Keeping your home warm during the winter is a necessity. However, many of the fuels used in heating systems are damaging the environment. Fortunately, though, there are fuels that have less of an environmental impact. Biofuel, for example, is an eco-friendly heating source that’s highly efficient and cost-effective. Here’s what you need to know about this fuel source.
A Quick Guide to Biofuel
What is it?
Unlike coal and other traditional fuel sources, biofuel is created from renewable resources. Two of the most common types of biofuels are ethanol—produced from corn—and biodiesel—made from fats and oils from vegetable and animal products. Biodiesel's lubricating properties reduce wear and tear on furnaces, and, as a clean fuel source, it helps remove old buildup left behind from traditional heating oil. As a result, homeowners are able to reduce some of the long-term costs of maintaining their home heating systems.
How is it used?
Biofuel is often mixed with traditional fuels. In homes, heating oil and biodiesel are blended together to power oil furnaces. Some homeowners use pure biodiesel to heat their homes.
How does it contribute to sustainability?
Biofuel is renewable, clean-burning, and produces fewer pollutants than traditional alternatives. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, a pure blend of biodiesel reduces carbon emissions by around 75% while a mixture that contains 20% of this fuel offers a 15% reduction.
Is a system upgrade needed?
Most oil-burning furnaces use biodiesel blended with a traditional fuel. However, using pure biofuel requires you to upgrade certain parts of your system, including the rubber tubing and seals. Higher concentrations of biodiesel also require more frequent filter changes during the first few months of operation as sludge buildup is removed. A heating specialist can determine the best blend for your furnace, as well as advise you on any upgrades needed.
When you need biofuel for your furnace, contact Apple Oil. For over 30 years, this heating oil company has provided affordable and reliable deliveries to homeowners across Fairfield and New Haven, CT, counties. Visit their website or call (203) 934-3835 to learn more about their services. Make sure to ask about their discounts for new customers, as well as their same-day delivery services if you call before noon.