How Clean Is Heating Oil?

Ultra-Low Sulfur Fuel Means Cleaner Heating Oil Options

Home heating oil has become progressively cleaner and more efficient for Maine homeowners over the last few decades. And with the advent of ultra-low sulfur heating oil, the recent transformation is truly revolutionary.

Here’s what ultra-low sulfur heating oil 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 for homeowners.
  • 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.
  • Ultra-low sulfur fuel requires no modifications to your existing system.

Since July 1, 2018, every gallon of heating oil in Maine has been ultra-low sulfur heating oil. This ensures that every homeowner can take advantage of the significant benefits of ultra-low sulfur fuel!

This is just one more reason to feel comfortable with oilheat!

Other reasons oilheat is clean and green

Bioheat® The oilheat industry is 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.

Fuel conservation advances. The latest heating systems are small, smart and super-efficient and can save you 30% or even more on your annual heating costs.

High-tech hybrids. Solar and geothermal energies can be integrated with oilheat 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 lbs.*

The latest oil system technologies. Oil heat systems are cleaner and produce lower emissions than ever before. Modern oil burners emit near-zero levels of pollution; heating with oil today means no odors, soot or other residue in your home.

*U.S. Department of Energy.