Heating Oil vs. Natural Gas
7 Reasons Why You’re Smart to Choose Oil Heating When Considering Oil vs. Gas Heating
Heating oil remains one of the cleanest, safest and most reliable fuels your money can buy! Take a look at all the reasons why.
- Great Value. If you thinking about natural gas vs. oil cost, heating oil prices have remained stable over the last few years because of historic levels of domestic production. This bodes well for the future of heating oil prices. The fact is, heating oil is less expensive than natural gas when you apply an apples-to-apples comparison—a gallon of heating oil generates 40% more Btu’s of heat than an equivalent amount of natural gas. What’s more, gas utilities impose a surcharge on their customers that adds to the cost of heating a home with gas. They also charge customers for lost gas!
- Greener fuel. Heating oil has been reformulated and infused with renewable Bioheat® to make it cleaner burning, much more environmentally friendly and significantly more energy efficient. Every gallon we put in your tank contains Bioheat! This is a clean-burning fuel that produces less carbon emissions than natural gas, which has become more of a carbon producer due to the growing use of liquefied natural gas. Meanwhile, methane leaks from natural gas have become a big environmental concern.
- Clean-burning technologies. Modern oil burners emit near-zero levels of pollution; heating with oil today means no odors, soot or other residue in your home. Widespread use of ultra-low sulfur fuel oil, combined with cutting-edge emissions-control technologies, can reduce already-low emissions even further.
- Fuel conservation advances. Oil heat systems are cleaner, greener and more economical than ever. The latest heating systems are small, smart and super efficient and can save you as much as 30% on your annual heating costs.
- Abundant supply. The new American oil revolution is now a reality. Domestic oil production has reached its highest point since the 1970s. As a result, most experts expect oil prices to stay lower for the foreseeable future.
- Guaranteed service response. You can always expect a fast and courteous response from us whenever you need our help—a guarantee that you simply cannot put a price on.
- Remarkably Safe. Heating oil cannot explode. The oil in your tank is as likely to explode as the water in your backyard swimming pool. It’s that safe. Plus, unlike natural gas, an oil heating system heat poses a very low risk of carbon monoxide poisoning. If an oil burner malfunctions (most often due to a lack of maintenance), the safety devices in the unit will typically shut the furnace or boiler off.
Natural Gas and the Environment
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has proposed new regulations to cut carbon dioxide emissions from existing coal plants by up to 30% by 2030. In addition, there is another plan that outlines both regulatory and voluntary actions that federal agencies would undertake to reduce methane emissions, which are more damaging to the environment than carbon dioxide emissions. (Methane is the main component of natural gas.)
The strategy targets industries creating the largest percentage of domestic methane emissions, with the top three polluters being agriculture (farm animals), natural gas systems and landfills.
While there is no practical way to control emissions from farm animals, some landfills have been installing wells and vents to capture methane.
We can only hope that the natural gas industry makes similar progress in addressing an environmental problem that affects us all.
Massachusetts Residents Pay for “Lost” Gas!
As more power plants convert from coal to natural gas and older gas pipelines continue to deteriorate, an adequate supply of natural gas is becoming a major concern.
Leaky gas pipelines are also costing people money! Gas that doesn’t reach the customer is considered lost or unaccounted for, although it is still paid for by the gas customer. Imagine how you would feel if Cubby charged you for oil that was “lost”!
Bottom Line for Heating Oil vs. Natural Gas
By sticking with oil heat, and upgrading to high-efficiency, clean-burning oil heating equipment, you can reduce emissions, save energy and keep your heating bills reasonable. And by doing this, you’ll still have Cubby on your side, always willing to go out of our way to keep you warm and safe.
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