Bioheat Basics

Bioheat fuel is a blend of biodiesel and ultra-low-sulfur heating oil. It is a simple choice and a smart solution that requires no modification to your heating system and results in a better fuel for your home and the environment. Biodiesel is produced from a variety of renewable resources, such as plant oils, animal fats, recycled grease, and even algae, making it one of the most sustainable fuels on the planet. And with biodiesel, you don’t sacrifice food for fuel. Oils and fats for biodiesel are a minor by-product of producing high-protein feeds (soybean meal) and quality meats.


Biodiesel is produced in a chemical process called transesterification. Methanol is reacted with the fat or vegetable oil feedstock to create gylcerin in biodiesel. The glycerin is sold for use in the manufacture of soaps and other household products. The remaining, purified methyl esters are in fact biodiesel. Independent production facilities across the nation are capable of producing more than 3 billion gallons of biodiesel a year, using a variety of feedstocks. It is readily available through your local heating oil dealer.

Energy Balance

U.S. biodiesel reduces lifecycle carbon emissions by an average of 80 percent compared to petroleum fuel oil, making it the best carbon reduction tool of any U.S. liquid fuel commercially available. Biodiesel has the highest energy balance of any U.S. commercially available fuel, returning 5.54 units of renewable energy for every one unit of fossil energy needed to produce it. This energy-in, energy-out ratio is called “energy balance” or “fossil energy ratio.”

The Evolution of Oilheat

“We need a broad portfolio of clean energy technologies in order to achieve an affordable transition to a low-carbon-emission energy system … It’s important for policy makers and the public to understand we still have significant progress to make before we are have a realistic chance of achieving the required emissions reductions reliably and cost effectively.”
George R. Tynan, Professor, UC San Diego Center for Energy Research


Ultra-low-sulfur Bioheat® fuel is clean burning, renewable, cost and energy efficient, and safe.


Bioheat® fuel decreases our dependence on foreign oil, creates jobs, boosts agriculture, and cuts costs for consumers.


Bioheat® fuel is delivered by local oilheat dealers who have served their communities over several generations.


Bioheat® fuel has been thoroughly tested by the most prominent fuel research organizations in the world.


Available Today

Getting Bioheat delivered to your home is extremely easy. If you find that your current heating oil provider doesn’t carry Bioheat blends, a simple internet search will more than likely turn up several fuel dealers in your area who do. Because switching to Bioheat requires no modification to your existing heating system, you can start reducing your carbon footprint and reigning in your energy costs with a simple phone call today. If you’re unable to find a dealer close to you, please contact your state oilheat association for further assistance.

Dispense The Indispensable

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 supply chain outreach team will contact you as soon as possible.