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Southold company first to pedal environmentally friendly home heating oil

Care for some soybean oil with your home heating fuel? One Southold company is offering a mix of the two as a way to help save the environment and put some savings in your pocket come tax time. Burt's

News 12 Staff

Jul 21, 2006, 11:03 PM

Updated 6,575 days ago

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Care for some soybean oil with your home heating fuel? One Southold company is offering a mix of the two as a way to help save the environment and put some savings in your pocket come tax time.
Burt's Reliable is the first Long Island-based company to push the environmentally friendly oil, a blend of 5 percent refined soybean oil and 95 percent standard heating oil. Called Bioheat, the fuel can be used in a homeowner?s existing heating system and costs roughly the same price of standard heating oil. Bioheat enthusiasts say that in addition to burning cleaner fuel, using the oil could reduce dependency on foreign fuel and increase support of American farmers.
State and local officials are stepping up to promote Bioheat. The state is offering a tax credit of 5 cents on the gallon to customers who switch to the fuel, while Suffolk Legislator Ed Romaine (R-Riverhead) is proposing a bill to eliminate county sales tax for those who use it.


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