Within the next decade or so, it’s expected that heating oil will become a carbon-neutral fuel. This means that heating oil will have a minimal carbon footprint and very low greenhouse gas emissions, thanks to a combination of higher biofuel blends, ultra-low sulfur content and the introduction of super-high-efficiency equipment.
Compare these exciting advances to the environmental impact of natural gas. Methane — the main component of natural gas — has the capacity to trap so much heat in the atmosphere that one ton of it causes 32 times as much warming as one ton of carbon dioxide over the course of a century.*
There has also been an alarming increase in natural gas explosions, sometimes caused by overpressurization. While pressure fluctuations are necessary to keep gas flowing through the pipelines, they put enormous stress on the aging infrastructure of the pipeline network.
The bottom line: If you’re looking for a safe, clean-burning heating fuel, you already have that with heating oil. Oil heat can’t be beat!
*Source: Los Angeles Times, 3/2/19.