ULS Environmental Benefits

A cleaner future for New Hampshire starts with a greener fuel. In 2018, New Hampshire joined its neighboring states in making the switch to clean, efficient ULS heating oil. This lower-emission oil alternative means that NH residents can feel better about the fuel they use to heat their homes, leaving behind a cleaner environment for future generations. Keep reading this page to learn more about what ultra-low sulfur heating oil is and the reasons it’s better for our families and the planet.

Reduced Emissions

Ultra-low sulfur heating oil has a significantly lower sulfur content than traditional heating oil (15 ppm, compared to 4,000 ppm), and the Brookhaven National Laboratory found that ultra-low sulfur heating oil produces 97% fewer airborne emissions than traditional fuel. But what does that mean for the environment? Learn how this transition will help protect the future for more New Hampshire residents.

Ultra-low sulfur heating oil has significantly reduced nitrogen oxide (NOx), sulfur oxide, and particulate matter emissions while still maintaining the quality and convenience that comes with oil heat.

Less Pollution

Reduction of NOx Emissions

A greener future for New Hampshire means cleaner air. 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.

Since 2018, New Hampshire has been moving towards a cleaner future, 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