Written on: September 14, 2020
Biofuel, also known as Bioheat, is a blend of ultra-low sulfur heating oil with renewable biodiesel made from organic and recycled products such as soybean oil, used cooking oils, inedible corn oil, canola, tallow, fats, and algae. With biofuel, homeowners can burn a better, safer, and more reliable fuel resulting in lower emissions, improved air quality, and better efficiency for your oil heating system. For biofuel blends up to 20%, there are no modifications necessary for your existing home heating equipment.
The environmental benefits of biofuel are significant. Here are just a few reasons why Massachusetts homeowners in the North Shore area are choosing biofuel for their fuel deliveries:
Following extensive testing and research, American Society of Testing & Materials (ASTM), with support from the heating oil industry and the National Biodiesel Board, has set a standards for recommended percentage blends of biodiesel in heating oil. These percentage blend specifications are currently up to B20 (a 20% blend of biofuel). The heating oil industry along with the National Oilheat Research Alliance and the National Biodiesel Board are committed to introducing higher blends of biodiesel into the heating oil marketplace and these organization are conducting ongoing research on higher percentage blends of biodiesel in heating oil.