Bioheat® Fuel vs. Electricity

Policy makers in your area are pushing to phase out carbon-intensive fuels, including home heating oil, through electrification and carbon taxation over the next 10 to 30 years. These plans for local policies are based on positive objectives to reduce carbon emissions and protect the planet, but they aren’t foolproof. The push toward electrification poses a serious threat to local businesses and can have a negative impact on consumers and our communities.

The Consequences of Electrification

Costly Heating System Conversion

  • Converting a home to electric heating can cost up to $20,000, not taking into account cost lost for those who have already invested in high-efficiency Bioheat® heating fuel systems.
  • A recent study by ICF concluded that policy-driven electrification would increase the average residential household energy-related costs by approximately 38% to 46%, resulting in an increase to the average affected residential household of between $750 and $910 per year.

Electricity Isn’t as Clean as It Appears

  • Today, according to the U.S. Energy Administration, GHG-emitting fossil fuels are the largest sources of energy for electricity generation.
  • 91% of all coal burned in the United States goes to the country’s electric power grid.
  • 35% of US electricity is sourced from natural gas, which is primarily comprised of methane.
  • If methane is released into the atmosphere before being used, it is 84 times more potent than carbon dioxide over short periods of time and 30 times more potent over the long term.

Uncertain Performance & Increased Demand

  • Full electrification of the heating sector would increase demand that the current grid cannot handle.
  • Meeting this increased demand with 100% renewable energy has been deemed unrealistic by leading experts including the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, and the International Energy Agency.

Environmental Justice

  • Lower-income communities suffer from worse air quality conditions than high-income communities. Because electric heating systems will only be installed in communities that can afford them, only middle- and high-income communities will experience the improved air quality promised by electrification.
  • More electric heating systems will increase the winter grid load, causing everyone to pay higher rates for electricity, whether they have an electric heating system or not.
  • So, lower-income communities that can’t afford to convert will end up paying more for their electricity and continue to experience lower air quality.
  • Bioheat® fuel is an equitable and effective renewable energy source that requires no significant conversion cost and is readily available now.

Compromised Service

  • Electrification would leave consumers to place their comfort in the hands of a large utility company.
  • Consumers lose their choice to work with a local, family-run heating fuel supplier that offers specialized services including budget plans, service plans, price protection, and 24/7 emergency service.
  • Local, family-owned-and-operated fuel providers would be legislated out of business. On average these oil delivery companies employ 36 people from their communities.

Bioheat® Fuel Is an Alternative Solution

Bioheat® fuel is an immediate solution to reduce aggregate greenhouse gas emissions that is accessible, equitable, and available to consumers right now. Current blends of Bioheat® fuel oil produce significantly fewer emissions than traditional liquid heating fuels, and the industry will continue to increase blend ratios to become a carbon-neutral liquid heating fuel that is the cleanest, most sustainable residential heat source available on the planet.

GET THE FACTS

Available Today

Getting Bioheat® fuel delivered to your home is extremely easy. If you find that your current heating provider doesn’t carry Bioheat® fuel blends, a simple Internet search will more than likely turn up several fuel dealers in your area that do. Because transitioning to Bioheat® fuel is so simple, you can start reducing your carbon footprint and reining in your energy costs with an easy phone call today. If you’re unable to find a dealer close to you, please contact your state heating fuel association for further assistance.

Project Carbon Freedom

Tell Legislators That You Want a Choice

Some climate policies are pushing to switch to all-electric energy to reduce carbon emissions, but at what cost to you? Tell your legislators that you want to keep your choice to use a renewable fuel that is affordable, low carbon, and doesn’t require equipment conversions.

HOW TO CONTACT LEGISLATORS

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