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Heating Oil Vs. Natural Gas: The Big Facts

Let’s talk environmental friendliness

facts about biofuels connecticutIf you’re building, renovating or buying your home here in Fairfield County, you have a choice in how it will be heated.

If you’re weighing the options of heating oil and natural gas in your Connecticut residence, while taking energy efficiency and environmental friendliness into account, we have some real surprises for you.

Many would think that natural gas would be the top choice on both those counts. But today’s heating oil is not the heating oil of your parents’ or grandparents’ day.

One big fact that proves it: In the last 40 years, the amount of greenhouse gas emissions from heating oil have plummeted by more than 33 percent!

You may be asking, “How could that happen?” The answer is simple: Biofuels.

And now you may be asking, “What are biofuels?” Biofuels are a blend that comes from several renewable resources like animal fats, soybeans, algae, recycled restaurant cooking grease, and plant oils including sunflower, rapeseed, canola, vegetable and palm. Heating oil is combined with biofuel to create today’s ultra-clean, ultra-efficient, heating oil!

At Rural Fuels, you get Bioheat ULSHO (ultra-low sulfur heating oil) as mandated by the state of Connecticut. It’s estimated that using Bioheat ULSHO has reduced the state’s carbon emissions by nearly 365,000 metric tons since implementation. That’s pretty environmentally friendly if you ask us!

Other heating oil benefits

That environmental friendliness is just the beginning of why heating oil tops natural gas for your home.

Thanks to adding biofuels to heating oil, the cleaner burn you get from our Bioheat is easier on your heating system which means less wear, fewer repairs and a longer life expectancy.

With heating oil, your heating fuel is right there at your home. You’re not dependent on a utility’s grid, and won’t be left without heat if something goes wrong in your neighborhood. Heating oil can be used anywhere!

Heating oil home heating systems are also easier and much, much less expensive to install than natural gas. Think about some of the long driveways we have. You’re going to have to have a very long pipe laid to reach the connection at the street (if connection is even possible at all!). Then there are all the connections and hookups inside. You could be facing a bill of $10,000 (or more!) for natural gas installation. And you won’t be getting a return on that investment anytime soon.

But, if you install today’s high-efficiency oil heating systems, you can have efficiencies at around 95 percent. If you’re upgrading your old heating system, that can save you 30 percent on your bills right out of the gate.

Rural Fuels makes having oil heat in your home easy with our automatic heating oil delivery that protects you from running out, as well as pricing plans and payment options for ease in managing your heating oil costs. We may even be able to help you save money by taking advantage of rebates and tax incentives!

Find out more about Rural Fuels heating oil delivery and equipment services. Get in touch with us today to get started!