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Bioheat® Basics

Bioheat® is traditional home heating oil blended with Biodiesel. To understand what makes Bioheat® the cleaner and renewable home heating oil for now and the future, its important to understand the basics about Biodiesel.

What is Biodiesel?

Biodiesel is a renewable energy resource made domestically from fatty acids found in soy and other vegetable oils, recycled restaurant oils, and other natural sources.

How much biodiesel is blended with heating oil to make Bioheat®?

Bioheat® blends usually range between 2% 5% 10% 20% ect. Pure Biodiesel is called B100. A Bioheat® blend with 2% Biodiesel is referred to as B2, a blend with 5% Biodiesel as B5 and so on up to B100 – pure Biodiesel.

What is Biodiesel made from?

Currently 47% of Biodiesel is commonly made from soybean oil. Another 14% is corn oil derived from a high nutrient livestock feed and co-product of ethanol production. 13% comes from animal fats and the remainder is a combination of canola oil, yellow grease, brown grease, and other materials. The majority of the materials are EPA approved. There are constantly new sources being explored, such as pennycress, algae, jatropha, palm oil, low ricin castor, and seashore mallow.

How is Biodiesel produced?

Through a chemical process known as transesterification – when glycerin is separated from fats or other oils of the feedstock.The glycerin is sold for use in the manufacturing of soaps and other household products. The remaining, purified methyl esters are Biodiesel.

Where is Biodiesel produced?

Independent production facilities across the nation are capable of producing more than 2 billion gallons of Biodiesel per year, using a variety of feedstocks. It is readily available through direct shipment from over 1,459 petroleum distributors, and a few public pumps as well.

How much Biodiesel is being produced?

With the EPA’s commitment to renewable energy standards, the demand for domestic fuel alternatives, and the growing endorsement of manufacturers, Biodiesel production is expected to rise considerably within the next few years. A billion gallons should be produced in 2012, and 1.28 billion gallons are expected to be produced by 2013.

Bioheat® and Biodiesel is quality assured.

BQ-9000 is a voluntary quality assurance program that accredits producers of Biodiesel. BQ-9000 promotes the success of Biodiesel, warrants that the quality is maintained at proper specifications, and helps monitor quality throughout the distribution system.

Bioheat® Advantages

Bioheat® is safe and provides a cleaner, more complete and energy efficient burn. It is a renewable energy source that reduces global warming gas emissions; it is also non-toxic, biodegradable, and suitable for sensitive environments. It actually extends equipment life and reduces periodic maintenance intervals. Bioheat® is made domestically from agricultural or recycled resources, reducing America’s dependence on foreign oil and creating jobs here at home.

Bioheat® is available now

Requires no equipment retrofitting or modifications

Environmentally Friendly:

With a positive energy balance of 5.54:1.

Promotes better air quality:

By lowering toxic emissions vs. petroleum diesel.

Decreases our country’s dependence on foreign oil:

Creates jobs and is good for the U.S. economy.

Healthy and Safe:

Passed EPA’s tier 1 and 2 Health effects testing with flying colors.

Virtually sulfur free:

Contains no nitrogen or offensive aromatics.

Reduces nitrous oxide in boilers and home heating equipment and is Highly Efficient:

Biodiesel has higher cetane level, for more efficient ignition

Highest BTU content for any alternative fuel Containing 11% oxygen by weight:

Which helps the fuel to burn cleanly and completely.

High lubricity (<300 HFRR):

Enhances and extends equipment life, and reduces HC, PM, CO in existing diesel engines.

Biodiesel and Bioheat® creates thousands of U.S. jobs throughout the entire production and distribution chain. According to a recent economic study, this year’s rejuvenated Biodiesel production will support more than 31,000 U.S. jobs and generate income of nearly $1.7 billion to be circulated throughout the economy. It also is expected to generate an estimated $345 million in federal tax revenue and $283 million in state and local tax revenues.

Source: National Biodiesel Board Future Projections

Bioheat® at Hometown Fuel

When you purchase your Bioheat from Hometown Fuel whether your a residential homeowner or a commercial business you may qualify for a New York State tax credit. The new tax credit is for Biodiesel purchases and remains in effect through 2016. The tax credit is .01/gallon for each percent of Biodiesel blended with conventional home heating oil, up to a maximum credit of .20/gallon. For example if you purchase a B20 blend - 20% Biodiesel and 80% conventional heating oil you would be entitled to a tax credit of .20/gallon. If you purchased a 1,000 gallons for the year that would be a $200 tax credit. To receive your tax credit from N.Y.S you will need a statement that includes the dates the fuel was purchased, the number of gallons purchased and the blend of Biodiesel along with N.Y. State residential clean heating fuel credit form IT-241 for residential home owners or N.Y. State commercial clean heating fuel credit form CT-241 for businesses.

If your a customer of Hometown Fuel and would like a statement of your fuel usage for the year please go to our contact us page and send us an enquiry or give us a call, we are more than happy to provide you with your information. If your not a customer of Hometown Fuel but would like to be send us an enquiry or give us a call and start saving today.

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