Friday, November 11, 2005

Biodiesel makes inroads as home heating oil

Gretchen Cuda reports in Wired that the biodiesel revolution is gaining a foothold as a home heating oil.

BioHeat has several advantages over conventional heating oil: The fuel burns cleaner and releases fewer harmful emissions, and it relies on domestic sources of renewable energy -- mostly soybeans. That means BioHeat is less harmful to the environment and reduces national dependence on foreign oil. Switching all heating-oil customers to 5-percent biodiesel could reduce oil consumption by more than 330 million gallons a year; changing to 100-percent biodiesel (B100) would decrease it by 6.7 billion gallons a year. |Wired|


Biodiesel is still more expensive than regular heating oil, but the price gap has narrowed due to the damage to oil production in the Gulf Coast.

For the do-it-yourselfers, this forum helps you convert your own furnace to biodiesel.

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