With all the news surrounding the development of sustainable energy sources, our Net-Zero Heroes™ might be asking themselves “is Bioheat® Fuel really better?” We’re here to explain why Bioheat® Fuel and biodiesel are not only the right choice but the best choice for a sustainable future.
It should come as no surprise to our Net-Zero Heroes™ that biodiesel and Bioheat® Fuel are much better for the environment than many traditional and alternative fuel sources. Made from renewable feedstock like soybeans, used cooking oil, and animal fats, Bioheat® Fuel blends Ultra-Low Sulfur Heating Oil with biodiesel, creating an environmentally friendly home heating fuel. When compared with petroleum diesel, biodiesel reduces particulate matter by 47 percent and hydrocarbon emissions by 67 percent, AND reduces total lifecycle greenhouse gases by 86 percent! In addition, for every unit of fossil fuel energy it takes to produce biodiesel, 3.5 units of renewable energy are returned, which is the best of any U.S. fuel.
The Bioheat® Fuel and biodiesel industry supports over 62,000 jobs and is continuing to grow as fuel production and adoption increases nationwide. For every 100 million gallons of biodiesel that are produced, the industry creates 3,200 more jobs. As adoption increases, so does production and the workforce needed to produce biodiesel. The biodiesel industry also generates billions of dollars in GDP, household income, and tax revenue, as well as helping local businesses thrive. Bioheat® Fuel is most often delivered by local, family-run businesses that have been serving communities for generations, staffed by employees who live and work in the same areas. Delivering Bioheat® Fuel helps support these local jobs, and brings more economic activity into local businesses.
If you’re thinking about bringing Bioheat® Fuel into your home, you can rest assured that it’s highly tested and regulated. Bioheat® Fuel and Biodiesel are held to the highest standards of quality and production so they perform safely and efficiently in your system.
In order for a fuel to be called Bioheat® Fuel, it can only be made with ASTM D6751 grade biodiesel. ASTM International sets the technical standards for the global biodiesel industry and biodiesel is the only renewable replacement for traditional heating fuel that has its own ASTM specification. This specification is created by a consensus of qualified engineers across the industry and around the world. Additionally, independent studies by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Southwest Research Institute, Brookhaven National Laboratory, and the US Department of Agriculture have shown that ASTM-grade biodiesel can blend seamlessly with traditional heating fuel, creating Bioheat® Fuel!
It's Available Now!
That’s right, biodiesel and Bioheat® Fuel are available to residential and commercial consumers right now! With Bioheat® Fuel and biodiesel, there’s no waiting for future innovation down the line, it’s readily available and being used across the country. Your current diesel-powered vehicle or home heating system doesn’t need any modification to be able to use biodiesel or Bioheat® Fuel, so you can start using it right now! With widespread availability, many governments across the United States are adopting biodiesel and Bioheat® Fuel, including New York! Thanks to the New York State Biofuel Mandate, homeowners who use heating oil to heat their homes in New York City, Long Island, and Westchester County, have at least B5 Bioheat® Fuel delivered automatically to their residence.
Many cities are also using biodiesel in their municipal fleets! New York City uses biodiesel to fuel 11,000 vehicles, using over 10 million gallons of biodiesel to power vehicles like fire and sanitation trucks. In Washington D.C., The Department of Public Works, which utilizes more than 4,000 government vehicles, mandated the use of 100 percent biodiesel (B100) in most of its diesel fleet. In 2018, the District of Columbia used 120,000 gallons of biodiesel in government vehicles, which resulted in 1,000 fewer tons of greenhouse gas emissions.
Building a Sustainable Future
When it comes to alternative and renewable fuels, there is no clearer choice than Bioheat® Fuel and biodiesel. You would be hard-pressed to find a fuel that consistently maintains rigorous production standards, low emissions, and supports American jobs like Bioheat® Fuel and biodiesel. Learn more about Bioheat® Fuel right here on todaysbioheat.com and become a Net-Zero Hero™!