Does Switching Fuels Make Sense?

Is it smarter to upgrade your oilheat system or convert?

The answer to this question is more straightforward than you might expect. The clearest path to saving energy—and money—is upgrading to a new, high-efficiency oilheat system, rather than switching from one fuel to another.

Modern oilheat systems in well-insulated homes are highly efficient. With a new system, homeowners can achieve the same level of warmth they’re used while using up to 40% less fuel, which, aside from its significant impact on fuel consumption, leads to a drastic dip on monthly bills and a much lighter environmental impact.

The Path to a Zero-Carbon-Emissions Future

Ultra-low-sulfur heating oil, including Bioheat® fuel, Bioheat Plus® fuel, Bioheat SuperPlus® fuel and, eventually, EL 100, is part of the solution as we move toward carbon-emissions-free fuel for heating and powering our homes and businesses. With that in mind, upgrading and sticking with heating oil rather than converting makes sense. It enables your home heating system to have a significant, measurable impact when compared to other fuels.

Ways to Save on Equipment Upgrades

Older, outdated home comfort systems operate inefficiently, generating higher-than-necessary fuel bills. Their inefficiency poses a real threat to the environment, and they often require expensive repairs. Here’s the good news: They can be easily replaced with equipment that incorporates the latest and most efficient oilheat technology.

Many people hesitate to upgrade because they’re concerned about cost. With the availability of consumer rebates made available through the Maine Energy Marketers Association as well as manufacturers, and federal tax credits on eligible equipment, it is easier than ever to cut your fuel costs and save on repairs—and stress—by upgrading to the best oilheating system available.

Contact your local heating oil dealer for direction and advice about upgrading your equipment and obtaining rebates and tax credits.