Learn All About New Hampshire’s Envirionmentally Friendly Home Heating Oil
Approximately 244,000 homes in New Hampshire choose the safe, environmentally friendly option of heating with oil. The heating oil used throughout New England is known as Number 2 Heating oil and is similar in composition to kerosene and the automotive diesel you can purchase at your local service station. Here are some interesting facts about New Hampshire Number 2 Heating Oil!
Where does NH heating oil come from?
Today, much of the oil we use to heat our homes is produced domestically. As late as 2014, crude production in the U.S. was at its highest level in decades and 2015 is forecast to be the highest annual domestic production since the 70’s. The vast majority of heating oil in the United States is refined domestically and sales in the Northeast account for 85% of the home heating oil used in the country.
With over 50 oil-producing countries throughout the world, the U.S. is no longer overly dependent on any one region for our supply. Nearly one-third of our imports come from Canada, Mexico, Venezuela and Saudi Arabia. Heating oil is refined from crude. The refining process separates crude oil into different fractions by the process of distillation. The “middle” distillates are used to produce kerosene, gasoline, diesel, jet fuel and Number 2 home heating oil.
Why is home heating oil red?
Post refining home heating oil is the color of champagne. For tax purposes, regulations require heating oil to be dyed red before it may be sold. This is so the authorities can tell the difference between heating oil and diesel fuel. The dye has no effect on how the fuel burns.
Sulfur Content in Heating Oil
Today, oil heat is available in both low sulfur, and ultra low sulfur blends. Low sulfur is approx 50-500 ppm, while ultra-low blends contain 15 ppm of sulfur. Burning these blends can reduce sulfur emissions by as much as 99 percent from traditional oil. In much of the Northeast, low or ultra-low heating oil and bioheat fuel are mandated for use in both residential and commercial properties. Several other states have mandates scheduled to begin in 2016.
Typically, home heating oil has a sulfur content ranging from 500 – 2000 parts per million (ppm). Unlike many neighbors of New Hampshire (including MA, RI, NY, VT, NJ, and CT) low sulfur heating oil is not required, but this may change in the near future. The federal government is encouraging the use and sale of USLD fuels to refiners and wholesalers who are moving towards providing low sulfur fuels.Heating Oil Reserves
Heating Oil Reserve is a federal program designed to ensure an uninterrupted supply for the Northeastern United States. A reserve of one million barrels (42 million gallons) of USLD home heating oil was created in 2000 to minimize the potential of disruption to supplies in the high usage Northeast. Half is located in Revere, MA and the other half is kept in Groton, CT.
Today, home heating oil is clean burning, environmentally friendly, efficient, economical, dependable, versatile and absolutely safe. It’s 95 percent cleaner burning than it was in the 70’s. New oil heat systems and older systems that are properly maintained and adjusted annually create absolutely no soot, dirt, or odors in the home. If you’re replacing your home’s burner or furnace, speak with your Halle Oil representative about high-efficiency technology and the benefits of converting to oil heating. It’s a smart environmentally friendly and safe choice for keeping your home and family warm during those cold New Hampshire winters!