Every Bioheat Delivery We Make Helps The Environment
At Frank Lamparelli, we make thousands of fuel deliveries every year to satisfied customers in Canton, Stoughton, Sharon and throughout the South Shore corridor of Massachusetts.
And every gallon of oil we deliver is classified as B20 Bioheat®. Bioheat is the industry’s official registered name for the fuel that consists of a blend of ultra-low sulfur heating oil with renewable biodiesel that’s made from organic and recycled products.
These products can range from soybean oil, used cooking oils, inedible corn oil, canola, tallow, fats and algae.
These renewable products are defined as feedstocks for producing biodiesel. Blends of biodiesel in heating oil are designated in percentages. For example, a 5% blend of biodiesel is defined as B5. B10 refers to a 10% blend, while B20 is a 20% blend.
While the National Oilheat Research Alliance (NORA) has reported that greenhouse gas emissions of just 2% biofuel blends were equivalent to those of natural gas, higher blends–, such as the B20 blend that all Frank Lamparelli deliveries consist of–produce much lower greenhouse gas emissions than natural gas!
That’s important to us, because when you use our Bioheat, you reduce emissions significantly, by burning cleaner, Bioheat also extends the life of heating equipment, and results in far fewer service issues.
What’s the difference between biofuel and Bioheat?
Biofuel is a broad term that can include various products including biodiesel, ethanol, renewable hydrocarbon diesel, and raw vegetable oil known as RVO or LR100. It’s important to note that raw vegetable oil does not meet industry specifications; it is not biodiesel or Bioheat and it is not suitable for home heating oil use.
Do I need to make any changes to my current equipment to use Bioheat?
No! Most major heating system manufacturers accept Bioheat as covered under their warranties for use, and you won’t need to make any changes to your furnace, boiler or storage tank to use it. Performance standards for Bioheat have been approved by ASTM International, an organization that sets industry standards for fuels and lubricants.
Traditional heating oil vs. Bioheat
Compared to standard No. 2 heating oil, Bioheat has 80 percent less sulfur dioxide, up to 30 percent less nitrogen dioxide, and 20 percent less carbon dioxide. It simply cannot be beaten as far as being a much cleaner-burning fuel than the “old” heating oil.
Heating oil quality will further improve in the years ahead. Before long, homes heated with oil could be using even cleaner-burning bio blends.
In a continuing effort to be a partner in reducing fossil fuel use and carbon dioxide (CO2) greenhouse gas emissions, more than 300 heating oil industry leaders—many from Massachusetts—unanimously passed a resolution last year to achieve net-zero carbon emissions by 2050 through the accelerated use of clean, renewable Bioheat fuel blends in heating oil.
Those in the oil heat business are excited by opportunities that will positively influence the long-term future of the industry and the environment while improving the oil heat experience for millions of customers.
If you have questions about decreasing your energy use, reducing your heating costs or simply using energy around your home in smarter ways, feel free to contact us at any time.