Q: What is ultra-low sulfur heating oil?
A: Ultra-low sulfur heating oil (ULSHO) is heating oil with 15 parts per million (ppm) sulfur content.
Q: What is sulfur content?
A: Sulfur content is the amount of sulfur in heating oil. This is measured by parts per million (ppm).
Q: What are the differences between ULSHO and traditional heating oil?
A: ULSHO and traditional heating oil are petroleum products distilled from crude oil. ULSHO only has 15 ppm sulfur content. Traditional heating oil previously sold in Pennsylvania in 2015 has up to 2,000 ppm sulfur content.
HEATING OILAs of September 1, 2020
HEATING OILAs of September 15, 2015
|Sulfur content||15 PPM||2,000 PPM|
|Reliable delivery from local dealers|
|Warm, efficient burn|
|Extended equipment lifespan|
|Greater operating efficiency|
Q: How will oil consumers in PA benefit from ULSHO?
A: Ultra-low sulfur heating oil is very beneficial for oil consumers. These benefits include:
- ULSHO burns cleaner than traditional heating oil. It produces less pollution in the air we breathe.
- Your heating system will run more efficiently on ULSHO. This will lower buildup in your equipment, which will reduce the number of cleanings needed. Increased efficiency and a cleaner burn will translate to fewer service visits and less money spent on service work.
- The transition will not cause any added costs, because ULSHO is compatible with current oil heating equipment.
Q: What are the environmental benefits of ULSHO?
A: Researchers have found that lower sulfur content in heating oil significantly reduces the amount of nitrogen oxide, sulfur oxide, and particulate matter emissions. These emissions are linked to many environmental and public health issues. Fewer emissions in our air is better for the environment and our public health.
Q: Is ULSHO compatible with my oil heat system and storage tank?
A: Yes. Ultra-low sulfur heating oil is compatible with current oil heating equipment. Oil heat consumers will not need to make any equipment upgrades or modifications.
Q: Does ULSHO cost more?
A: ULSHO prices are comparable to traditional heating oil prices and are susceptible to change, like any other fuel on the market. In the long run, ULSHO provides customers with greater annual savings than traditional oil heat.