We know summer is around the corner, but right now is the prime time for Massachusetts residents to replace their old oil tanks. Not only are modern heating systems more affordable, there are temporary state programs in place that can save you hundreds of dollars on oil tank replacement—and they’re not going to last!

The Oil Rebate Program

A group called the Massachusetts Energy Marketer’s Association MEMA has launched the Discover Heating Oil Massachusetts program using leftover funds from the National Oilheat Research Alliance.

This program aims to help Massachusetts residents save hundreds of dollars on upgrading their oil tank and switching to a higher efficiency heating system that will save thousands in the long run. The tanks are ultimately better for the environment as well. Discover Heating Oil Massachusetts involves:

  • Rebates on equipment
  • Comprehensive services offered by retailers like us
  • Bioheat/alternative fuels
  • Overall energy efficiency
  • Annual cost savings

So why now?

Funds for the program are limited and the rebates are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. Basically, it’s leftover stuff….so you need to grab it while you can! Customers can currently take advantage of up to $500 off when they install a new boiler or furnace, along with the proper modern tank.

In order to understand if you can take advantage of this opportunity, you should know what type of tank is the most efficient, along with the home heating oil that is best to use.

Oil Tanks

rotted oil tankThe rule of thumb is to replace any oil tank after 30 years, but recent designs have yielded savings in not only the cost of oil, but the lifespan of the tank itself. How long a tank lasts can depend on a variety of factors like heat, humidity, and the thickness of the steel. One thing is for certain, however, it needs to be fully functioning to properly heat your home and remain safe.

Most older oil tanks have a tap on the side (which can be the root of many issues) and are typically found to be a hazmat hazard. Why is that? Side taps never get to the very bottom of the tank. When the heat oil ages, they tend to build up sludge. Over time, this type of waste can corrode the bottom of the tank and rust it from the inside-out.

Modern Oil Tanks

The latest home heating oil systems are smart, compact, and can save you up to 30% on annual heating costs. A modern oil tank has the tap on the bottom to ensure proper drainage every time. This, in turn, guarantees you will never have the type of build up you see with a side tap—thus extending the life of your tank. The following are some additional features you can look forward to with your new tank:

  • Built with double walls and corrosion-resistant materials (like galvanized steel)
  • Sleek designs
  • Can be placed in a variety of locations (i.e. garage, storage, or even underground)
  • Bottom spout for prime drainage
  • Leak-detection system
  • Long-term warranty
  • Green friendly and supports biodiesel

If you decide to replace your tank this spring, some of the rebate forms must be completed by a heating oil employee (that would be us). Click here for more details on the oil tank rebate portion of the program and see below for more details.

Why Oil Heat?

Home heating oil is still one of the best options to keep your residence warm—and with the introduction of alternative fuels like biodiesel, emissions reductions continue to improve with oil tank replacement. Heating oil now contains a 5-10% blend of a mixture known as bio heat.

Defining Bioheat

Recently, the National Biodiesel Board (NBB) released a report showing that the use of new alternative fuels (like bio heat) significantly reduces emissions such as carbon dioxide, sulfur, nitrogen oxide, particulate matter, and hydrocarbons.

Bioheat (also called biofuel) is a blend of low sulfur heating oil and biodiesel. It’s made from natural sources like soybeans and cooking oil, right here in the United States. That means that it is locally sourced, which supports the local farmers and economy. Some of the benefits to bio heat include:

  • The most refined grade of heat oil on the planet.
  • Clean burning with virtually no environmental footprint.
  • Near-zero levels of particular matter during combustion.
  • Reduction in equipment issues and maintenance.
  • Supports more efficient equipment.
  • American-made and locally sourced.
  • Provides even temperatures throughout your home.

In fact, bio fuel is so successful, it’s one of the reasons for the Governor’s announcement that the state of Massachusetts is poised to exceed its goal of 25% reduction in greenhouse-gas emissions by 2020.

Rebates

Don’t waste another minute because the savings won’t last! Get your rebate coupon here. The process is simple and customers can receive up to $500 back when they install a modern oil tank today. If you decide to replace your tank this spring, the application form for a rebate must be completed by a heating oil employee (that would be us). Click here for more details on the oil tank rebate portion of the program.

Before you know it, you’ll be looking at your cooling system for the summer, so it’s important to grab these rebates while they last.

If you have any questions about home heating oil, bioheat, or how we can assist you with an oil tank replacement call us at 978-433-5373 or fill out our contact form today. The funds won’t be around forever.