February 01, 2013

Being environmentally friendly is a huge part of the modern day consumers’ life. From recycling products to promoting sustainable living, it is in our homes that some of the biggest changes are being made. One of the main causes of pollution across the world is our fuel emissions.

Kerosene or 28 second burning fuel as it’s also known, is a thin, clear liquid distilled from petroleum and used for a range of purposes across the world most notably as home heating oil. It is the second most popular choice of fuel for property owners.

With so many people currently using home heating oil and many switching to it from other sources of fuel, questions are being asked just how green is it and what are the pro’s con’s of using it over other energy supplies.


  • Cleaner burning than other fossil fuels
  • Less combustible than gas
  • Adaptable. Unlike some other fuels home heating oil can be modified. Oil suppliers are developing and offering a variety of products that give a cleaner burn and reduced carbon emissions
  • Low sulphur
  • High performance. As home heating oil burns hotter than other energy it warms homes quicker so can be used for shorter amounts if time
  • Safe and efficient
  • Home heating oil doesn’t contain any recognised cancer causing agents
  • Aided advancements in technology, produce and if it wasn’t for finding kerosene the world’s population of whales would be extinct. Before that their oil used to be used as the main way lighting lamps


  • Fossil fuels, including home heating oil, release ‘greenhouses gases’ such as carbon dioxide which has been directly attributed to global warming
  • Environmental footprint left by the transportation of home heating oil
  • Oil spills can and have had devastating impacts on the environment, wildlife and ecosystems. With strict industry regulations, guidelines and practises in place these are rare but still remain an ongoing threat
  • Non-renewable and used oil is hard to recycle

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