How Connecticut Oilheat, aka Bioheat® Fuel, Benefits You

Connecticut's energy markets are abuzz with a word you might've heard recently: Bioheat. It sounds like something new -- but, the fact is, this reliable, affordable, and renewable fuel has been helping Connecticut's home and business owners meet their heating needs for years now. It doesn't matter if you're in Waterbury or Danbury, New Haven or Norwalk, Bridgeport or Hartford. In Connecticut all oil heat is Bioheat fuel.

Bioheat fuel is defined as a blend of biodiesel and ultra-low sulfur heating oil. This blend is measurably safer and better for the environment than conventional ultra-low sulfur heating oil, because biodiesel comes from natural, recycled resources like soybean oil or used restaurant grease.

According to a study by the University of Connecticut, ultra-low sulfur heating oil in Connecticut contains an average of 7% biodiesel. That means the stuff inside your oil storage tank right now is some of the cleanest, greenest heating fuel in the whole country!

Green is great, but what exactly does this mean for you and your neighbors? It all goes back to Bioheat fuel's three core benefits: reliability, affordability and renewability.

Let's take a closer look at the ways Connecticut's Bioheat fuel benefits you...

  • Each year, nearly 600,000 homes in Connecticut are kept warm by the cleaner, greener ultra-low sulfur heating oil known as Bioheat fuel.
  • Approximately 43% of all Connecticut homes are "Bioheat homes."
  • Bioheat has the highest heating capacity of any alternative fuel.
  • It's delivered directly to your tank by a local, licensed Connecticut ultra-low sulfur heating oil dealer -- an independent business you can count on for personalized service.
  • There are more than 600 fuel dealers in Connecticut, so you can pick the one that best meets your needs. Click here to find a Bioheat fuel dealer in your area.
  • Most of these dealers offer convenient programs like automatic delivery, which helps ensure you have a constant heating fuel supply all through the winter.
  • Ultra-low sulfur heating oil and Bioheat fuel can be used interchangeably, with no modifications to your heating equipment or storage tank.
  • There is more than enough ultra-low sulfur heating oil and Bioheat fuel available at any given moment to meet the winter heating demands of Connecticut's 580,000+ Bioheat homes.
  • Because Bioheat has the highest heating capacity of any alternative fuel, it burns hotter and more efficiently, providing greater value for your energy dollar.
  • Many ultra-low sulfur heating oil dealers in Connecticut offer budget plans, price protection programs, and online/mobile payment options, all of which can make it easier for you to buy Bioheat fuel in the winter when you need it most.
  • Because Bioheat is compatible with all oil-fired boilers and furnaces, you can upgrade to a high-efficiency heating system, enjoy even better winter warmth and save more without paying for a fuel conversion. Click here to find out more.
  • Upgrading to a high-efficiency home heating system can reduce your fuel costs by up to 40% while also improving your comfort and overall lifestyle.
  • Money-back rebates of up to $650 are available when you purchase a high-efficiency oil-fired boiler or furnace from a licensed Connecticut fuel dealer.
  • Since 2016, more than 800 Connecticut residents have upgraded to higher-efficiency home heating systems, reducing their fuel costs by an average of more than 13%. Click here to find a dealer who can help you Upgrade & Save.
  • Biodiesel and other renewable biofuels are blended into the U.S. fuel supply as part of a bipartisan program called the Renewable Fuel Standard.
  • A study released by the University of Connecticut in 2016 found that home ultra-low sulfur heating oil used in our state contains on average 7% biodiesel.
  • About 324 million gallons of Bioheat fuel were used in Connecticut in 2016. This reduced the state's carbon dioxide emissions by nearly 427 million pounds.
  • As of July 1, 2018, the heating oil contained in Connecticut's Bioheat fuel is ultra-low sulfur heating oil, which reduces sulfur dioxide emissions by 97%.
  • The University of Connecticut produces 3,000-4,000 gallons of waste cooking oil a year, which is used to produce about 2,000 gallons of biodiesel.
  • Nearly 1.6 billion gallons of biodiesel were produced in the U.S. in 2017 alone. Every 1.7 billion gallons supports $16.8 billion in total economic impact, more than 62,000 jobs, and $2.6 billion in worker wages.
  • Connecticut's Bioheat fuel distributors are looking to blend more biodiesel into the oil supply, which means more economic and environmental benefits, which means more spending power and a cleaner, greener future for all of Connecticut. The sustainability cycle continues.

If you'd like to bring home the affordability, reliability and renewability of Bioheat fuel, contact a licensed Connecticut fuel dealer near you.

And if you want to find out how you can make your home warmer, more energy efficient, and safer for the winter, click here to learn about upgrading your home heating system.