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Fuel oil efficiency value-added, environmentally sound.

When deciding which heating system works best for your building, keep in mind that the decision you make has an impact on the environment as well as your bottom line. That is why it is more important than ever to get all the facts before you decide.

The fact is that among all the fuel sources currently available, today's efficient oil heat systems are not only inexpensive to operate, but are also safe for the environment. Scientific studies show that fuel oil burns as cleanly and efficiently as any other heating system, including natural gas.

More importantly, researchers have reported that oil heat does not contribute significantly to the air pollution problem in the United States. In fact, the Clean Air Act passed by Congress in October 1990, which sets standards for air pollution from all energy sources in the country, does not include any controls for oil heating systems.

What Makes Oil a |Clean'

Source of Energy?

The best way to quantify the effect of various energy sources on the environment is by measuring the air pollutants that remain after a fuel is burned. It's been found that oil heat generates much lower levels of air pollutants, including carbon monoxide, nitrogen oxides, and particulate, than most other combustion sources in the United States. Studies have shown that modern oil heat systems are much cleaner per unit of heat output than other sources of energy.

An Efficient Oil

System Saves Money

A clean burning oil heat system not only produces very little air pollution, but is also cheaper to operate than other heating systems, Oil heat is more economical than other fuels, because: * The cost of oil heat has actually dropped over the last 10 years * Oil heat costs less per unit of heat produced than other sources of energy * Oil heating equipment is, on average, the most efficient heating system resulting in lower fuel consumption * Oil heat is supplied by many independent companies which offer competitive prices, unlike the monopolies created by gas and electric utilities * A $140 rebate to homeowners who install high-efficiency oil-heating equipment is available from the New York State Energy Office * A leading consumer group found that upgrading existing oil heat systems to a high-efficiency oil burner is more economical than converting to a different fuel source

Service Adds to Efficiency

Service is a major consideration when measuring heating cost. An attentive, knowledgeable service technician not only can repair the system when its down, but can maintain peak operating efficiency, which conserves fuel and reduces operating cost. Service benefits of fuel oil systems include: * Oil heat is the only heating fuel that offers "Be Right Over Service" from the local oil dealer * Thousands of trained and experienced service technicians are available 24 hours a day * The U.S. Department of Energy, Brookhaven National Laboratory and oil heat industry groups continually update technician training manuals to include new technologies * Oil heat service technicians receive periodic training about new equipment and technological advances

The Future

Oil heat technology has come a long way in the last 50 years. Today, oil is an efficient, money saving, environmentally sound fuel energy source. The oil industry, though, is constantly seeking new ways to make oil heat even more clean-burning and efficient. The U.S. Department. of Energy currently operates a research and development program for oil heat at the Brookhaven National Laboratory, where some recent developments promise to make oil heating systems even better.

One such innovation, which will soon be available for commercial and residential application, is a mini-burner using the "Babington air atomizing principle." The new mini-burner will offer many performance advantages over today's systems, including completely smoke-free operating combined with ultra-high efficiency (greater than 95 percent). These air atomizing burners will also offer new applications for oil heat, such as stove-top cooking ranges, portable refrigerators, self-powered heaters, and highly luminous portable lights.

The Facts

Compared with other sources of heating, oil heat systems are not only safer for the environment, but cost less to operate. Scientific studies have proven that oil heat is a highly-efficient, inexpensive, non-polluting source of energy.
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Author:Heller, Harold
Publication:Real Estate Weekly
Date:Aug 19, 1992
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