Keep your Medina home warm and cozy with Bioheat
A greener, cleaner fuel source
Looking for ways to heat your home in the winter while also reducing your carbon footprint? How about Bioheat or biodiesel? You may have some questions about it. Here are some answers to the most frequent questions.
What is Bioheat?
A climate-friendly home heating fuel, Bioheat burns greener and cleaner than regular petroleum or natural gas. Your Medina home will be just as warm in the winter months with Bioheat as it is with standard fuel oil, and you’ll feel better about helping to preserve the environment with lower carbon emissions.
What is biodiesel?
Biodiesel is an alternative fuel that is blended with standard heating oil to make Bioheat, the cleanest-burning fuel option for home heating. The biodiesel in Genesee Bioheat blends is made from recycled restaurant cooking grease. It can also be made from feedstock sources, such as soybean oil, animal fat, palm oil, and algae.
Is Bioheat better than standard heating oil?
Absolutely! Bioheat is better for your furnace, and better for the environment. Our lowest blend of Bioheat (B25, which is 25% biodiesel, 75% regular heating oil) produces fewer carbon emissions than natural gas. The higher the blend number (we also offer B50 and B99 blends, which are 50% and 99% biodiesel), the lower your carbon output will be. Also, Bioheat is safe for home use, less toxic than table salt, and as biodegradable as sugar.
Do I have to buy a new furnace or storage tank to use Bioheat?
No. You don’t need to make any modifications to your existing oil-burning furnace, or buy a new one. Any blend of Bioheat will work with the standard heating fuel in your storage tank. However, we recommend you start with B25, and work up to B99, our cleanest blend, so your furnace can gradually “get accustomed” to the new fuel. Also, since biodiesel acts as a natural cleansing agent for your filters, using Bioheat can help to reduce potential furnace problems and extend the life of your furnace.
Is Bioheat the same price as standard heating oil?
At this time, Bioheat costs about 10 cents more per gallon than standard fuel oil. But the price is expected to drop in the next decade as more homeowners adopt biodiesel for home heating use. Since Bioheat is made right here in Washington state, it’s less vulnerable to sudden price hikes than heating fuel made with oil that is purchased overseas. Additionally, using Bioheat helps to reduce America’s dependence on foreign oil sources.
For more information on Bioheat supply and delivery in Medina, visit our Bioheat services page.
For more information on the origin of sustainable fuel sources, visit Sequential Pacific Biodiesel. For more information on the support and expansion of Green Heating, visit National Biodiesel Board. For the latest national news on Bioheat, visit National Oilheat Research Alliance.