Just the Facts
- The heating oil industry is working to cut the sulfur content of heating oil from 1,500 parts per million to 15 parts per million by 2018.
- In addition to its sulfur reductions, the heating oil industry is moving toward zero emissions with new fuel blends, called Bioheat®, which contain between 2 and 20 percent renewable fuel.
- Since 1980, the price of heating oil has increased about half as much as prices for other consumer products, according to the U.S. Department of Labor.
- Since 1970, the heating oil industry has cut its total greenhouse gas emissions by approximately one third.
- Innovations in heating equipment and conservation means that an average consumer using 1,200 gallons of heating oil in 1989 now uses only 800 gallons, or 25% less.
- Heating oil burns almost 95% cleaner than it did in 1970. Today, residential oil burners produce less than one-third of one percent of total U.S. particulate emissions.
- The heating oil industry’s commitment to renewable fuels, means that there will be thousands of good-paying jobs available for highly trained technicians, engineers, researchers, oil field workers, and others.
- Each year, the heating oil industry accounts for $20 billion in sales and $1.9 billion in payroll for 49,000 Americans.
- It takes an advanced high-tech burner to ignite heating oil. If you drop a match into heating oil it will go out as if dropped into water.
- Heating oil must be vaporized before it will ignite or burn.
||ECC is funded in part through the National Oilheat Research Alliance.