Written on: November 28, 2022

What Is Heating Oil?

Where It Comes from, How It’s Made

heating oil new york Heating oil, like numerous other products, comes from the refinement of crude oil. Through the process of distillation, hydrocarbons are removed from the crude oil and become a substance that can be further purified and blended to make the fuel that Westmore Fuel ultimately delivers to your heating oil tank.

Westmore just doesn’t just deliver heating oil though. We deliver premium B20 Bioheat® fuel. This is a blend of ultra-low-sulfur heating oil and 20% renewable biodiesel. It’s produced domestically, and it offers several advantages over traditional heating oil.

The evolution of our heating fuel into clean-burning B20 Bioheat fuel, along with vast improvements in heating system efficiency, have reduced the number of gallons most homeowners burn. The result: most customers really don’t need to get their systems tuned up and cleaned every year, as needed to be done in the past before the advent of Bioheat fuel. Generally, most systems only need to be tuned up only every three years now.

Fewer Emissions than Natural Gas

When you combine our ultra-low sulfur heating oil with a 20% renewable biodiesel blend, you get a heating fuel that generates less than a tablespoon of soot per year!

Our renewable fuel dramatically reduces emissions of particulate matter, sulfur dioxide and carbon dioxide. The use of B20 Bioheat fuel eliminates thousands of metric tons of carbon dioxide each year in Connecticut and New York!

Bioheat fuel also produces fewer greenhouse gas emissions than natural gas. Methane—the main component of natural gas—has the capacity to trap so much heat in the atmosphere that, over one century, one ton of this gas causes 32 times as much warming as one ton of carbon dioxide.

The production of Bioheat fuel is extremely efficient, and the fuel itself is nontoxic, biodegradable, and promotes better air quality and environmental sustainability by reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

Bioheat fuel also reduces energy consumption by providing a cleaner, more complete and energy-efficient burn. As a result, there is less wear and tear on heating equipment.

The Future: Net-Zero Carbon Emissions

As noted before, Bioheat fuel is a blend of biodiesel and traditional petroleum-based heating oil. Biodiesel, which is made from vegetable oils, animal fats, and other renewable materials, is considered a biogenic fuel that reduces carbon output by 100%. That’s because the combustion of biofuels and other biogenic energy sources actually recycle carbon dioxide emissions through renewable plant materials and other biomass feedstocks. That’s why you’ll be hearing a lot about net-zero carbon emissions in the years ahead.

B20 Bioheat fuel also burns more efficiently, saving you money on heating costs, prolonging the life of your heating equipment and helping the environment. You don’t have to spend any money modifying your system to start using Bioheat fuel!

As a bonus, our New York customers can apply for a 20¢-per-gallon tax credit. That translates into a $200 savings for every 1,000 gallons delivered!

So, keep going green and save money on fuel, maintenance and repairs with Westmore Fuel, the leader in providing a new generation of clean-burning heating fuel for your New York or Connecticut home.

Westmore Fuel provides fuel and equipment service to Darien, Greenwich, Stamford, and nearby communities in Connecticut. We also deliver fuel and service to New York communities, including Port Chester, Mount Kisco, New Rochelle, and White Plains.

Please contact us if you would like to become a customer and schedule a heating oil delivery.