The Energy Co-op has been delivering heating oil and kerosene to our members and customers since September 2000. When we started out, much of the heating oil we delivered was supplied by Exxon-Mobil and, as required under Vermont regulations, contained no more than 2,000 parts per million sulfur. Nowadays, about 95% of the heating oil we deliver is supplied by Valero Energy Corporation and it contains no more than 500 parts per million sulfur. In fact much of this oil is even cleaner – less than 15 parts per million sulfur!
This is about more than just the numbers. Low sulfur heating oil produces lower emissions and also burns cleaner than high sulfur product according to research studies from the Brookhaven National Laboratory and field trials conducted by oil dealers in New York and Virginia.
We’re seeing the same thing. Our service technicians tune-up dozens of our members’ heating systems starting each spring. They’re noting less soot and fuel deposits in our members’ furnaces and boilers. Over the past couple of years, we’re also getting fewer “no heat” service calls. Both these observations are linked to low- and ultra-low sulfur heating oil.
Low sulfur heating oil is no more expensive than the high sulfur product. It is a good environmental choice, and fewer service calls means more savings for our members.