If you’re among the many people in New Jersey who live in an oil-heated home, there’s a good chance that your heating oil company delivers a product that contains renewable ingredients that are making a significant impact in reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
That’s because many heating oil companies in New Jersey now deliver Bioheat® fuel—renewable biodiesel fuel blended with ultra-low sulfur heating oil. Bioheat fuel helps contribute to lower greenhouse gas emissions because it burns more cleanly than traditional heating oil. This also saves you money because of improved heating efficiency.
Biodiesel, also known as biofuel, 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.
Biodiesel is generally produced by agricultural byproducts, including used cooking oil, animal fats, inedible corn oil, soybean oil and canola oil. This puts excess oil and fats that would otherwise be discarded to good use. Food is never sacrificed for fuel in the production of Bioheat fuel. Bioheat fuel is also sourced and produced right here in the United States, supporting local farmers, local industries and local economies.
Bioheat fuel is readily available now through local retail oil companies and it requires no modifications to your existing system. Bioheat fuel has three tiers, based on the percentage of biodiesel it contains:
The end game is to transition to B100 Bioheat fuel (100% biodiesel/biofuel). We’re seeing important progress in this direction. Shortly after the Underwriters Laboratories (UL) updated its standards to include burners that use B100 Bioheat fuel, the R.W. Beckett Corporation announced that it had begun production of fully warranted burners with B100-compliant components. Beckett is the country’s largest producer of heating oil burners.
Additionally, the National Oilheat Research Alliance (NORA) has demonstrated that a home heated with 100% biodiesel and using solar panels to produce electricity can reach net-zero carbon emissions quickly — and at an economically viable cost.
All of this is exciting news for everyone who appreciates the many benefits of using heating oil to stay safe and warm, but wants to do their part to preserve our precious environment.
Beyond Bioheat fuel, there are other sustainable products that are transforming how we live our lives and slowing the harmful effects of climate change: