A more sustainable option to heating your home
Combine renewable biofuel with home heating oil for a greener solution
Historically, natural gas has had a slight edge over heating oil when it comes to greenhouse gas emissions. Now, all that has changed. Heating oil in Connecticut is now an ultra-low sulfur content fuel, which has resulted in lower emissions and improved equipment life. Blended with biofuel, the result is Bioheat®, which in the right ratio results in lower greenhouse gas emissions than natural gas.
What is biofuel?
Biofuel – specifically biodiesel – is a type of fuel made from renewable sources such as vegetable oils and animal fats. It can be used for the same purposes as fossil fuels, such as powering cars and heating homes.
Although biodiesel can be used alone, it generally requires modifications to the equipment that uses it. These modifications can be minor or even avoided if the fuel uses a blend with 20% or less biodiesel.
The most common biodiesel blends in the United States are marketed under the brand name Bioheat®. A Bioheat blend with 2% biodiesel is referred to as “B2,” a blend with 5% is “B5” and so on up to “B100,” which is pure biodiesel.
How much does biofuel cost?
Since biofuel blends contain both biofuel and heating oil, pricing varies based on pricing of both resources. In particular, the heating oil market varies with global geopolitical situations and general oil demand, while the biodiesel market varies with the price of vegetable oil commodities such as soybeans. We currently supply a B5 blend at no additional cost to customers, but like any exchange-traded commodity, the price changes daily.
On the other hand, biofuel burns more completely than heating oil, and it reduces maintenance costs by cleaning and lubricating your heating system.
Why consider biofuel?
Using biofuel in your home or business is an excellent way to think globally and act locally. Advanced biofuels like biodiesel are much better for the environment than fossil fuels. Biodiesel produces fewer harmful emissions – including greenhouse gas emissions – during production and combustion. Biofuel is also biodegradable and nontoxic, and it burns cleaner than heating oil while providing the same amount of heat. This can improve energy efficiency and reduce maintenance costs.
Wesson’s goal is to use biofuel sourced at least partly from reclaimed and used vegetable oil from Connecticut and New England. This will help repurpose local waste streams and use them productively.
How can you get biofuel?
Wesson Energy can work with you to determine the best mix of energy sources to fit your budget, your concerns and your desired comfort level. If you decide that biofuel is a good match for your needs, we can deliver it upon request, after reviewing your home heating equipment vmanufacturer’s warranty and recommendations. You can make the switch at any time, whether you have regular heating oil in your tank currently or if it’s completely empty. And with our automatic delivery services, you will always have the appropriate fuel in your tank.
Wesson offers a B5 blend, but we will likely offer B10 or even B20. Blends above that level might require additional actions, such as checking warranties and making sure the tank is indoors.
To request biofuel from us or for more information, please contact us today. Our knowledgeable and experienced customer care and service staff will be happy to answer all your questions.