Written on: May 13, 2016
Heating oil remains one of the cleanest, safest and most reliable fuels your money can buy. The plunge in prices over the last two years means it’s an even better value, proving once again that heating your home with oil remains one of the wisest things you can do.
1. Greener fuel.
There is continued movement toward using ultra-low-sulfur heating oil. This is a clean-burning fuel that produces fewer carbon emissions than natural gas, which has become more of a carbon producer due to the growing use of liquefied natural gas. Meanwhile, methane leaks from natural gas have become a big environmental concern.
2. Clean-Burning Technologies.
Modern oil burners emit near-zero levels of pollution; heating with oil today means no odors, soot or other residue in your home. (See the chart at right.) Widespread use of ultra-low-sulfur fuel oil, combined with cutting edge emissions-control technologies, can reduce already low emissions even further.
3. Fuel conservation advances.
Oil heat systems are cleaner, greener and more economical than ever. The latest heating systems are small, smart and super-efficient and can save you as much as 30% on your annual heating costs.
4. High-tech hybrids.
Solar and geothermal energies are being integrated with oil heat in hybrid systems for water heating. That means a household’s water can be heated with little or no fuel required. A solar water heater can reduce water heating bills by as much as 80% and reduce annual carbon dioxide emissions by 6,000 pounds.*
* U.S. Department of Energy.
5. Abundant supply.
The new American oil revolution is now a reality. Domestic oil production has reached its highest point since the 1970s. As a result, most experts expect oil prices to stay lower for the foreseeable future.
6. Great value.
Crude oil prices recently plunged to their lowest level since December 2003! The price drop has been so significant that heating oil is once again less expensive than natural gas when you apply an apples-to-apples comparison — a gallon of heating oil generates 40% more Btu’s of heat than an equivalent amount of natural gas. What’s more, gas utilities impose a surcharge on their customers that adds to the cost of heating a home with gas. They also charge customers for lost gas!
7. Guaranteed service response.
You can always expect a fast and courteous response from us whenever you need our help — a guarantee that you simply cannot put a price on.