What You Need to Know about Bioheat® Fuel in New Hampshire
If you’re an oil consumer in New Hampshire, you may have heard about Bioheat® fuel. This cleaner, more sustainable fuel option was developed as a recent response to the push for finding renewable energy and alternative fuel sources here in New England. We’re here to keep you in the loop about the important details you should know regarding the renewable, recycled fuel source.
What is Bioheat® fuel comprised of?
Bioheat® fuel is a blend of renewable biodiesel and ultra-low sulfur home heating oil. Biodiesel is made domestically from a variety of agricultural or recycled resources, which are treated and purified for proper operation in oil heating equipment. Biodiesel is then mixed with ULS heating oil to create Bioheat® fuel. The blend ratio can vary, but the most common blend ratios contain 2% to 20% biodiesel.
What makes Bioheat® fuel renewable?
Biodiesel can be made from a variety of recycled resources that would otherwise be discarded into a waste management facility, including plant oils (soybean oil, peanut oil, etc.), animal fats, recycled cooking grease from restaurants, and even oil extracted from algae.
Doesn’t that take away from food resources for people and animals?
No, not in the slightest. A common misconception about Bioheat® fuel is that it takes soybean and corn crop and turns it into fuel; but the truth is that when these crops are being harvested, excess by-product is what’s turned into the biodiesel used to make Bioheat® oil. This means that increasing the demand for soybean oil, the demand for the crop increases, making more efficient usage for both farmers and buyers alike.
Is Bioheat® fuel better than standard number 2 fuel oil?
Yes, it is! Fuel oil consumers in New Hampshire should consider switching to Bioheat® fuel for a variety of beneficial reasons. Here are the top perks to providing Bioheat® fuel blends to your customers:
- Renewable with little extra energy input
- Supports more than 62,000 jobs in the country
- Most carbon-clean liquid fuel available in the country
- Highest energy balance of any commercially available fuel
- Feel great about their home heating fuel
Is Bioheat® fuel a requirement in New Hampshire?
While New Hampshire does not currently have a biodiesel requirement for heating oil, on-road diesel fuel must comprise at least 5% biodiesel. Still, consumers and dealers alike feel great about using a cleaner source of heating in their New Hampshire homes. To learn more about the fuel revolution, visit MyBioheat.com.