Q: What is Bioheat® fuel?
A: Bioheat® fuel is a blend of heating fuel with renewable biodiesel.
Q: What is biodiesel?
A: Biodiesel is a renewable liquid fuel made from by-products that would otherwise be wasted, like:
- Soybean oil
- Inedible corn oil
- Animal fats
- Canola oil
- Used cooking oil
Q: What makes biodiesel renewable?
A: Biodiesel is a renewable resource because the materials used to make it are agricultural by-products, also known as feedstocks. They are readily available, made during agricultural production, and would go to waste if not used to make biodiesel.
Q: How does Bioheat® fuel compare to traditional heating fuel?
A: The main difference between Bioheat® fuel and traditional heating fuel is that Bioheat® fuel has a percentage of biodiesel in it. Bioheat® fuel contains blends ranging from 2% biodiesel up to 20% biodiesel right now. This blend of biodiesel makes Bioheat® fuel cleaner, better, and safer for the environment and our communities because it produces significantly fewer emissions and is cost-effective for consumers. Though Bioheat® fuel is different from traditional heating fuel, it can be used in existing heating systems without expensive conversions.
Q: Are there different types of Bioheat® fuel?
A: Yes, there are different types of Bioheat® fuel blends ranging from B2 Bioheat® fuel (2% biodiesel) up to B20 Bioheat® fuel (20% biodiesel). The industry plans to continue to increase the blend of biodiesel to achieve net-zero carbon emissions by 2050.
Q: What are the most common uses for Bioheat® fuel?
A: Bioheat® fuel is primarily used for space heating. It can be used to heat homes, businesses, or multifamily dwellings. Bioheat® fuel is stored in a fuel tank and is compatible with traditional heating fuel systems, like boilers and furnaces.
Q: Is Bioheat® fuel a safe option for my home?
A: Yes, Bioheat® fuel is extremely safe. It is nontoxic and produces significantly fewer emissions than traditional heating fuels, making it safe for your home and the environment. Plus, should there ever be an equipment issue, Bioheat® fuel shows clear warning signs like smoke so that you can quickly alert your heating provider for assistance.
Q: Can I use Bioheat® fuel in my existing heating system?
A: Yes! If you have an existing heating system and fuel tank, you can use Bioheat® fuel.
Q: Does Bioheat® fuel cost more?
A: Bioheat® fuel is valued and priced comparably to traditional heating fuels on the market. Bioheat® fuel does enhance the operational performance of your equipment, keeping it cleaner and optimized to deliver more efficiency with each and every gallon. Additionally, you will save thousands of dollars required to electrify your home by relying upon your existing heating system.
Q: What is an average Bioheat® fuel bill?
A: An average Bioheat® fuel bill is dependent on several factors, including daily outdoor temperatures, fuel storage tank size, and property size. Each Bioheat® fuel bill is unique; however, Bioheat® fuel is priced comparably to other heating fuels on the market, so if you start using it, you shouldn’t see a drastic change in your heating bill.
Q: How long will my Bioheat® fuel last?
A: How long a tank of Bioheat® fuel lasts depends on several factors, including daily outdoor temperatures, fuel storage tank size, property size, and equipment efficiency. If you have a high-efficiency boiler or furnace, it will require less fuel to heat your home, thus making your Bioheat® fuel supply last longer. Bioheat® fuel burns cleaner in heating equipment, which also helps make the supply last longer compared to other traditional heating fuels.
Q: Is Bioheat® fuel really better for the environment?
A: Yes. Unlike other renewable energy options, Bioheat® fuel is helping to cut carbon emissions right now. Using Bioheat® fuel today helps contribute to decarbonization like compound interest. The sooner you start, the greater the results will be. Bioheat® fuel is already a low-carbon fuel, and the industry has committed to reaching net-zero carbon emissions with 100% renewable Bioheat® fuel by 2050.
Q: Why is Bioheat® fuel such a great renewable energy option?
A: There are three major reasons why Bioheat® fuel is the number-one renewable energy choice:
- It doesn’t require expensive conversions. According to a study conducted by Diversified Energy Specialists (DES) for a 2020 IHS Markit report, converting a home to ductless heat pumps can cost up to $21,500.
- Bioheat® fuel has a low carbon score right now, and it has the ability to continue to reduce its carbon content into the future.
- Bioheat® fuel will keep your home warm even on the coldest winter days. The same DES study showed that after a five-year period, ductless heat pumps did not provide sufficient heat for an entire home.
Q: How does Bioheat® fuel compare to electricity?
A: Electric heat pumps are presented to consumers as another option to help reduce emissions and save energy. However, electric heat pumps have their own pitfalls when compared to Bioheat® fuel. While Bioheat® fuel can be used in existing heating systems, converting a home to electric heat pumps costs upwards of $20,000. Also, right now the majority of the electricity in the United States is still powered by greenhouse gas–emitting traditional fuels. Click here to learn more about Bioheat® fuel versus electricity.