If you research clean energy options for heating your home and business in Long Island, you’ll surely get differing opinions. Unfortunately, there’s a high chance that some of the information that you find is not even upfront or truthful.
In this article, we’ll address clean energy and discuss the following topics:
- The reality of clean energy that the media fails to report
- The effects of electrification and heating systems
- How the oil industry can provide you with clean energy with EcoBlend Bioheat® Heating Oil
To explore more about the topics listed above and how Hart Home Comfort can help reduce your carbon footprint, continue reading…
Electrification Of Heating Systems: The Real Economic & Environmental Impact
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- 1 Electrification Of Heating Systems: The Real Economic & Environmental Impact
It undeniably feels good to know that the efforts we make have very little to no impact on the environment. However, there is a gray area here. Many elected officials use terminology such as electrification, carbon-neutral, and zero-carbon footprint during speeches. Of course, it makes them look good.
But the worst part is that the media even continues to push this message without even reporting some of the significant details that are worth mentioning. For example, there is a push for electrification. However, no one is honestly discussing the real cost that comes with this process. Below, we discuss the truth on electrification, especially where it concerns heating systems in Long Island. We cover the impact on the economy, the environment, and your comfort.
Economic Impacts Of Electrifying A Heating System In Long Island
When you convert an existing liquid fuel heating system into an electrified one, there’s actually a consequence that the media and politicians don’t want you to see.
The truth is, if you want to switch to an electrified heating system in the hopes of producing cleaner energy, you would have to go through the process that comes along with it. As a homeowner, you would have to remove your existing oil-fired heating system and replace it with an electric boiler or heat pump.
From start to finish, there is a huge expense that accompanies it. You wouldn’t only spend money to buy a new electric boiler or heat pump, but you’d also have to spend money on installation and other hidden costs.
What do we mean by this?
To convert from oil to electric heat, you’d most likely need to spend around $18,500 or more. But on top of that, HVAC installation experts will make the recommendation to supplement your heating in case the temperatures outside drop below freezing.
As you can see, the process of electrifying your heating system is very costly, one that most can’t afford. It can be stated, then, that electrifying a heating system can be considered a socially economic inequity.
Environmental Impacts Of Electrifying A Heating System In Long Island
To many, what is appealing about electric heating systems is that they believe it will produce zero carbon emissions. However, when you take a closer look at the generation of electricity in Long Island, you might reconsider this belief.
According to the LIPA Energy Guide, as of 2017, electricity in Long Island is generated by the following sources1:
- 36% from Economy Purchases
- 22% from PSA
- 17% from Non-PSA
- 15% from Nuclear
- 5% from Renewable
- 5% from Refuse/Cogen
Wherein PSA refers to the National Grid Supply Agreement
Based on these numbers, we can clearly see that a huge percentage of electricity in Long Island comes from a fuel source that emits carbon. Only 5% or so of electricity is generated from renewable sources.
So, what do these numbers mean?
To manufacture all of these new electric boilers and heat pumps, we may be increasing our carbon footprint rather than meeting the original goal that they were intended for – a reduction of carbon emissions. Furthermore, the homeowner would have to spend a fortune to switch to an electrified heating system. Essentially, an EASY and PRACTICAL zero-emissions solution does lie with electrification.
Later in this article, we’ll discuss a more practical, affordable option that Hart Home Comfort offers – a fuel source that can reduce your carbon emissions by 20% without the cost of changing your oil heating system.
Comfort Impacts Of Electrifying A Heating System In Long Island
Lastly, let’s talk about how electrifying your heating system can impact your comfort. Unfortunately, this is an important aspect that the media fails to mention.
When a number of homes require the conversion to an electrical heating system, the result will lead to an excessive demand on the electrical power grid of Long Island. This increased demand will result in planned and unplanned power outages and can even lead to homes not having a heating system when they need it the most – similar to the one in Texas.
In April of 2021, at least 111 people died in Texas during a winter storm, most from hypothermia. Some deaths did not occur due to the lack of a heating system, but many fatalities occurred because the electrical grid is offline.2
Unfortunately, heat pumps tend to lose their ability to produce heat once the outside temperatures drop below the freezing point. So, it may not even be able to deliver the heating you need.
Of course, technology is continuously improving, but any expert heating and cooling installation contractor in Long Island will advise you that an electric heat pump won’t be the solution you’re looking for in a climate that is notorious for cold weather.
EcoBlend Bioheat® Heating Oil As A Solution For Clean Energy
Now, let’s talk about the EcoBlend Bioheat® Heating Oil, which is the solution we offer for clean energy. Here are the several advantages you’d get when using it:
- Cleaner Burn: The EcoBlend Bioheat® fuel is biodegradable, non-toxic, and sulfur-free, producing fewer harmful emissions.
- Improved Equipment Operation: Containing no sulfur, our liquid renewable fuel can help reduce build-up or scaling on your home heating system, enhancing your heat output and ensuring optimum system operation.
- No Heating System Modifications Necessary: The EcoBlend Bioheat® Heating Oil is compatible with any oil-fired heating system, so you don’t need to make any modifications. In other words, no added costs for you.
- It Is Safe: EcoBlend Bioheat® Heating Oil will not burn or explode in a liquid state. It needs to be heated to 140 °F to vaporize. If you have problems with your burner, the heating oil will also let you know before carbon monoxide levels in your home reach dangerous levels.
- EcoBlend Bioheat® Is Green: If you’re concerned about its environmental impact, you’ll be happy to know that our heating fuel is green. It offers a clean burn and even falls within the air pollution standards set by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). On top of that, the oil is not regulated by the Federal Clean Air Act.
- Dependability: The EcoBlend Bioheat® Heating Oil can also be safely stored in your heating oil tank. No need to worry about any disruptions in the weather or fuel, and you can rely on Hart Home Comfort to deliver the oil right to your home whenever you need it.
- Financial Advantages: Hart Home Comfort offers our EcoBlend Bioheat® Heating Oil at no extra cost to you.
Created in 2019, the Providence Resolution outlined the goals the oil industry should meet to be net or carbon neutral by 2050.
Hart Home Comfort adopted this resolution and set standards to ensure that we meet these goals in the industry. We take climate change very seriously, and we have set our expectations above and beyond what the Providence Resolution has set.
You can automatically help the environment by using EcoBlend Bioheat® Heating Oil. Be our customer and schedule your delivery with Hart Home Comfort today.