New York’s Heating Oil Gets Greener

Written on: January 17, 2022

Law moves state to lower its carbon footprint

green home heat new yorkNew York Governor Kathy Hochul recently signed into law a bill phasing in a requirement for all heating oil sold in the state to contain at least 20% biodiesel.

About 1.4 million homes in New York State are kept warm with heating oil.

This change is being made to reduce emissions from heating oil, which is part of the state’s efforts to achieve net-zero greenhouse gas emissions. Once the 20% objective is reached, New York’s annual petroleum diesel consumption will be reduced by 200 million gallons each year. That will slash our annual carbon emissions by 1 million metric tons!

The new law gradually increases the amount of biodiesel that must be in heating oil. By July 1, 2022, all heating oil must contain at least 5% biodiesels. In 2025, that requirement goes up to 10%. The 20% requirement takes effect in 2030.

New York’s home heating industry, comprised of businesses such as Mazzola Oil, have long been proponents of biodiesel heating oil blends as part of the industry’s goal to make home heating fuel have net-zero emissions by the year 2050.

Mazzola Oil customers already have the option of having us deliver Bioheat® fuel, which is a blend of biodiesels with ultra-low sulfur heating oil.

What is biodiesel?

Biodiesel is an alternative fuel made from domestically produced low-carbon resources including plant oils such as soybean or rapeseed, recycled restaurant cooking oils, animal fats, and algae.

Biodiesel’s carbon dioxide greenhouse gas emissions are cut by an average of 74% from those of petroleum diesel.

How does this new law benefit me?

All New Yorkers will benefit from reduced greenhouse gas emissions. But when you use Bioheat fuel from Mazzola, you’ll benefit in other ways.

Because Bioheat fuel burns cleaner than traditional heating oil, your home’s heating system works more efficiently. That can cut your heating costs.

Speaking of your heating system, you don’t have to replace yours or make any adjustments to it in order to use Bioheat fuel. And that clean-burning we just mentioned means less wear and tear on your home’s furnace or boiler. You’ll likely have fewer breakdowns and a longer life expectancy for your heating system, saving you even more money!

You can enjoy the benefits of clean-burning Bioheat fuel in your home. Become a Mazzola Oil customer today!