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Is Heating Oil Bad for the Environment?

The Oil in Your Tank Burns Cleaner Than Ever

heating oil Chittenden, vt Oil Heat has a bad reputation. But the technological advances over the last few decades have resulted in fuel that burns 95% cleaner than it did in the 1970s. In fact, the heating oil in your tank burns so cleanly, producing such negligible emissions that the Federal Clean Air Act doesn’t even regulate it anymore.

How is this possible? Advances in refining processes have produced ultra-low sulfur heating oil that’s better for customers in many ways. The quality of the oil in your tank has a big impact on how efficiently your system runs, how long your equipment lasts—and how much fuel you need to burn to keep your home comfortable. It also has a big impact on the environment. That’s why ultra-low sulfur heating oil has been mandated in Vermont since 2018.

So how much cleaner is it? Traditional heating oil has a sulfur content of up to 4,000 parts per million. In contrast, ultra-low sulfur heating oil has a sulfur content of just 15 parts per million.

Improved Efficiency Helps You Save

Ultra-low sulfur heating oil isn’t just better for the environment, it’s better for your wallet. Heating oil is already more efficient than natural gas in terms of Btu content. You need to burn about 40% more natural gas to receive the heating equivalent of heating oil. Cleaner, ultra-low sulfur heating oil burns even more efficiently—helping to keep heating costs down even more. Ultra-low sulfur heating oil also opens the door to super-efficient heating systems, which can increase the advantages of heating oil over natural gas even more. Research conducted by the Energy Research Council/Brookhaven National Laboratory found fuel savings as high as 48.3% when outdated equipment is replaced with a new, high-efficiency boiler.

That all adds up make ultra-low sulfur oil the best choice for keeping your home and family warm through a damp, cold Vermont winter. Other options, like natural gas and electricity, just don’t provide the same heating energy.

Better for Your Equipment

Cleaner fuel also protects your equipment. The quality of the oil in your tank has a big impact on how long your equipment lasts. Less sulfur also means less build-up in your equipment. That translates to fewer breakdowns and lower maintenance costs for you.

Need a Heating Oil Delivery?

Starting the season with a full tank is a great way to make sure you’re ready for whatever the season brings—whether it’s an early storm or an extended deep freeze or just the fill-up off your to-do list. Jack Corse has been helping families keep comfortable with reliable heating oil deliveries across northern Vermont since 1947. We offer a wide range of services to help make winter easier, from automatic delivery service to budget-friendly payment options to keep your heating bills manageable. We also offer tank inspections—Vermont law requires all heating oil tanks be certified every three years.

Contact us for more information today.