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Ultra-Low Sulfur Heating Oil 101

As of July 1st, fuel companies throughout New England are switching to ultra-low sulfur heating oil. We’ve put together a list of common questions and answers to help customers understand this change.

Q: What is ultra-low sulfur (ULS) heating oil?

A: ULS heating oil is a type of heating fuel with lower sulfur content than traditional heating oil. Traditional heating oil has around 2,500-4,000 PPM (parts per million) and the new ULS heating oil will have 15 PPM, making it a cleaner and more efficient heating fuel.

Q: Why the change to heating oil?

A: Reducing the sulfur content of heating oil means less pollution and a positive impact on the environment and our health. Compared to traditional heating oil, ULS heating oil reduces nitrogen oxide emissions up to 30% and sulfur oxide and particles by 99%.

Many local heating companies paved the way to make the transition to a cleaner fuel a reality. Kim Weiland, Dead River Company Area Director in Manchester, NH said in support of the transition, “this legislation benefits so many, including consumers and businesses, as well as the environment.”

Q: Is the price per gallon going to increase?

A: According to Clean Oil Heat NH, “while the base price for ULS heating oil can be higher than traditional heating oil, the price difference is offset by the perks of increased efficiency, greater longevity, and the lack of necessary upgrades needed to accommodate the fuel.” ULS heating oil isn’t just better for the environment – it’s better for your heating equipment, too.

Q: Is my current heating system compatible with ULS heating oil?

A: Yes! There’s no need to purchase and install new heating equipment or find a new energy provider in order to use the new ULS heating oil. Fuel companies are transitioning to ULS heating oil as of July 1st.

Q: Does this impact kerosene?

A: Yes, kerosene will also have a much lower sulfur content and be a cleaner burning fuel.

Q: How does this affect me?

A: This is a positive change for New England and the environment. Aside from reducing the need for heating equipment maintenance and allowing your heating equipment to perform more efficiently over time, many heating oil customers will not notice a difference.

If you have any questions regarding the transition to ULS heating oil, please don’t hesitate to contact us.