Btu’s of heating energy are generated from every gallon of oil burned
  7. In a well-insulated home, an efficient, modern heating oil system can burn up to 40% less fuel than much older systems.
  8. When you upgrade your heating oil system to a more efficient one, you could be eligible for rebates.
  9. You’ll see a drop in your bill once you have an upgraded heating oil system that incorporates the latest fuel-efficient technology.
  10. Your heating oil company will always have an ample supply of fuel for your New Jersey home. There are no worries about aging infrastructure interfering with the supply of heating energy to your home.

Learn more about the benefits of Oilheat in New Jersey.