ULS Environmental Benefits

A cleaner future for New Hampshire starts with a greener fuel. Today, traditional heating oil burns 95% cleaner than it did in 1970 [1]. Ultra-low sulfur heating oil has taken this clean movement in stride to become even better for the environment. In 2018, New Hampshire joined its neighboring states in making the switch to clean, efficient ULS heating oil. Ultra-low sulfur heating oil has a significantly lower sulfur content than traditional heating oil (15 ppm, compared to 4,000 ppm). But what does that mean for the environment? Learn how this transition will help protect the future for more New Hampshire residents.

Reduced Emissions

Less pollution in our air is better for our families and the environment. Ultra-low sulfur heating oil has found a way to significantly reduce nitrogen oxide (NOx), sulfur oxide, and particulate matter emissions without sacrificing the quality and convenience that comes with oil heat.

Less Pollution

The Effects of NOx and Emissions in Our Air

A greener future for New Hampshire means cleaner air. Nitrogen oxide emissions are linked to serious environmental issues and health effects in New Hampshire. According to the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), reducing emissions of NOx is a crucial component of their strategy for cleaner air [2]. NOx in our atmosphere contributes to:

  • Ground-level ozone smog
  • Water quality deterioration
  • Airborne particles
  • Global warming
  • Toxic chemicals
  • Visibility impairment

How Ultra-Low Sulfur Heating Oil Can Help

Sulfur oxide, particulate matter, and NOx are found in the emissions created by burning oil. A study by Brookhaven National Laboratory showed that in comparison to traditional heating oil, ultra-low sulfur heating oil reduced NOx emissions by 20-30% and sulfur oxide emissions and particulate matter by 99% [3]. This means that reducing the sulfur content of heating oil is directly linked to lowering emissions in our air. Ultra-low sulfur heating oil produces fewer of these harmful emissions into the atmosphere to help reduce the environmental impact on our health.

Starting in 2018, New Hampshire begins to breathe easier, thanks to the transition to ultra-low sulfur heating oil. 


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[1] Smart Touch Energy [2] Energy Protection Association [3] Brookhaven National Laboratory