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A Better Alternative Fuel

Let’s work together to reduce harmful greenhouse gases.

We believe in a comprehensive plan to deliver on our promise for a better tomorrow: a world with fewer carbon emissions, fewer pollutants and fewer storms caused by climate change. We also believe in delivering on that promise without taking away your choice in the type of heating fuel you use or forcing you to make a significant investment to change your entire heating system.

A lot of people want you to believe that the only way to get to that better tomorrow is by converting your home heating system to electric heat. We want to show you that there’s a better alternative. It’s called Bioheat® fuel.

Why Bioheat® Fuel is the Better Alternative:

  • Using Bioheat® fuel doesn’t add any costs to your home heating – it can be used in any oil-fueled heating system.
  • Using Bioheat® fuel helps eliminate the burning of more than 80 million gallons of fossil fuels1 in the Northeast every year.
  • The biodiesel used to produce Bioheat® fuel is made from a variety of sources including used cooking oils (UCO), animal fats or vegetable oils.
    • Your local restaurant probably works with a company that recycles its UCO to produce renewable biodiesel.
    • Recycling the 3 billion gallons of UCO produced in the U.S. each year reduces waste that would otherwise go into sewers and landfills and could replace up to 10% of petroleum-based diesel fuels, including heating oil.2
  • Bioheat® fuel reduces carbon emissions by up to 74% and other emissions up to 85%, compared to conventional heating oil.
  • While most homes use Bioheat® fuel blends of B2-B20 (2% to 20% biodiesel), B50 blends of 50% biodiesel and fully renewable, B100 liquid fuels are already being used in homes across the country.
  • Net-zero carbon homes are using Bioheat® fuel and solar energy to produce all the energy they need with no emissions and often send power back into the grid, further reducing the amount of fossil gas and coal emissions from power plants.
  • You get more warmth: one storage tank filled with Bioheat® fuel has the warming power of about 700 battery storage systems.
  • The Inflation Reduction Act includes tax credits up to $600 to help you upgrade to a higher efficiency heating system. Other efficiency credits and rebates may also be available. You can upgrade your older heating equipment, increase its efficiency and reduce carbon emissions even more using Bioheat® fuel.

Electric heat is not ‘green heating’:

  • Switching to all-electric heating and hot water could cost you anywhere from $18,500 to $42,000 in installation costs.3
  • You’ll be dependent on the electric utility for power and service.
  • You may not be as warm as you’d like. Only 15% of heat pumps are installed for “whole home” heating. More than 92% of heat pump installations are for cooling, comfort control of individual rooms or home additions, or are supported by an existing boiler or furnace when the outside temperature gets near or below freezing.
  • Your “clean electricity” is most likely going to be produced in a gas or coal-powered generation plant.
  • U.S. power plants use more than 500 million tons of coal each year4 – 90% of all coal consumed in the country.
    • That’s enough coal to fill more than 4.3 million train cars – a train that long would stretch more than 55,512 miles. That's long enough to zig-zag across the U.S. from New York to California more than 19 times!
  • Power plants account for more than one-third of annual U.S. consumption of natural gas.
    • Natural gas is mostly methane, a potent greenhouse gas that has approximately 84 times the global warming potential as carbon.
  • Power plants in the Northeast are the source of more than 24 billion tons of carbon emissions each year.5
    • That’s equal to the emissions from charging 2.6 trillion smartphones or driving almost 4.7 million cars each year.
  • More demand for electric power equals more carbon emissions.
  • The additional demands for electric power from homes and cars will strain the grid so much that utilities are already warning of power outages during peak periods, such as during extended cold snaps.
  • Upgrading the grid to accommodate widespread electrification is going to cost roughly $30,000 – $50,000 per home, as much as $7 trillion!6

Make your heating choice Bioheat® Fuel, the better alternative for clean heating. Learn more about Bioheat® fuel by talking to your local Bioheat® fuel retailer or contacting one of the many local, state and regional fuel associations.

1 Clean Fuel Alliance America, Biodiesel: The Northeast’s Carbon Solution, 2020
3 The Economics & Environmental Performance of Biodiesel vs. Electric Heat Pumps, R. Sweetser and R. Albrecht, 2019
4 EIA, Coal Data Browser, W.W. Electric Power
5 EPA, Power Plant Emissions Trends, Annual Carbon Emissions
6, February 25, 2021
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