Have you heard about electrification, yet? Policymakers and advocacy groups are making their case for electric-only heating solutions based on claims that it is the best option for low-carbon energy. But the fact of the matter is this: it’s not the only low-carbon solution out there. There are several alternative energy options, including Bioheat® fuel, that can achieve the same goals of reducing emissions and protecting our planet. And when all is said and done, wouldn’t you rather have your choice of all of the best options? Continue reading this blog post to learn more about why we should think twice about electrification.
What Is Electrification?
Electrification is the term for the legislative push towards all-electric solutions for home heating. If electric-only policies move forward, this would eliminate the option for homeowners and business owners to choose their preferred heat source and require anyone with liquid heating fuel to convert to electric heat solutions, like ductless mini-split heat pumps.
Top 4 Reasons to Reconsider All-Electric Energy
1. Expensive conversions
Whether you’re looking for alternative energy for your home or business, the cost is the main factor to consider. Converting an entire house or property to ductless mini-split heat pumps can cost upwards of $20,000. That’s a huge investment the average American simply can’t afford. Comparatively, Bioheat® fuel can be used in existing liquid heating fuel systems without the need for expensive equipment conversions.
2. Questionable environmental impact
A pillar of the electrification movement is the promise that the electricity you receive to heat and power your home is generated from renewable resources. The problem is that this all-renewable electric grid is far off in the future. According to the U.S. Energy Administration, greenhouse gas-emitting fossil fuels are currently the largest sources of electricity generation. Only 19% of the electricity in the United States is produced by renewable energy sources. Right now, Bioheat® fuel is an easily available and low-carbon energy option. It’s the only liquid heating fuel that can continually lower its carbon content until it reaches 100% net-zero emissions.
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3. Compromised service
Another thing to consider when weighing your renewable energy options is service. If you were to switch your home or business to all-electric, you’d lose the high-quality service you’ve come to know and love from your heating company. Instead, your heat would be dependent on a big, anonymous utility that can’t deliver the same customer care that a small, local business can provide. Bioheat® fuel has been adopted by local fuel businesses across the country and continues to be delivered by local community businesses dedicated to their customers.
4. Unpredictable availability
More homes and businesses using electric-only heat will put massive pressure on the electric grid. Without the proper infrastructure in place to support increased demand, everyone could experience more brownouts which would negatively impact your overall electricity supply and access. While heating systems that use Bioheat® fuel do require electricity to operate, existing systems already account for demand on the grid, and any new equipment using Bioheat® fuel wouldn’t contribute to nearly as much pressure as conversions for whole-home electric systems.
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What You Can Do to Keep Your Energy Options
At the end of the day, homeowners and business owners should have access to all of the alternative energy options available. If you want to keep your choice to use the best renewable energy solution for your home or business, now’s the time to speak up! Contact your fuel provider, ask about Bioheat® fuel, advocate for renewable energy diversity in your city and state.