Our country continues to make strides in reducing greenhouse-gas emissions, and heating oil is certainly doing its part, thanks to vast reductions of sulfur levels.
By the summer, all oilheat dealers in Maine, as well as the rest of New England, will be required to deliver heating oil that contains an ultra-low-sulfur blend.
Facts about Ultra-Low Sulfur Heating Oil (ULSHO)
(ULSHO) has 99% less sulfur in it than standard heating oil.
The switch to ULSHO will result in a reduction in emissions of over 70%, compared with the emissions produced by traditional heating fuel.
Here’s what ULHSO means for you:
A buildup of sulfur in the heating system can lead to system maintenance issues. The drastic reduction of sulfur in heating oil means that there will be far fewer system issues, which will lead to lower maintenance costs.
Because there is virtually no sulfur in the heating system thanks to ultra-low sulfur fuel, your oil system can burn the fuel more efficiently, leading to lower heating bills.
While regular heating oil has been very clean for decades, the ultra-low sulfur heating oil is even cleaner, producing near-zero particulate emissions.
ULSHO requires no modifications to your existing system.
ULSHO allows for the introduction of super-efficient heating systems, which are already being used with great results outside of the United States.
The oilheat industry is also moving forward on delivering Bioheat® This is a blend of traditional home heating oil and American-made biodiesel—a highly refined, clean-burning fuel made from natural sources like soybeans. Bioheat® is an important part of the oilheat industry’s commitment to bringing the cleanest energy possible into homes and businesses.
This is only the beginning. The quality of heating oil will get even better in the years ahead. And that’s good news for the environment and for your wallet.