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Q: Is oil heat an efficient way to heat a home?
A: oil heat has always provided efficient and affordable warmth and it’s gotten even better in recent years. Many oil-fired systems now display the prestigious Energy Star Label, which signifies that they are technologically advanced and clean burning. Some oil heat systems have efficiency ratings that exceed 90%.
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Q: Are there adequate supplies of heating oil?
A: It’s been more than 30 years since there was a significant problem with energy supplies. Today, improvements in drilling technology have opened up reserves in more countries than ever.

The United States also has a Strategic Petroleum Reserve with nearly 700 million barrels in place. It’s the word’s largest emergency oil stockpile. A few years ago, the U.S. also established a two-million-barrel heating oil service.
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Q: What’s the easiest way to get a delivery?
A: The easiest way to get heating oil is through automatic delivery. The oil company normally counts “degree-days” to keep track of how cold the weather has been and calculates an individual burn rate for each customer. This lets the company know just when a customer will need a delivery, long before most people would know it themselves.

Automatic delivery doesn’t mean more fuel is burned. It provides peace of mind because you don’t have to think twice about how much fuel is in your tank.
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Q: What should I do about an old system?

An old oil heat system is no different than any other outdated heating system, regardless of the fuel used. Old systems can generate higher than necessary fuel bills, but they can easily be replaced with equipment that incorporates new oil heat technology.

The nonprofit Consumer Energy Council of America concluded that changing fuel sources does not make “economic sense” and a better investment would be to upgrade an older system to new equipment in order to improve efficiency.
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Q: How do I know if my system should be replaced?
A: Oil heat systems typically last 30 years and longer. However, the older the system the greater the gain in efficiency and cleanliness through upgrading. If your oil heat system is less than 25 years old, you are already benefiting from some of the technological advances of Clearburn Science.
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Q: Besides a total replacement, are there lower-cost ways to improve an oil heat system’s efficiency?
A: A professional tune-up can increase efficiency by to 5%. Homeowners can also improve efficiency-by as much as 25% – if they replace an old burner with a modern, flame-retention burner rather than replacing the entire furnace or boiler. Purchasing a new burner is a modest investment with a rapid payback. It is estimated that flame-retention burners have saved homeowners billions of dollars in fuel costs and have conserved more than six billion gallons of oil.
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Biofuel

Q: What is bio fuel heating oil?
A: Bio fuel is a cleaner burning alternative fuel, produced from any fat or vegetable oil, such as soybean oil. It contains no petroleum, but it can be mixed with petroleum heating oil to create a bio fuel blend. Bio fuel is simple to use, is biodegradable, nontoxic, and essentially free of sulfur, and reduces carbon emission.
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Q: Why use bio fuel heating oil?
A: There are many important reasons for our country to be using bio fuels. Bio fuels like bio heating oil are made from domestically produced, renewable resources, reducing our dependence on imported oil and improving our energy security and balance of trade. Because bio fuels contain no sulfur, they create fewer emissions than fossil fuels. And they contribute virtually no carbon dioxide to the atmosphere, which is important for reducing the buildup of greenhouse gases.
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Q: Will I need to make changes to my heating equipment or storage tank?
A: No, bio fuel will not cause problems for your current equipment or storage tank. In fact, it may be a benefit! Bio heating oil actually burns cleaner with less soot and particulates.
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Q: Is bio fuel heating oil expensive?
A: The price of bio heating oil is virtually the same as conventional home heating oil. In addition, there are tax incentives to using bio heating oil.
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Q: Can I get a fixed price on bio heating oil?
A: Yes, Robison offers the same pricing options as conventional heating oil.
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