Written on: November 27, 2023
Heating oil has a bit of a bad reputation. And yet, nearly 40 percent of Connecticut homes use heating oil to stay warm. That’s because heating oil is better at generating heat and keeping your home warm, particularly through a cold, damp northeast winter. Other fuels just don’t provide the same heating energy.
So what is heating oil —and why does it perform so well?
Heating oil is a refined form of crude oil which comes from deep wells both on land and offshore. One of the biggest changes in heating oil in recent years has been the development of ultra-low sulfur heating oil. In fact, all the heating oil delivered in the northeast is ultra-low sulfur heating oil. Ultra-low sulfur heating oil is cleaner—and cleaner-burning—than “regular” heating oil. And biofuels take it a step further. Bioheat fuel is a blend of ultra-low sulfur heating oil (ULSHO) and biofuels. Biofuels are made from renewable resources such as animal fats, recycled restaurant oils and plant oils such as soybean. Every gallon of heating oil Marandola delivers is B5 Bioheat, an even cleaner and more environmentally friendly form of heating oil.
When ULSHO is mixed with biofuels, it creates a cleaner-burning heating fuel that emits up to 80% less sulfur dioxide as well as 20% less carbon dioxide than traditional heating oils. Fewer greenhouse gases mean cleaner air and a more sustainable future for everyone!
Because Bioheat fuel burns cleaner, it leaves fewer deposits in your heating system, which reduces wear on parts and saves you costs on repairs. Also, when your heating system runs more efficiently, it will save you money on energy costs. And you don’t have to replace, alter, or add to your home’s heating system to use Bioheat fuel.
The heating oil industry is working towards making B50 Bioheat fuel, which is made with 50% biofuels, the standard by 2030. It’s part of the efforts the industry is taking to reach its goal of being carbon neutral by 2050.
ULS and bio-blend heating oil provides all the benefits of traditional heating oil – and many more. One of the key benefits of heating oil is that it has a higher BTU output per gallon. That means it will warm up your home faster than other types of fuels. Higher BTUs also means you’ll use your heating oil supply more slowly than, say, propane. That means you will pay less to heat your house with heating oil, even if the per-gallon cost of propane is less.
ULS heating oil is incredibly safe. It doesn’t ignite at room temperature, and is nonflammable in liquid form. In order to burn, it must be heated to 114° and vaporized via the combustion process.
If you heat your home with oil, you need a company you can count on for reliable heating oil delivery service. That inherently means offering fair, transparent pricing, but it also means offering true reliability. That’s what families and businesses in Litchfield County and beyond know they get from Marandola. They count on us for every-day needs and convenient services like automatic delivery (so you never have to think about calling for fuel) and budget friendly payment options that take the sting out of winter bills.
Contact us today and let us know how we can help you!