GuestPost: Heating Your Home With Waste Oil: Save Money on Electricity

Entering 2011, it does not seem that heating your home is getting any less expensive.  In fact, the last time I checked, utility bills, no matter what type they happen to be, are going upwards.

Regardless of whether you use natural gas or electricity to heat your home, it’s a fact that the costs have been increasing every year for the past decade.

What can a homeowner do about it?

One way to fight back is waste oil burner heating.

As expensive as they are these alternative energy devices will not only possibly quality you for some nice tax breaks but may save you thousands of dollars every single year in energy costs.

Honestly, this technology has been around for quite some time.  Its really not that new.  Its just that the same people who were hesitant to buy it before because they felt like it was more trouble than it was worth now find them to be highly feasible.

Not only has the technology associated with waste oil burners become better, thereby making them more reliable than in the past, but $300 plus monthly heating bills have made them more attractive than ever.

How Do Waste Oil Burners Work?

They work the same as conventional oil burners except they run on used motor oil.  With these devices you can heat any home, building or structure with a substance most people consider to be valueless.

How Do I Get Enough Waste Oil To Keep Up With My Needs?

This is the biggest obstacle to purchasing waste oil burners.  You are going to need a lot of waste oil to fulfill your needs.  Without at least 10-15 gallons per day you will quickly be switching back to conventional ways to heat your building, in effect, limiting your potential ROI on your machine.

You are going to have to dig for it.  Is it out there, yes, but it will not jump at you immediately.  Tire shops, quick lubes, automotive repair facilities, transmission repair shops and companies with heavy duty diesel fleets are the best places to look.

What Extra Maintenance Costs Are There With These Devices?

Because of the nature of this fuel it will require you to come up with some filtering method in order to get your burner clean.  Not only should you let the oil sit in a barrel for several days, letting particles settle to the bottle, but you will have to run the oil through some type of 30 micron filter, in addition to the standard filter attached to the holding tank.

How Much Can I Save?

You can save thousands of dollars each year on heating costs. Depending on where you live your total savings can be $2000 a year to $4500 year.  If you are a business it will, of course, be more.

Any homeowner upset with high heating costs should definitely invest in waste oil burners.  They are the answer for getting off the grid, at least partially, and becoming more self-sufficient.

Editor’s note: I wonder about the emissions associated with waste oil burners. A topic for another article perhaps. Of course, in many areas you could instead just invest in solar power for your home in order to save money on electricity.

  1 comment for “GuestPost: Heating Your Home With Waste Oil: Save Money on Electricity

  1. March 23, 2016 at 1:55 am

    I hadn’t considered using a waste oil burner to heat my home. I’ve heard of using vegetable oil to run cars, but I hadn’t heard of using used fuel to power a home. I personally don’t think I’d be up for searching for old oil from various shops, but if you’re up for it, it seems like a great way to save money. Thanks for the information.

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