Biofuel, also known as Bioheat, is a blend of ultra-low sulfur heating oil with renewable biodiesel made from organic and recycled products such as soybean oil, used cooking oils, inedible corn oil, canola, tallow, fats, and algae. With biofuel, homeowners can burn a better, safer, and more reliable fuel resulting in lower emissions, improved air quality, and better efficiency for your oil heating system. For biofuel blends up to 20%, there are no modifications necessary for your existing home heating equipment.
Benefits of Heating with Bioheat in Massachusetts
The environmental benefits of biofuel are significant. Here are just a few reasons why Massachusetts homeowners in the North Shore area are choosing biofuel for their fuel deliveries:
- Biodiesel lowers the carbon content of heating oil, as it is made from renewable, organic sources.
- Research conducted by leading authorities such as the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and the California Air Resource Board indicates that biofuel reduces Greenhouse Gas emissions (sulfur oxide, nitrogen oxide, and carbon dioxide) from 50% to 86% compared to traditional heating oil or diesel fuel.
- Additionally, research conducted by the National Oilheat Research Alliance (NORA) indicates that when ultra-low sulfur heating is blended with biodiesel at 20% (B20), this Bioheat fuel significantly reduces greenhouse gas emissions, making Bioheat cleaner than natural gas.
The Future of Oil Heat & Biofuels
Following extensive testing and research, American Society of Testing & Materials (ASTM), with support from the heating oil industry and the National Biodiesel Board, has set a standards for recommended percentage blends of biodiesel in heating oil. These percentage blend specifications are currently up to B20 (a 20% blend of biofuel). The heating oil industry along with the National Oilheat Research Alliance and the National Biodiesel Board are committed to introducing higher blends of biodiesel into the heating oil marketplace and these organization are conducting ongoing research on higher percentage blends of biodiesel in heating oil.