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Heating Oil vs. Natural Gas

When considering oil vs. gas heating, which one should you choose?

Many of the beliefs about our fuel are based on old notions of what’s going into your tank and what’s coming out of your chimney. However, after huge transformations in the heating oil industry over the past ten years, the last thing you’ll want to do, especially if you’re concerned about the environment, is convert to natural gas. The methane emissions from natural gas are nearly 82 times more destructive to the environment than carbon dioxide over a 20-year period—and that’s just the beginning.

Unlike today’s blends of heating oil and biodiesel, there is no renewable component to natural gas. Bioheat Plus is produced from a variety of renewable butmany times wasted resources such as: plant oils, animal fats, recycled grease and even algae. This makes it one of the most sustainable fuels on the planet.

Why B40 Bioheat™ Plus burns cleaner than natural gas

Traditional heating oil has been reformulated and infused with renewable Bioheat Plus to make it cleaner burning, much more environmentally friendly and significantly more energy-efficient. That’s why every gallon Cubby Oil delivers to your tank is B40 Bioheat™ Plus!

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. In fact, biodiesel blends containing 20% or more Bioheat have also been proven to produce lower greenhouse gas emissions than natural gas.

Greater efficiency and longer equipment life

Using B40 Bioheat™ Plus to warm your home will save you money by burning cleaner than regular heating oil, meaning your heating system will not only burn fuel more efficiently, it will also last longer and require fewer repairs.

Thanks to ultra-low sulfur B40 Bioheat™ Plus, oil heat systems are cleaner, greener and more economical than ever. The latest oil heating systems are small, smart and super-efficient and can save you as much as 30% on your annual heating costs.

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Natural gas vs. oil cost in greater Boston

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 that 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!

Heating oil: a remarkably safe fuel

When the utilities try to persuade people to convert from oil to natural gas, there’s never much talk about safety. That’s because, hands down, heating oil is the much safer fuel option.

This safety advantage became crystal clear in September 2018, when there were more than 80 fires and explosions in the Merrimack Valley due to ovepressurized gas lines. Months after the tragedy, there were still about 2,000 homes and businesses without heat and hot water.

Contrast that with heating oil, which you can safely store on your property with no dependence on underground pipelines. Heating oil cannot explode—even if you drop a lit match into it. Heating oil is also much safer in the case of a carbon monoxide leak because you will get a warning sign about a malfunction—unlike with natural gas.

Fast and courteous service

Our team works tirelessly to get you through any weather—no matter how harsh—and save you money whenever we can. In fact, we offer service guarantees for your satisfaction. Natural gas companies cannot do this!

Bottom Line for Heating Oil vs. Natural Gas in Massachusetts

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 lower. And by doing this, you’ll have Cubby on your side, always willing to go out of our way to keep you warm and safe.

Please contact us if you want to discuss your upgrade options and go here to read more.

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