Heating Fuels Compared
When it comes to choosing a heating system for your home, safety and comfort are top considerations. Bioheat® Heating Oil provides both of these.
Natural Gas and Propane are both explosive. If a leak develops inside or near a house, a deadly explosion can result. We have seen this happen right here in Manchester. Bioheat® Heating Oil on the other hand is not explosive. In fact it will not even burn unless it is preheated to 140º.
Carbon Monoxide (CO) is a colorless, odorless gas that is extremely toxic and can be produced by a malfunctioning fuel-burning appliance such as a boiler or furnace. Gas heating systems can emit carbon monoxide without any visible warning signs. in the event that a Bioheat® Oil Heating system should malfunction, it will release smoke or soot as a visible warning. These serve as indicators that something is wrong long before dangerous levels of carbon monoxide can be reached.
A gas system, either natural or propane is under pressure. If a leak or rupture goes undetected, a building can fill with enough gas to cause a destructive explosion. Heating oil Bioheat® is not pressurized and if it should leak it is not explosive. Bioheat® Heating Oil is stored in your tank on your property so you have a reserve supply. Natural Gas depends upon a continuous delivery through pressurized piping system. Should an issue happen somewhere prior to your property, the flow is interrupted and you can be without heat until this is remedied. You have no control over your supply.
Bioheat® Heating Oil produces about 140,000 BTU's per gallon.
A gallon equivalent of Natural Gas produces about 100,000 BTU's. You will need almost 35% more product just to receive the same heating value.
A gallon equivalent of Propane Gas produces about 92,000 BTU's. You will need almost 40% more product just to receive the same heating value.
On April 29, 2013 The Public Service Commission approved a cost-of-gas rate adjustment from Liberty Utilities. The typical residential customer will see a $38 increase over the summer or 10.4 percent compared to the average rates for 2012. The rates are in effect starting May 1st.