7 Reasons Ultra-Low Sulfur Heating Oil Is Important

Lower Sulfur Content Generates Fewer Emissions

heating oil wisconsin The quality of your heating oil has a big impact on how efficiently your boiler or furnace operates and how long your equipment lasts. That’s why your Wisconsin heating oil company provides the cleanest fuel possible. It’s simply better for the environment and better for your heating oil system.

The heating oil industry continues its commitment to fight climate change by improving efficiency and cleanliness. This is due to the combination of ultra-low-sulfur heating oil (ULSHO) and Bioheat® fuel.

Why ULSHO Makes a Difference

  1. ULSHO has 99% less sulfur in it than the heating oil from the past.
  2. The changeover to ULSHO has resulted in a reduction in emissions of over 70%, compared with the emissions produced by traditional heating oil with higher amounts of sulfur.
  3. You benefit from better heating efficiency and easier maintenance, since ULSHO creates fewer deposits on heat exchangers.
  4. ULSHO allows for the use of super-efficient heating systems, which are already being used with great results outside of the United States.
  5. A buildup of sulfur in the heating system can lead to system maintenance issues. The drastic reduction of sulfur means that there will be far fewer system issues, which will lead to lower maintenance costs for Wisconsin homeowners who rely on heating oil.
  6. Because there is virtually no sulfur in the heating system now thanks to ULSHO, your heating oil system can burn the fuel more efficiently, resulting in lower heating bills.
  7. ULSHO is extremely clean-burning, producing near-zero particulate emissions.

Matching ULSHO with Bioheat® Fuel

Heating oil companies in Wisconsin remain on a proven pathway to reduce carbon emissions (CO2) with their embrace of Bioheat® fuel. This clean-burning fuel–also referred to as advanced biofuel – blends ULSHO with recycled and organic materials such as animal fats, used cooking oil, and vegetable oils. This renewable liquid fuel is approved by the Environmental Protection Agency, and it’s produced under rigid specifications.

Bioheat Fuel and Lower Emissions

Bioheat fuel cuts harmful greenhouse gas emissions significantly because it achieves emissions reductions of at least 50% compared to all-petroleum heating oil. Using Bioheat fuel instead of traditional heating oil means reductions not only in carbon dioxide, but in sulfur dioxide, particulate matter, and mercury.

The production process for Bioheat fuel has multiple benefits. It diverts waste products from landfills and puts them to good use. It also supports American farmers and biodiesel producers.

The production process puts excess oil and fats to good use. Food is never sacrificed for fuel in the production of Bioheat fuel.

Biodiesel (biofuel) is now being produced at more than 125 production plants around the country. Today, these facilities produce about three billion gallons of biodiesel each year.

Biofuel production isn’t just about achieving a cleaner environment. Bioheat fuel is sourced and produced right here in the United States, supporting local farmers, local industries and local economies. The U.S. biodiesel and renewable diesel industries now support about 65,000 U.S. jobs and more than $17 billion in economic activity each year.

Renewable Biofuel Made in Wisconsin

Right here in the Badger State, the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh has partnered with biogas producer Agra Energy to build a first-of-its kind commercial facility that will turn dairy farm waste into renewable biofuel. The facility, located at Dairyland Farm in New Franken, uses advanced technology to convert biogas waste into an estimated 750,000 gallons of renewable diesel and jet fuel annually.

What’s Next for Bioheat® Fuel?

The end game is to transition to B100 Bioheat fuel (100% biodiesel/biofuel). We’re seeing important progress in this direction. Shortly after the Underwriters Laboratories (UL) updated its standards to include burners that use B100 Bioheat fuel, two manufacturers announced that they had begun production of fully warranted burners with B100-compliant components.

Additionally, the National Oilheat Research Alliance (NORA) has proven that a home heated with 100% biodiesel and using solar panels to produce electricity can reach net-zero carbon emissions quickly — and at an economically viable cost.

As you can see, there is a lot of good news to celebrate for anyone who relies on heating oil to stay warm and safe.