Cleaner and Greener: How the Oilheat Industry is Changing

Washington, D.C., September 15, 2009 ‘ Oilheat retailers are vigorously pursuing innovations that increase efficiency and reduce greenhouse gases while continuing to provide affordability and comfort that homeowners have come to expect from oilheat, according to the heating oil industry’s Energy Communications Council (ECC).


‘As oilheat consumers in the Northeast and other parts of the country consider their choices for the next heating season, they see the environmental and economic benefits of today’s heating oil products,” ECC spokesman Kevin Rooney said. ‘Simply put, today’s heating oil products and heating oil systems are not what your parents used. The fuel is cleaner and the equipment is far more efficient and economically competitive,” Rooney said.


Today’s heating oil burns nearly 95 percent cleaner than it did in 1970 and residential heating oil systems produce less than one-third of one percent of total U.S. particulate emissions. Greenhouse gas emissions from heating oil are approximately one-third of what they were in 1970.


As the industry continues to create cleaner fuels, ECC members are encouraging consumers to install highly efficient, state-of-the-art, heating oil furnaces and boilers. These appliances alone have helped cut the average household heating fuel consumption by 25 percent.


Heating oil serves about 23 million Americans in 8.6 million households and despite a volatile energy market, today’s heating oil remains affordable. In fact, when adjusted for inflation, heat-ing oil actually costs less than it did in 1980.


The ECC is comprised of the New England Fuel Institute, the Delaware Valley Fuel Dealers’ Association, the Maine Oil Dealers Association, the Massachusetts Oilheat Council, the Fuel Merchants Association of New Jersey, Oil Heat Comfort of Long Island, the New York Oil Heating Association, Inc., the Vermont Fuel Dealers Association, and the Virginia Petroleum, Convenience, and Grocery Association, and is funded by the National Oilheat Research Alliance.

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