Solutions to reduce carbon emissions are top of mind these days. Many policymakers believe that phasing out carbon-intensive fuels through electrification and carbon taxation is the best way to act against climate change. While it looks good on paper, electrification (the push to convert to all-electric heat) isn’t as foolproof as it appears to be. There are some environmental impact questions to consider before jumping all-in on electricity.
The Majority of Electricity Still Comes from Fossil Fuels
The most important thing to consider before switching to electric heat pumps is where that electricity is coming from. According to the U.S. Energy Administration, greenhouse gas-emitting fossil fuels are currently the largest sources for electricity generation. In fact, only 19% of the electricity in the United States is produced by renewable energy sources.
Electrification and Environmental Justice
For renewable energy to make an impact against climate change, it needs to be equitable for everyone to implement. Electrification promises to improve air quality while reducing emissions. But with the average cost to convert at $21,000, conversions will only be happening in higher-income communities that can afford that investment. So, higher-income communities will benefit from better air quality while lower-income communities will continue to suffer from poor air quality conditions.
Bioheat® Fuel Is an Equitable Option to Reduce Emissions
Electrification isn’t the only solution for renewable home heating. Bioheat® fuel is a renewable liquid heating fuel that is available right now without expensive conversions.
- A blend of renewable biodiesel and liquid heating fuel
- Made from agricultural byproducts
- Low-carbon, with plans to reach net-zero emissions by 2050
- No expensive conversions
- Available and ready right now
Looking for Bioheat® fuel in your area?
Get started with a quick Internet search, including your town, county, and state—more and more heating fuel dealers are delivering Bioheat® fuel today. If your provider does not offer Bioheat, ask them why not, then proceed to contact your state energy association listed below to begin your road to net zero.
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.
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If you’re a heating oil dealer interested in becoming a Bioheat® fuel provider, we can help. Please fill out the adjacent contact form, and a member of our Bioheat supply team will contact you as soon as possible.