Oil Heat and Heating Oil Facts You Still May Not Be Aware Of

Oil is now environment-friendly.

There is so much to learn about heating oil than just the fact that it is the most reliable source of warmth and comfort in a home. For a lot of homeowners, there really is no reason to switch to newer and probably more sophisticated sources like natural gas, propane, or electricity. That’s because they haven’t really been disappointed by the service oil heat has afforded them.

If you’re a homeowner who’s been recently struggling when it comes to weighing your options when it comes to home heating, take a moment to read this post about the pertinent facts with regards to heating oil. Be reminded though that this article is not intended to convince you that heating oil is the best. It’s up to to you to figure that out for yourself. What we are providing you instead is a great bunch of information to help you decide.

Let’s begin with this very interesting post from a website called Energy Communications Council. We’re particularly intrigued by six facts about heating oil and the industry of producing it.

  1. The heating oil industry is working to cut the sulfur content of heating oil from 1,500 parts per million to 15 parts per million by 2018.
  2. In addition to its sulfur reductions, the heating oil industry is moving toward zero emissions with new fuel blends, called Bioheat®, which contain between 2 and 20 percent renewable fuel.
  3. Since 1980, the price of heating oil has increased about half as much as prices for other consumer products, according to the U.S. Department of Labor.
  4. Since 1970, the heating oil industry has cut its total greenhouse gas emissions by approximately one third.
  5. Innovations in heating equipment and conservation means that an average consumer using 1,200 gallons of heating oil in 1989 now uses only 800 gallons, or 25% less.
  6. Heating oil burns almost 95% cleaner than it did in 1970. Today, residential oil burners produce less than one-third of one percent of total U.S. particulate emissions.

Know the other wonderful facts about heating oil from this article through this link.

This is an example of how abundant oil is in the United States. (Image credit: energy.gov)

It’s really kind of silly when we recall the argument of gas and electricity heating proponents that oil is never a practical choice for heating because it is dirty and that it harms the environment. But by learning all those facts above, you have to realize on your own that such an argument is no longer with merit. With modern technology and improvements in production, oil has become as clean as other modern fuel sources.

Another argument for those who oppose the use of oil in heating is that the commodity is running low and that the prices become unstable because of the lack of supply. But then again, it’s another ploy to discredit and deny consumers like you the facts. We found this website, InvestingAnswers.com, where there’s an article titled “50 Surprising Facts You Never Knew About Oil.” We found a couple of those facts listed as very enlightening. See for yourself below:

  • The U.S. has over 200,000 miles of oil pipelines within its borders.
  • The U.S. has the 11th largest national oil reserves in the world at 21 billion barrels.
  • The U.S. is the biggest consumer of oil at over 19.5 million barrels a day.

Read the rest of the article here: http://www.investinganswers.com/investment-ideas/commodities-precious-metals/50-surprising-facts-you-never-knew-about-oil-2692

If you don’t get the point, what we’re trying to imply here is that if it true that oil is running out, why does the US have that kind of oil reserves? Where does it come from? If there is not enough supply of it, then why are we the biggest consumers of it? Aren’t we supposed to save and not use it because it is already depleting? The thing is our country may not have natural reserves but we have enough of oil to provide our homes for the next century. And with oil pipelines across the nation, oil delivery has become the most reliable of all fuel sources.

We hope all of that makes sense.