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Sustainability, Not Electrification, Is the Answer

New Jersey’s Energy Plan Must Embrace Renewable Heating Options like Bioheat® Fuel

green energy new jerseyWe all want to find sustainable energy options for the good of our planet and our children. Sadly, New Jersey’s Energy Master Plan has chosen the wrong path toward that destination. The EMP outlines a plan to reach 100% clean energy by 2050, which is an objective we share. However, its focus on full electrification will negatively impact most New Jersey families.

Forcing all households to convert to electric heat creates untenable financial burdens, reduces choice, and decreases reliability. It is also based on the false notion that electric HVAC systems are more eco-friendly.

Today, homeowners throughout the Garden State need energy solutions that are reliable, affordable, and environmentally sound. Dixon Energy delivers those every day in the form of Bioheat® fuel.

Bioheat Fuel is Greener than Full Electrification

The idea that heating your home with electricity is more eco-friendly than heating oil might sound reasonable, but the facts do not support it.

While electric heat systems might not produce emissions from your home, the plants that power them do. America’s electric grid relies heavily on greenhouse gas-emitting fossil fuels. Government agencies are working to transition the grid to solar and wind power, but their timeline is up in the air.

However, what’s certain is that existing heating sources like heating oil are already transitioning to low-carbon and no-carbon solutions.

At Dixon, we proudly provide Morris, Union, Somerset and southern Sussex Counties with clean-burning Bioheat® heating oil. Bioheat fuel is a mix of ultra-low-sulfur heating oil and Biodiesel, which is composed of organic matter like:

Bioheat fuel releases 99% less sulfur and 77% fewer emissions than traditional heating oil. Even better, scientists are working toward net-zero emission heating oil as we speak.

Bioheat Fuel is More Affordable and Trustworthy Than Electricity

Because of how cleanly Bioheat fuel burns, it creates less wear and tear on your HVAC equipment. That’s great for your family’s safety and budget. You are less likely to have a system breakdown during a freezing winter day, and your HVAC equipment will have a longer lifespan.

Unfortunately, the EMP requires whole-house conversions to electric heat. That process costs $21,000 or more. Lower-income families will absorb this financial pain either as houseowner installation expenses or monthly rent increases.

And while houses heated with Bioheat fuel control their own energy supply, full electrification will require families to rely on electric utilities. This will strain our fragile electric grid. New Jersey families risk losing heat because of winter power outages.

While we share the EMP’s ultimate goals, the plan needs to be more balanced and embrace all eco-friendly energy products. New Jersey homeowners deserve the choice to use sustainable, affordable alternatives like Bioheat fuel to keep their families safe and comfortable.

Whether you heat your home with propane or heating oil, Dixon Energy can deliver fuel and peace of mind to you. Contact us to become a customer!