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Heating Oil for a Sustainable Future

With every passing year, heating oil continues its evolution into a newer, cleaner and more efficient fuel. Knowing more about today’s oil heat will make you feel good about how you heat your home — now and well into the future.

Cleaner Than Ever

The oil heat industry continues to undergo a revolution that is significantly improving oil heat’s efficiency and cleanliness, thanks to vast reductions of sulfur levels.

Our country continues to make strides in reducing greenhouse gas emissions, and heating oil is certainly doing its part.

Many states have instituted requirements to move heating oil to a low-sulfur blend; this fuel contains about 75% less sulfur than conventional heating oil.

As a result, every gallon of oil that gets put in your tank burns more cleanly, with lower emissions. You also benefit from better heating efficiency and easier maintenance, since low-sulfur oil creates fewer deposits on heat exchangers.

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!

In contrast, serious concerns are being raised about the aging infrastructure of natural gas pipelines, which are being strained to capacity, especially during extreme cold spells. Many of these old pipelines are also leaking methane — a damaging greenhouse gas — into the atmosphere.

And that’s bad news for the environment!

The Tanks You Get

They say you get better with age, but that’s not true of oil tanks. If your oil tank is more than 30 years old, we recommend replacing it.

While it’s true that oil tanks last many years, they eventually do give out. Life spans vary depending on the humidity, the thickness of the tank’s steel and more. And when tanks do fail, it’s hard to see it coming, because they can erode from the inside out.

Today’s oil tanks are light-years ahead of old models. The new generation of aboveground tanks are virtually leakproof and feature:

➤ sleek designs

➤ double-wall construction that includes an outer tank of corrosion-resistant galvanized steel

➤ a leak-detection system

➤ long-term warranties

If that’s not enough, the newest generation of aboveground tanks generally can be installed in small or unusually shaped spaces.

In short, today’s tanks provide peace of mind and convenience — in addition to all the other benefits of heating your home with oil!

Getting More Efficient all the Time

If your boiler or furnace is at least 15 years old, consider replacing your heating system soon; the performance and reliability of heating equipment typically deteriorates after 15 years (earlier if maintenance has been neglected).

At minimum, a new high-efficiency oil heating system should help you save up to 20% on your annual heating costs. Additionally, you will also have virtually eliminated the need for the expensive repairs and the escalating maintenance costs associated with an

aging system.

Just think, no more strange noises in the night. No more suddenly losing your heat because another worn-out part gave up the ghost. You will also be reducing your risk of having to deal with frozen pipes, and the ensuing water damage, caused by your old furnace conking out while you were away for the weekend.

Endless Hot Water for Less Money

Many of our customers now use their boilers not only to heat their homes, but to produce hot water for showers, hot tubs, washing machines, dishwashers — you name it. And they get it virtually free in the winter.

It’s called an indirect-fired water heater, and if you have a boiler, it can be a phenomenal option.

Anytime your boiler is heating your home, your indirect water heater works for free. It’s like having your cake and eating it, too.

A traditional stand-alone water heater has to use gas or electricity to keep that water hot. And that’s a huge waste of money.

If you have a gas or electric water heater that is 10 years old or older, start checking out your options today!

Anytime your boiler is heating your home, your indirect water heater works for free!

Oil heat is cleaner, greener and more economical than ever! The latest oil heating systems are small, smart and super-efficient. Plus, there are many different equipment options to fit your budget.

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Meet the New Oil Heat

The American oil revolution is bringing lower prices and plentiful domestic supplies. But that’s just the beginning. A new formulation of heating oil is becoming available that burns super-clean, is ultra-efficient and is infused with renewable BioHeat®.

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Cleaner than ever

While solar energy and wind power continue to capture headlines for their potential, one of the exciting developments in the energy world has been the expanded use of BioHeat® fuel.

This is a combination of low-sulfur heating oil and biodiesel, which is made domestically from dozens of natural sources, including soybeans, sunflowers and pumpkin seeds.

As the most refined grade of heating oil, BioHeat® fuel burns significantly cleaner and has little negative impact on the environment. When used with a technologically advanced oil heat system, it produces near-zero levels of particulate matter during the combustion process.

What’s more, BioHeat® fuel is made in America and requires no modifications to your existing system.

Production is up, prices are down

Oil prices are down

The new American oil revolution is now a reality. Domestic oil production just reached its highest point in 43 years! As a result, most experts expect oil prices to stay lower for the foreseeable future.