Bioheat® fuel is an alternative to traditional heating oil and natural gas. It combines ultra-low-sulfur heating oil (ULSHO) and biodiesel, which is a mix of renewable fuels including soybean oil, animal fats, and recycled cooking oil. Blending these renewable fuels into the mix reduces carbon emissions and improves efficiency.
Bioheat® is the only drop-in alternative fuel on the market today. All heating systems designed to run on regular heating oil are compatible with Bioheat fuel and don’t require any modifications to use it. Bioheat® also comes in a variety of blends, which are classified according to the percentage of renewable fuel they include. B5 fuels include 5% biodiesel, B10 includes 10%, etc.
Massachusetts requires all home heating oil dealers to include a minimum of 5% biodiesel in their fuel.
The Fuel Company’s Bioheat® blends up to B40, making it the cleanest fuel being delivered on Cape Cod. Plus, most of our biodiesel is sourced locally. So in addition to caring for the environment, our fuel also reduces landfill waste.
Bioheat® vs Heating Oil
Traditional heating oil is one of the least environmentally friendly energy sources you can find. It contains sulfur at a concentration of 4,000 ppm. For comparison, ultra-low-sulfur heating oil (ULSHO), which is the least green ingredient of Bioheat® fuel blends, contains a mere 15 ppm of sulfur.
Since the renewable energy sources in Bioheat® are carbon neutral, the fuel’s greenhouse gas emissions are even lower than those of ULSHO. B20 fuels reduce CO2 emissions by 14.6% and B50 fuels offer a 40% reduction when compared to traditional heating oil.
This clean-burning, high-efficiency blend of biodiesel and ULSHO outshines standard heating oil in every possible way. So it should be easy to understand why The Fuel Company is working hard to provide our customers with blends containing as much biodiesel as possible. At a minimum, our Bioheat fuel blends are B30 and go as high as B40. We’re committed to reducing carbon emissions and promoting a greener Cape Cod. We’ve set a target to provide B100 by 2050.
Bioheat® vs Natural Gas
As a stark contrast to traditional heating oil, natural gas has widely been viewed as one of the most environmentally friendly heating fuels. But even natural gas pales in comparison to Bioheat®.
Natural gas is composed mostly of methane, which can be as much as 86 times more dangerous than carbon dioxide if it leaks into the atmosphere before being burned. And natural gas leaks are much more common than most people think. Ignoring leaks, B20 fuels still emit fewer greenhouse gases than natural gas and the difference is even more pronounced in Bioheat blends with more biodiesel.
Heating your home with natural gas also costs more than doing so with Bioheat®. Although a gallon of Bioheat® costs more than a comparable amount of natural gas, it outputs 50% more heat. As a result, you could save hundreds of dollars on your heating bills every year with Bioheat®. And that’s before factoring in a costly gas conversion.
Why Bioheat® Matters
At The Fuel Company, we’re constantly thinking about how to reduce the environmental impact of our fuels. Last year, our fuels reduced emissions by nearly 25% when compared to traditional heating oil. This year, we expect to reduce them by 30%. And that’s only the beginning.
If you’re looking for the Cape Cod fuel company that delivers the cleanest possible fuel, you’ve found us. We’re thrilled to provide a fuel that’s proven to be greener than both natural gas and traditional heating oil. By 2050, our fuels will be as clean as the heat produced by the friction of rubbing your hands together. And we’re getting close to that goal every year.
Every step we take towards greener energy is a step in the right direction. And we want to make sure the next generations of our family and yours can enjoy the Cape’s natural beauty as much as we do.