How Clean Is Ultra Low Sulfur Heating Oil?

If you’re a heating oil customer, you have probably heard the term “ULSHO” before—but do you know what it means? For you, it means less wear and tear on your equipment and cleaner air to breathe. For the planet? That’s a much bigger story.

Clean, Green…Heating Oil!

Believe it or not, today’s heating oil is one of the cleanest-burning options available for heating your Suffolk County home! In fact, today’s heating oil burns 95 percent cleaner than it did 50 years ago.

One of the main reasons why heating oil has cleaned up its act is that most of the sulfur has been removed from it. Today’s super clean ultra-low sulfur heating oil (ULSHO) contains 15 parts-per-million (ppm) of sulfur or less. This is a minuscule 0.5% percent of what it was just forty years ago!

The practical result of that sulfur reduction is that burning today’s heating oil produces 90 percent less ash* and 40 times less cancer-causing soot** than “regular” #2 heating oil. The eco benefits of ULSHO don’t stop there, either. ULSHO also cuts out 99 percent of sulfur dioxide emissions—a leading contributor to acid rain and smog—as well as 97 percent of airborne emissions, and 30 percent of NOx emissions compared to regular heating oil. *

As it turns out, sulfur buildup is also a common cause of heating equipment breakdowns, shorter equipment life, and lower fuel efficiency. The less of it there is, the better off we’ll all be.

What Does the Future of Heating Oil Look Like?

As great as all this news is, it’s only the beginning of the heating oil resurgence story. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, technology in development will make it possible to combine solar energy with oil heat to create hybrid systems that can reduce heating costs by up to 80 percent! In other words, heating oil will play a central role in taking climate action for years and decades to come.

Southville Petroleum Is the Premier Heating Oil Supplier on Long Island

When it comes to delivering the best and cleanest heating oil in Suffolk County, NY, no one beats Southville Petroleum!

Our expert delivery teams work hard to make every home delivery of ULSHO easy for you, offering such services as automatic heating oil delivery (free with our Gold Plan) and our Budget Plan, so you won’t ever have to worry about running out fuel.

We even offer expert maintenance for your oil-fired equipment to make sure it’s running at its reliable best all fall and winter long.

Ready to save money and the planet? Join our family of customers and get reliable fuel delivery and quality heating service all year long. Remember that for reliable ULSHO heating oil deliveries in Suffolk County, NY, nobody beats Southville Petroleum!

*Brookhaven National Laboratory
**Oil Heat Manufacturer’s Association