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Bioheat, So Hot Right Now

An environmentally friendly alternative to petroleum heating products gained popularity this winter. Developed by the National Biodiesel Board (NBB), Bioheat fuel is made from a combination of biodiesel and generic heating oil, making it a superior product for the environment, as well as for the overall operational enhancement of a heating system.

One of the biggest benefits of using biodiesel combined with conventional heating oil to heat your home is the fact that it’s cleaner burning than traditional heating oils. Studies have shown that Bioheat reduces nitrogen oxide emissions by 20%, and sulfur oxide emissions have been lowered by up to 83% with the use of a 20% Bioheat blend. There is less smoke and odor from heating fuel containing biodiesel than with conventional heating oil, and it has enhanced fuel lubricity and has a higher flash point than conventional No. 2 heating oil.

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