Bioheat® Fuel vs. Heating Oil

Which heating fuel is best for your North Jersey home?

bioheat new jersey A lot of our customers in Morris, Somerset, Union, and southern Sussex County want to know whether using the heating oil we deliver is good or bad for the environment. They often think of the heating oil their grandparents used, with its black smoke and soot.

Today’s heating oil is lightyears ahead of that product.

In fact, the home heating fuel industry has been making strides in developing a cleaner, more efficient, and renewable product. One of the terms you might have heard recently is Bioheat fuel. This is one of the most eco-friendly energy sources around today. Still, people want to know: How is Bioheat fuel different from heating oil? Which is better?

Let’s break down the differences between these two fuels.

Environmental Impact

Heating oil is a petroleum product that is similar to diesel. All heating oil is ultra-low sulfur, significantly reducing its negative impact on the environment and air quality.

Bioheat fuel combines ultra-low sulfur heating oil and biodiesel, which is made from organic and recycled ingredients like:

Biodiesel replaces petroleum gallon for gallon, and it reduces greenhouse gas emissions by at least 50 percent in the process. It lowers such harmful emissions as sulfur oxide, nitrogen dioxide, carbon dioxide, mercury, and particular matter.

Bioheat fuel is an effective renewable tool for decarbonization that is available to homeowners across the U.S. — right now!

Home comfort

Both traditional heating oil and Bioheat fuel are among the most effective ways to heat your home and water. Heating oil produces roughly 138,690 Btu’s per gallon. Bioheat fuel produces about the same amount. And Bioheat fuel works in oil-fired heating systems without modifications.

It’s worth noting that some research has shown a slightly lower Btu output for Bioheat blends with 20 percent or more biodiesel content. But the difference is marginal and offset by the reduced wear and tear that Bioheat fuel offers

Equipment health

Bioheat fuel burns cleaner in your equipment than traditional heating oil, and this leaves fewer deposits in your heat exchanger. Your heating system will need fewer cleanings, require fewer repairs and last longer before needing to be replaced. All of this means you’ll end up spending less to maintain your heating equipment.


Generally speaking, the price difference between Bioheat fuel and traditional heating oil is relatively small, typically a matter of pennies per gallon. Consider that biodiesel is domestically made by American farmers and fuel producers. It’s less vulnerable to swings in global energy markets than petroleum-based energy.

And as noted earlier, equipment burning Bioheat fuel requires less maintenance and repair, making it more affordable in the long run.

Dixon Energy’s heating oil delivery customers enjoy all the comfort, efficiency and eco-friendliness of Bioheat fuel. If you want to receive this clean-burning home heating fuel, become a Dixon Energy customer today!