Bioheat® Fuel: The Cleanest Liquid Heating Fuel
October 29, 2020
Have you been keeping up with new advancements in the Massachusetts heating oil industry? If so, you’ve probably heard about Bioheat®. This clean, green fuel oil alternative provides our community with a cleaner option that produces fewer emissions and lower sulfur content than traditional #2 heating oil. We’re here to keep you up to date on the latest state-mandated guidelines and restrictions regarding the use of Bioheat® (or lack thereof) in the state of Massachusetts.
Understanding Different Blends of Bioheat®
Bioheat® is not mandated in the state of Massachusetts, but it is becoming widely used by heating oil providers across the state. Bioheat® is made by blending ultra-low sulfur heating oil with renewable biodiesel. These blends can range from 2% biodiesel, also known as B2, up to 20% biodiesel, known as B20.
Percentages of biodiesel blended into fuel oil are represented by numbers. B2 is 2% biodiesel and 98% ultra-low sulfur (ULS) heating oil, while B20 is 20% biodiesel and 80% ULS heating oil.
Homeowners and Oil Heat Consumers Love Bioheat®
Switching to (or increasing blend percentages of) Bioheat® is a win-win for both distributors and consumers. Bioheat® allows distributors to support local jobs and make a positive difference in Massachusetts, while the alternative fuel gives homeowners longer equipment longevity and a reason to feel great about their heat source. Every heating oil company should be striving to increase biodiesel percentages in order to continue providing Massachusetts and its residents with the sustainable and renewable heat source they deserve.
The Future of Bioheat® and Clean Energy
Massachusetts and other New England states are aiming to go carbon-free by 2050, which involves slowly increasing biodiesel percentages at a rate that makes sense for their suppliers and the industry as a whole. As the heating oil industry progresses toward a more sustainable and eco-friendly future, oil and HVAC employees should be active in learning about present standards, requirements, and efforts to create a cleaner Massachusetts through the use of biodiesel blends. If you would like to start learning more about Bioheat® today, please feel free to visit MyBioheat.com.