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What Is ULSHO?

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Did you know that today’s heating oil burns 95 percent cleaner than it did 50 years ago?

In large part, that’s due to the removal of sulfur from the fuel – a process that has happened slowly over time (but more quickly in the last five years here in New England). Today’s super clean ultra low sulfur heating oil (ULSHO) contains 15 parts-per-million (ppm) of sulfur or less – down from the 500 ppm levels established in 2014 (it was 3,000 ppm before that).

What do all those numbers mean for you? Well, in one sense, they mean very little, since you can continue to use your heating equipment without making any modifications to enjoy the benefits of ULSHO.

In another sense, it means a lot for you, since sulfur buildup is a common cause of heating equipment breakdowns, shorter equipment life, and lower efficiency.

Widespread use of ULSHO in the Northeastern U.S. also means a lot to the planet, since sulfur produces 90 percent less ash* and 40 times less soot** than regular 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), 97 percent of airborne emissions, and 30 percent of NOx emissions compared to regular heating oil.*

Bioheat® + ULSHO = a winning combination

At Needham Oil Complete Heating & Cooling, we are deeply committed to green energy solutions that improve comfort, convenience, and value for you while also protecting the environment.

That’s why every gallon of heating oil we sell is not just ULSHO, but Bioheat® ULSHO.

BioHeat ULSHO is a blend of ultra low sulfur heating oil and biodiesel from sources like vegetable oils, algae, animal fats and recycled grease. To learn more about the benefits of Bioheat, check this link from the Massachusetts Energy Marketer’s Association.

Our expert delivery teams work hard to make every delivery of Bioheat ULSHO easy for you, offering such convenient services as automatic heating oil delivery and SmartPay so you don’t have to worry about running out of or paying for your heating oil. We even offer expert heating equipment service 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? Contact us today and become a Needham Complete Heating & Cooling customer. And remember: for reliable delivery of Bioheat ULSHO heating oil in Middlesex and Norfolk Counties, no one beats Needham Complete!

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