When you become a homeowner, there are a lot of decisions to make. What Internet provider should you use? How will you decorate? Which lawn care company is the best in your town? If you live in a cold climate, one that tops the list is, of course, how will you heat your home?
The best part about owning your own home is that it’s your decision to choose how to heat it. You can make that choice based on your budget, property requirements, environmental-friendliness, personal preference, and so much more. But did you know that eventually it might not be your choice anymore?
Be on the Lookout for Forced Electrification
Legislators across the United States have begun to announce plans to reduce emissions and protect the planet. Many of these plans for the next 10-30 years include requiring residents to use only electrification for heating. While the intentions are in the right place, the requirement for electrification is a restrictive plan that doesn’t really have all of the answers.
How Will Electrification Affect Me?
Forced electrification means that the law will require homeowners to heat their homes with electricity instead of liquid fuels like home heating oil or propane. If your home is like many in the region, it uses oil heat. Forced electrification means that…
1. You will have to pay for an expensive heating system conversion.
If you have a home heating oil boiler or furnace, you will have to switch to an electric heating system. This is a major expense, especially because it requires not only changing out the heating system itself but outfitting the whole house to be compatible with the new system.
2. You will lose access to local, quality service.
Electric companies are major utilities that serve a massive customer base. Unfortunately, they aren’t known for the best customer service. In comparison, heating oil companies are mainly family-run operations with local employees that serve the areas they work in.
3. You might not get the heat you need.
Electric heating systems, like ductless mini-split heat pumps, aren’t the best solution for homes in cold climates. Often, they aren’t able to keep up with extreme cold temperatures without a supplementary heat source.
4. You won’t help the planet as much as you’d think.
Unfortunately, there is an abundance of misinformation out there about electricity. It’s not the cure-all solution to reducing emissions that some make it out to be:
- 91% of all coal burned in the U.S. goes towards the country’s electric power grid.
- Coal produces more than 25% of the country’s electricity.
- 35% of U.S. electricity is sourced from natural gas, which is primarily made of methane.
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An Alternative to Forced Electrification
So, is there another way to achieve these important environmental goals? The Bioheat® fuel industry is a much more viable option. Bioheat® fuel is made from a blend of renewable biodiesel and home heating oil. Currently, the highest blend available is 20% biodiesel (B20), and the industry has goals to achieve 50% biodiesel (B50) by 2030. Bioheat® fuel has the ability to solve the major flaws in the forced electrification plan because it is compatible with existing oil heat systems, is being delivered by local heating oil companies, provides a high heat output, and already produces significantly fewer emissions than traditional heating oil.
Electrification is an option, but it doesn’t have to be the one-size fits all solution to heating homes responsibly. Click here to read more about electrification and why Bioheat® fuel is the preferred alternative energy.